Free Music School

Free Music School provides free, weekly, instrumental music lessons to students in grades 4-12. 

We  offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes on violin, trumpet, flute, clarinet, sax, trombone, baritone, and tuba.  Students choose ONE instrument to learn to play. 

 Classes are held on Friday afternoons, for half-hour group sessions,  between the hours of 4-6pm. 

Parents provide the instrument ( and music book/ stand) and volunteer "Music Mentors" provide the lessons, free of charge.  Please note:  we are NOT a  "low-income" program, we are an "every income" program :) 

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/ info. session for new students will be on Friday, August 25th at 4pm

-- this is a MANDATORYmeeting for all new students.  You must be there at 4pm to receive your registration form.  All qualified students who attend, on time, will be accepted into our program.  We will all meet in the sanctuary, so there is no need to come early to line up, BUT, you must be there at 4pm.  

Interested in joining?  Please visit the various pages on our website to have many of your questions answered. 

4th-12th grade students who currently play a musical instrument and have finished at least one year of instruction on their instrument are welcome to join our intermediate/advanced classes.  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!

Questions:  email us at

Does your 4th-12th grade student already play a musical instrument?  "Intermediate/Advanced" students are welcome to join our program at any time during the year.  Please see our "New Students" page for more information.

"Because every student deserves the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument."

Donations are always appreciated! 

If you would like to donate a musical instrument, supplies, sheet music, etc., please see our donations page. 

Volunteer "Music Mentors: needed! Musicians of all ages and ability levels are invited to join our program.  We also offer "community service" credit to our high school volunteers.  Please visit our Music Mentor page for more information. 

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Instruments are not required for the 1st (2) sessions, just come and meet us first!

MANDATORY REGISTRATION SESSION:  Friday, August 25th, 4pm.  

This is the ONLY time you can register -- see below.

Keys to Success:  On time, every time ......Bring ALL of your supplies, ......and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!