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 which takes place in late August. 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 (4-5pm) 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.
Classes are held at:
Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
Registration for new, beginning students will occur in late August, please check back for the date.
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. We offer community service credit to our Music Mentors. 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.
We also welcome new music-mentor volunteers -- please contact us for more information!