Kind Words From Our Parents & Students

I am a professional, classically trained singer who has performed regularly at the New York Metropolitan Opera for the past 10 years...I have spent a lot of time in music classes for my young daughters, and The New Mozart School of Music is absolutely unique in its approach to teaching music to young children...We are so fortunate to have this amazing school in our community.
— Malin Fritz Walrod
From the teachers to the front staff, the entire school has been an amazing experience for our family. Teachers Barbara and Catarina are so gifted in their ability to work with young children and from registration to scheduling, the staff are responsive, accommodating and a pleasure to interact with.
— Jennifer P.
This has been one of the most important activities my daughter has participated in over the past year which has contributed positively to her overall self-esteem, love for music and development of her internal understanding of her own creativity and imagination.
— Jean C.
We love New Mozart! Our daughter, who is now 16 years old, began with New Mozart’s Harmony Road program when she was about 5 years old. She has been taking private lessons ever since she finished that program. Her primary focus has been voice, with Teacher Diane. Our daughter has a lot of natural talent, but Diane really helped her fill in the gaps and become a very well-rounded singer. By providing a variety of challenging material, Diane helped our daughter prepare to perform in musical theater, opera, classical, pop and other genres. Our daughter now sings professionally and Diane has been extremely supportive of her career. She recommended our daughter for a role in a local opera, which was a great experience for her. Diane is also a lovely person, very kind and caring.

Everyone on the staff has always been caring, professional and accommodating.
— Ginny C.
My son and daughter have been studying music (guitar) at New Mozart since past 4 years. I must admit this was our 4th or 5th music academy and we were apprehensive when we started there since our expectations are very high. BUT We have been thrilled at the quality of the music teachers, the method of teaching and MOST importantly how the teacher (Thomas) ensure the kids are engaged and interested.
To make my point- I don’t have to ask my kids to practice- they get so excited about their piece that they want to come home and practice!!!

Also the director Christine has been very helpful when a guitar teacher has moved to NY by ensuring the kids got the right kind of teacher that suits their personality. This, I think very few music academies do for their students. She knows each student so well that she won’t hesitate to let us know which teacher works for kids and which doesn’t. Goes to show the love and commitment to providing world class music to kids!!

Also their admin staff is very kind, flexible and always willing to help.
— Sush M.
I started to take violin lessons from Teacher Michele last year. At the beginning not only could I not play any musical instruments, I couldn’t even read musical notes. Therefore, going into this I really didn’t have very high expectations that I would improve much in a year. Fast forward to today and I now manage to read musical notes and play the pieces written by classical composers such as Bach, Handel and Brahms!

This is all thanks to Michele, she is an amazing teacher. She encourages me when I’m down and pushes me when I get lazy... you are making my dreams come true!
— Ochan O
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My daughter has been with NMSM for 8 years now. She started violin lesson when she was 5 years old. Had we not put her in this amazing school, her love for music would have not been nurtured at all. Since then, she has performed numerous recitals - all organized by the school. Recently, the NMSM worked with the Cambridge-Heidelberg-Montpellier Youth Orchestra (CHMYO) to provide scholarships to young musicians in Palo Alto. My daughter was fortunate to be one of those selected to participate in this summer exchange program in Heidelberg, Germany. The program was very intensive, but my daughter enjoyed it so much. I am very thankful that the school and Christine - the School Director - provided her with this wonderful and fruitful experience because it made her more interested in playing violin particularly playing in an orchestra. She even changed her school elective to “Orchestra” so she could continue playing with other young talented musicians in her school. I definitely recommend NMSM!
— -Rommel B.
We’ve been extremely pleased with your school and the faculty. Our teacher has taken our children’s talent to new heights and have won my utmost respect for her teaching skills...
— Ann Q.
My younger boy has been with this school for the past three years, he takes piano lesson with teacher Irina, and recently signed up violin with Michelle. My older one started with a music school in San Jose and now with a private teacher in a studio. Based on those different experiences, I will have to say publicly here what I’ve been telling my friends in private, look no further if you are in Palo Alto area.

They have dedicated top notch teachers with impressive professional background, and kids have plenty of opportunities in summer or through substitute to try out lessons with a wide range of instructors in different styles. Parents are allowed and welcome to sit through lessons, so they can observe the learning/teaching styles and better assist practices at home. I found it very helpful and effective for those younger kids from non-musical families. I find myself learning with my kids, sharing their joy and, of course, frustration as well.

New Mozart school holds regular student recitals twice a year and one honor and a faculty recital. That’s a strong advantage over some private studios, stage experience is just an important part of music education.

Although CM test is optional, school does offer preparation and recital opportunities for those who opt for it.

Office staff are warm and responsive, they maintain efficient communications with parents through phone, email and newsletter, all payments and performance sign ups can be done online, which is very convenient.
— Sheryl S.
 
 
We are very happy with our teacher. She is great with children. Very experienced... Caleb is really starting to love the piano. Elissa...is proud of her accomplishments and so are we.
— Jerry & Gloria Y.
New Mozart’s Harmony Road Program is a wonderful program that enables children to learn basic music theory, enjoy singing and love playing the piano. I have friends who said, “ your son is only 5 years old and you’re letting him play the piano. He can’t possibly be ready for that yet!

My son not only enjoyed coming to his Harmony Road class every Saturday but he looked forward to practicing what he learned from class at home as often as 6 days a week. He wasn’t being forced to practice he just simply loved the music and the piano.

By the end of the course, my son was not only reading his notes very well but he was able to play songs (by ear) that were not even taught in class.

We absolutely loved Christine. She made us (my son, husband and I) want to learn how to play the piano... What a privilege it has been for my son to be a part of this wonderful program!
— Stella C.
My elementary-school-aged son is a near-beginner guitar student and has been taking lessons with Patrick at New Mozart for the last 7 weeks. Patrick is just phenomenal. He’s amazingly positive, nice, funny, supportive, and effective. He has my son jump into new chords and songs. My son suggested a couple of songs from the radio and Patrick learned them and teaches them. He uses play along techniques, plays piano accompaniment, and has a programmable drum machine. He is able to gradually teach music theory in a way that in no way interferes with the jamming and the fun. My son is thriving. We’re on a wait list for additional time with Patrick!

The staff has been courteous, responsive, and efficient. I prefer email communications—and they are clear and concise over email.
— Juan S.
Great music school! Friendly teachers who are good at what they do and the office staff are very friendly and accommodating as well (always very responsive to emails and phone calls). School has several hundred students. Teachers we’ve had are great! Thanks New Mozart!
— -Ann P.
After studying violin at New Mozart for about two months, Ethan was able to perform a song in the year end violin recital!...

We are all amazed... Ethan became much more responsible, focused and expressive...

We LOVE Ethan’s teacher. It takes patience, commitment, professionalism, passion and enthusiasm to teach a four year old boy. She translates the music notes into kids languages, “strawberry, watermelon…”. She corrects the mistakes in a positive and fun way. She tells a story when demonstrating a song. No matter how tired she is, she always has that sunshine smile on her face... She is the one who opened the gate of music for Ethan...

New Mozart School is very informative and responsive. They communicate with me about all the upcoming events, remind me about important dates, answer all my questions in a very timely manner.
— Chunming D.
My son is a high school senior and has been taking jazz piano classes with Teacher Patrick at the New Mozart School of Music from 2009. He has had a great learning experience here and has absolutely loved learning music from Patrick.

Before he came to New Mozart he had been learning classical piano for about 3 years with a private teacher. When his interest switched to blues and possibly jazz music we came to New Mozart School of Music, on a friend’s recommendation. The staff members at the office were encouraging and helpful. They were open to him exploring jazz before he committed and suggested Teacher Patrick as a teacher. From the first class onwards my son was sold on both the teacher and the music.

Patrick is patient, encouraging and a flexible teacher. He is an enthusiastic, upbeat person who brings a lot of positive energy to his class. Particularly during this school year, due to the academic workload, my son would have dropped his piano classes but for Patrick who patiently and firmly kept him practicing. My son’s interest in jazz music and his growth as a jazz pianist who loves to improvise is in large part due to Patrick and he is lucky to have him as his piano teacher.

New Mozart also has biannual student music recitals, an honors recital and a teachers’ concert. All these are great venues for young musicians to learn from and showcase their talent.

My husband and I are extremely happy that we found New Mozart School of Music when we did. It is a wonderful music school with so many different teachers and instruments to choose from. I would wholeheartedly recommend New Mozart to both first time and seasoned music students.
— -Mallika S.
My daughters love the teachers at New Mozart. I was very pleased how well my girls played at their first recital after a semester of group classes of Harmony Road I. I was really amazed by what and how the Harmony Road II kids played. The Harmony Road classes are parent participation which is very helpful for parents who have no or limited musical training, so I was able to help them with practice when my wife was busy.
— Linden H.
Oh we have nothing but great things to say about the class! My girls are singing non-stop. I’ve actually had some music classes in SF with Izabelle when she was younger, and the difference is pretty amazing ...We love it...
— Athea L.
Great program. I have recommended it to MANY friends in the area...fantastic
— Julie M.
We are very pleased. William enjoys playing the piano and progressed well...Our teacher is wonderful and talented.
— Carol B.
I think the class has been absolutely wonderful. I really like the well-rounded approach...Noah and I both love coming to the class.
— Sharon C
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you for making this class a delightful learning experience for Siddharth and Leela. Their love for music has grown immensely and apart from enjoying the class, they happily practice what they have learned. I could not have asked for more.
— Roshni S.
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Gitanjali truly enjoys going to music class. She loves the piano...We drive up from San Jose for it....
— David M.
We like our teacher very much...We are very excited to see our son’s dramatic improvement in piano skills since he started with her.
— Hiromi L.
I have been taking my children to the New Mozart School of Music for approximately 3 years, after my family moved from San Francisco to Los Altos. Before moving, my daughter was just starting some of the Early Childhood and First Steps at the Keyboard classes at the San Francisco Conservatory, and we were worried we wouldn’t be able to find a quality music school nearby our new home. I was thrilled after my husband found this school and I attended the classes with my daughter. We started in the Harmony Road classes, which I was surprised to find better than the classes at the SF Conservatory for kids. Much more fun, but also did a better job at teaching the musical concepts and allowing the children to become excited and interested in music, thereby enjoying themselves and advancing without being pushed. Very few places will teach solfege, which is a nice thing to know for ear training. The chance to compose simple songs and perform in recitals from a young age is spectacular. I performed as a serious amateur for many years, but never at such a young age ( I think my daughter started at 4). No stage fright in these kids.

After the Harmony Road classes, my daughter started private piano lessons which has been outstanding. For a few months, we switched to a teacher closer to our home, someone highly recommended by a neighbor who is a pianist, only to find that my daughter didn’t enjoy her lessons and stopped practicing completely. We switched back to the New Mozart School, and my daughter is advancing well and having fun doing it. I never have to ask her to practice; she does it herself. Danielle’s “goody box” with small rewards (stickers, lollipops, etc) for practicing is a huge incentive for little kids. She always made the lessons enjoyable and fun (she gets “100 thumbs up” from my daughter). Irina is also wonderful, and shows my daughter such patience and kindness. She also has a knack for teaching key musical ideas and proper technique for playing the piano and getting a beautiful sound.

My little boy (3 yrs old) has also just started in the Music in Me classes. We have a lot of music around my son, in my house, in the car, etc, and my husband, my daughter, and me all play instruments. My son also had previously attended Gymboree’s baby/toddler music classes. So I was pretty startled by how incredibly excited he was after the first class. He did about 2 months of the exercises from the workbook in one day, and took my music stand into the playroom so he could “practice” his music. He is now starting to sit at the piano and not just pretend to play, but actually pick out the notes to some of his favorite songs (Twinkle, Twinkle, etc). Mostly, I’m just glad he is happy to be learning to play and enjoy music, and I hope this is a good start for both my kids to develop a lifelong love of music, as well as good playing ability.

I would certainly recommend the school to my friends (and have). Very good place to take kids for music lessons — group lessons, private lessons, and even for the really little kids. My husband wants to take some guitar lessons there too, but hasn’t had time yet. The staff is very personable and helpful. The teachers are outstanding, and work amazingly well with children. The facility is beautiful and well located. Your kids will come out loving music and playing well. Enjoy!
— -Bob R.