If you rent and instrument, we DO recommend purchasing the insurance and a care kit!

Students will not need to have their instruments/ books and stands until the third session, mid September. 

Questions:  email us (me!) at:

freemusicschool@yahoo.com

All students are required to have their own instrument, portable music stand and instruction book.  We are currently using :

"Standards of Excellence" for band instruments (book 1 for beginners)
"Strictly Strings" for violins (book 1 for beginners).

Please purchase these from your local music store, such as Music Village on Blossom Hill/Snell or Amazon

(remember, DO NOT PURCHASE INSTRUMENTS on Amazon!)

We recommend musiciansfriend.com for purchasing portable music stands ( $10 ) and "Standards of Excellence" Books ($8).



Free Music School is able to offer instruction on the following band and orchestra instruments (students choose one)  --

  trumpet          flute         clarinet         saxophone       trombone       tuba        French horn       baritone           violin     

*  We do not offer piano, guitar or drums at this time. 


* Due to generous donations, we do have a few instruments to loan students free of charge. Choices are limited.  Please rent an instrument from the local music store if you can afford to. 

WARNING:  DO NOT BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT FOR YOUR STUDENT UNLESS YOU ARE A MUSICIAN, or

if you get it from a brick-and-mortar music store, such as Music Village or The Starving Musician. 

 Cheap is cheap, and shiny does not equal "good quality".  Do not buy from Amazon! Do not buy from Amazon!  Talk to us first!

 DO NOT PURCHASE NEW INSTRUMENTS ONLINE FROM AMAZON/COSTCO/Ebay!!!!!!!!!!
Rental Instruments are available at Music Village:  5885 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose  95123, or

The Starving Musician on Steven's Creek Blvd, Kamimoto Strings in downtown San Jose, and a few other "real" music stores.

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

Group lessons are held once a week, on Friday afternoons, at:

Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
Class times are as follows:
Theory (required for all beginning musicians):  4-4:30pm
Beginning:  4:30-5pm
Intermediate:  5-5:30pm
Advanced:  5:30-6pm
Your instructor will be able to tell you which class to attend.

 Free Music School is designed for all students in grades 4-12 throughout the San Jose area.  All students are welcome,        regardless of the school they attend.  Homeschooled students are welcome to join our program as well. 

Free Music School:  Program Details


Clarinet and Saxophone players will need to purchase at least 3 reeds, size 1.5 for younger beginners, size 2 for 6th-grade+ beginners.  Reed players will always need to replace reeds, as needed, so that they always have 3 available.

The price of admission is commitment:  Perfect attendance is mandatory for our students!

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