Students are invited to sign up to play a solo  (or duet, ensemble) at the concert.  One per student, on an instrument you play at FMS, 2 minutes or less.  See or email Mrs Love for details, or, the name/composer of your song.

Current Student Updates:

Class Schedule:

Theory (reading music):  4-4:30pm, mandatory for all NEW students.   If a student can already read music, they will be able to "test-out" of this session during the first meeting.

Beginning Band/ Beginning Violin:  4:30-5pm

Intermediate Band/ Intermediate Violin:  5-5:30 pm

Music mentors will determine the placement of your student.  Most students will be in intermediate for 1-3 years.....some less, some more, depending on how much they practice on their own, at home, during the week. 

Advanced Band/ Advanced Violin:  5:30-6pm

Advanced class is reserved for students who can sight-read more difficult music.  It is run more as a "community concert band" session, where students play more challenging music, without as much focus on instruction.  This is a great group for students who are already playing with their jr high/ high school band and orchestra, and want to jam with friends.

For younger students, your mentors will invite you when they feel that you are ready to participate in the group. 

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If your personal schedule does not work with the above schedule, please do not enroll in Free Music School.  Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is Mandatory -- the price of admission is commitment! 

Bathrooms:  Use the bathroom before you come to FMS. 

Bathrooms are not available to students/parents/siblings at FMS. 

It's a 1/2 hour class -- go before you come!  In an emergency, please visit one of the shops in our vicinity. 

If you feel that this is unreasonable, please do not join our program.  I'm a music teacher, not a janitor. 

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Parents:  PLEASE DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS ON FRIDAYS: (Me or our Music Mentors)

Please email/call on or before Thursday evening.  We do not answer parent questions on Fridays.  There is no time.  Not even a minute. 

(Yes, of course students may ask questions during class! -- we just don't have time for parent questions on Fridays.)

Also:  Please do not wait until Friday to tell us your child's instrument isn't working: 

email ahead of time and/or take it to the shop.  If we know ahead of time, we might be able to loan them another instrument, but we won't have time to get it ready during class, so please let us know ahead of time.  Thank You for your understanding.  Yes, your student will need to attend even if their instrument is broken -- they can practice the week's lesson at home after their instrument is fixed. 

Dress Rehearsal Friday, December 7th:  ALL Students at FMS from 4:30-6pmto run-through the entire concert. 

You do not need to dress up for the dress rehearsal, only the concert. 

Christmas Concert    Friday, December 14th

Students arrive by 6:30 pm for warm-up and final prep.  The concert will begin at 7 pm.  

Concert Dress:  Students, please wear white on top, black on the bottom.  T-shirts and black jeans are ok.  Black/white dresses and skirts are ok.  Ties are nice, but not required.  Please wear dark shoes as well.

Also, please bring a finger-food dessert to share for the post-concert reception, a FMS tradition!  Students will meet and leave their cases in the back office rooms at 6:30.  Desserts can be dropped off in the back kitchen room as well.  

NO REGULAR PRACTICE from 4-6 on concert night.

CHRISTMAS IN THE Park, Downtown San Jose, Thursday, December 20th, 5:45 - 7 pm. 

All FMS students are invited to play during their level.  Dress code:  WARM! (festive encouraged, but no flashing lights please.)  

Students must bring their own instrument, I will bring music and stands.   

Also, we will not have FMS on Dec 21, 28 or January 4th.  Classes will resume on January 11th. 

There will be no more theory class in January -- beginners will attend from 4:30 - 5pm.