Free Music School :
We are a group of volunteer "music mentors" who provide free, weekly, instrumental music lessons to students in grades 4-12. Basically, we get together once a week, on Friday afternoons during the school year, to teach students how to play a musical instrument. We currently offer instruction on violin, trumpet, flute, clarinet, sax, trombone, baritone, or tuba. (Students choose ONE instrument to learn to play. )
In order to join our program, students must be in 4th-12th grade and attend our welcome session with their parent/ guardian, which takes place on August 30th at 4 pm. . We do not charge any fees to participate in our program, but parents must provide the instrument --renting from a local music store is recommended -- the instruction book and a portable music stand.
Please note: we are NOT a "low-income" program, we are an "every income" program :) Due to generous community donations, we do have a small number of instruments to lend students free of charge if needed.
Prompt and perfect attendance is expected from all of our participants: the cost of admission is commitment!
If you have a student who may be interested in joining our program, please see some of the additional details below.
Classes are held on Friday afternoons, for half-hour group sessions:
Music Theory - required for all beginning students: 4-4:30pm
Beginning : 4:30-5pm
Advanced (by teacher recommendation only): 5:30-6pm.
Most of our new students will be in theory and beginning class (4-5 pm) Music Theory is about learning how to read notes: whole, half, quarter, eighth, etc. Students are not expected to know ANY music theory, but, if they already know the basic elements of reading music, they will have an opportunity to "test out" of the theory class after the first few meetings. Also, students who do not learn how to read notes during the first year will be expected to attend again the following year. This will be discussed at the opening session.
Every student in grades 4-12 who would like to learn to play a musical instrument, and is dedicated to attending EVERY week and practicing at home is encouraged to join our program. We use the following age chart to determine eligibility for our youngest students: https://www.pausd.org/registration/grade-placement if your child does not meet the 4th grade requirement on this chart, please wait for the correct year to register them. No exception. Parents who attempt to bypass this detail will have their child's eligibility permanently withdrawn from our program due to safety concerns.
Classes are held at:
Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
Registration for new, beginning students will occur on Friday, August 30th at 4 pm, sharp! This meeting is mandatory, no exceptions! If you arrive after 4 pm you will need to wait until the following year to enroll.
We do NOT have a sign-up form. Again, we are a group of volunteers who meet for 2 hrs/week to teach music. Every eligible student who attends our welcome session with their parent/guardian, agrees to abide by all of our rules and expectations will be accepted into our program. Many students will not be able to abide by our rules, so our participation numbers will drop after the first 2-3 weeks.
Our curriculum is similar to that taught in public school music programs for grades 4-9. Our beginning classes are for true beginners. Our intermediate music is approximately at the middle-school level and our advanced program is in the early high school level. We love to work with beginners and introduce them to the joy and fun of playing music as a team. If your student is a musical genius, this is probably NOT the program for them.
About 1/2 of our program is for beginning students, and the other 1/2 is for students who love to come and play at FMS. Many of our middle school students attend for extra rehearsal time. All of our students enjoy our low-pressure, group atmosphere. It's fun. We want to share music with each other -- that's why we're all here, both students and mentors alike. Please contact us for more information. Also, ALL participants must fill out the registration form , agree to follow all of our rules and check-in with Mrs.Love as we need to know who is with us :) Thank you!
We also welcome new music-mentor volunteers -- please contact us for more information!