The Hunter School of Music offers private lessons in:
Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Flute, Theory, and Composition.
Depending on age and ability, you can choose from a 30 minute, 45 minute, or 60 minute weekly private lesson. Private lessons are available to anyone from 5 years old through adults, beginners, intermediate, or advanced. Our instructors have several years experience teaching children in schools, college classes, and individual and group lessons to all ages and abilities. You may read about each instructor’s background and their teaching philosophy under the “Meet the Instructors” tab.
Please call for current lesson rates.
If you have a younger child (3-5) that is looking for a small group introductory to music class we have a group general music class on Thursdays from 5:00-5:30 taught by Amy Hunter. The class is 30 minutes long and can enroll up to 8 children. These classes include:
- dancing and listening to music
- playing music and rhythms using percussion instruments such as hand drums, cymbals, xylophones, maracas, etc.
- learning simple music terminology such as forte, piano, andante, allegro, beat, rhythm
- learning about different instruments and being able to identify them by sound
- an introduction to the piano
For more information call or text Amy at 408-320-6484.
Lessons are taught:
- Monday-Friday 2:00pm-8:00pm*
- Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
*Earlier or later times are available upon special request.
Call or text 408-320-6484 to inquire about current tuition rates.
“My daughter takes both piano and guitar at HMS. She was a beginning student on both. Her instructors, Brian and Todd are absolutely amazing. They are unbelievable musicians and wonderful teachers, meeting her right where she is and pushing her forward. My daughter is not interested in doing recitals, but most students do them I believe. She absolutely loves her weekly lessons and has grown so much! We can’t say enough good things about them!”
~Mother of a student who takes piano and guitar, San Jose, CA September 2017
“We are so happy we found the Hunter School of Music. My 7-year old daughter has been going there for the past month with Brian as her teacher. I had the chance to observe a lesson and I was impressed with how well he explained things at a level a young child would understand. My daughter is excited to practice and loving her experience so far. The other thing we love about the school is that Amy and the team really work to build community. They have events for the students to attend together. For example, we went to a Beethoven exhibit that was wonderful. There are also opportunities for them to perform for one another through recitals and free group lessons. This is such a sweet school with clear dedication to building musical capability. We really love it so far.”
~Mother of piano student, San Jose, CA, September 2016
“My son has been taken piano lessons with Amy for more than 1 year now. Amy works great with kids. She has her special ways to keep them engaged to every piece, and brings that to the next level to make them ENJOY every piece. I notice my son has become much more musical than a year ago. The school offers free monthly group lessons for kids and adults, where the students meet, play for each other, and get feedbacks from each other and from the instructors. All instructors at the school are highly capable and passionate about music. They inspire and convey their passion to each student, no matter if they teach them or not. The school also organized field trips such as summer outdoor concert at SJSU, petting zoo of musical instruments from the San Jose Orchestra, or Beethoven exhibits. The school create an unspoken culture that makes students feel more welcomed and confident.
With all of the positive things from this school, I then decided to take lessons with Amy too, as a novice; and I’ve enjoyed every lesson. I’m so glad we found and joined this music school!”
~Mother of piano student, San Jose, CA, September 2016
“For many months now, I have one child taking piano lessons from Amy and one taking guitar lessons from Todd. This school and the teachers stand out in excellence due to their teaching abilities and their incredible program opportunities. Just the other week, after his guitar lesson, my child raved about the electric guitar his teacher played for him. It completely moved him so that his eyes lit up while he was talking about it! The inspiring appreciation for music is what the teachers add and that is priceless. My other son, while listening to some classical piano I had playing on my cell phone, knew it was Chopin playing and requested more! I was really thrilled at their joy and desire to play and appreciate music!
The opportunities the school provides also add to the entire experience! Amy sets up special opportunities for the kids (and adults) to have social events where they play for each other, a “petting zoo” of instruments by the San Jose Orchestra, and trips to the Beethoven exhibit at SJSU – all free. There are also bi-annual recitals where family and friends can attend (with a fun potluck after). The sense of community between the students and with the teachers really help make the students feel welcomed and a part of a special group. I’m truly delighted by my experience with them!”
~Mother of piano and guitar student, San Jose, CA, September 2016
“My daughter has been attending lessons with Amy for 3 years. Amy is a great instructor, and keeps my daughter engaged and has really fostered my daughters love if playing piano.
Lessons are a combination of music theory, practicing old pieces and learning new ones. But Amy customizes the lessons based on my daughters development. For example, when my daughter started learning songs by ear, Amy encouraged her curiosity by teaching her improvisation, on helped her arrange songs she wanted to learn.
Amy is also expanding the learning experience by organizing enriching field trips, or evenings where students can play together.
I highly recommend the school and Amy in particular.”
~Mother of piano student, San Jose, CA, August 2016
“We are starting our third year of piano lessons with Amy Hunter. She has done a great job of engaging, pacing, and challenging my middle school aged son. He enjoys practicing and playing and has found his love of music with her help. The move to the larger studio space has been great. The Hunter School of Music creates opportunities for the students beyond individual lessons and connects them into a feeling of community.”
~Mother of piano student, San Jose, CA, August 2016
“My daughter has taken flute and piano lessons from Amy Hunter for 2 years. Amy is a an enthusiastic and supportive music teacher. My daughter has had a great experience learning from Amy.”
~Father of flute student, San Jose, CA, May 2016
“Amy is an amazing teacher. Sadly we moved and are no longer able to take lessons from her, but the kids 9 and 10 improved at a nice pace. In about 4 months they each moved up a level in their theory and music books. Amy has a firm, kind way about her that allows children to be motivated and grow. I wish we still lived nearby to continue our lessons. In total, we went to Amy for about a year. She puts on beautiful recitals and is very professional.
We are still looking for another teacher 😦 to take her place…”
~Mother of two former piano students, San Jose, CA, January 2016
“Excellent small music school with unprecedented amount of personal attention. Both of my children as well as myself have been taking piano lesson with Amy (for 3 years) and guitar lesson with Todd (about 2 months). They have numerous group field trips as well as group performances (both formal and informal one). We cannot imagine being anywhere else.”
~Parent of piano and guitar student, and adult piano student, San Jose, CA, October 2015
“I found The Hunter School of Music through an article in the San Jose Mercury. It gave an address that was right down the street from me! I went to the school’s website, sent an e-mail and got a prompt reply. I am delighted with my teacher, Brian Ciach. I am grateful to have met Amy and I look forward to learning to play the piano and be immersed in a world of music! Amy is great at finding and communicating upcoming musical events relevant to beginning students and those more accomplished. Brian is a wonder at composition and regularly performs and writes original music. Lesson prices are very reasonable. I think myself lucky for finding Amy and Brian!”
~Adult piano student, San Jose, CA, September 2015
“Brian Ciach, from the Hunter School, teaches piano to my 13 year old son. My son had several years of piano lessons under a different instructor. Unfortunately piano had become a real chore, with me grinding him to practice and complete his theory each week. The fun had really been stripped out of it for him. But that has all changed now. Brian has made a HUGE difference for us. My son has very quickly gained a true love of the instrument and he plays constantly now without request. He plays some pop and some classical and he’s creating his own music as well. Brian has really tapped into that inner musician while continuing to teach great technique and theory. Piano is fun again! I wholeheartedly recommend Brian to anyone playing the piano, whether a beginner or an advanced student.”
~Mother of 13 year old student, San Jose, CA, July 2015
“My two children have played 2, 3 instruments each until the end of high school
and they still play them in college when they can. So I have had exposure to various
aspects of music education and different programs including early music program,
school bands/orchestra, audiions, competitions, certification, and a major youth orchestra.
They both started with the piano before adding other instruments.
Needless to say, I feel that the teacher is one of the most important factors in their development and appreciation of music.
Having been an adult student in Amy’s studio since last August, I would recommend her
to anyone regardless of the level or the age. She not only has the knowledge and love of the piano and music in general,
but also has the understanding of each student. I feel that her flexibility and ability to adjust
her teaching to suit each individual student’s abilities and motivation will natually encourage the students to continue.
Her genuine interest in seeing her students progress translates well into her teaching.
With the recent move to a more spacious setting for the studio, addition of a great new teacher,
and plans to expand the program to include group lessons and more opportunities for students to perform
solos and ensembles, her studio has much to offer.
I feel fortunate that I found her studio online when I moved to this area and decided to take lessons last summer.”
~Adult student, San Jose, CA, April 2015
“Amy is amazing! My son is 6 years old and very energetic. Amy is very patient with him and is good at getting him focused and keeping him engaged. She is clear with the lessons and also with the homework. You can tell that she enjoys teaching the kids and the kids enjoy working with her. I would definitely recommend her!”
~Mother of 6 year old student, San Jose, CA, August 2014
“Amy Hunter teaches piano to my 7 year old son. She makes each lesson really fun for him and is covering the material at a pace that suits him well. I like that she is professional, clear, communicates well with me and her prices are quite reasonable for everything she offers. Her lessons offer a great grounding in theory as well as teaching the physical work of playing the piano. My son really looks forward to his lessons every week.”
~Mother of 7 year old student, San Jose, CA, August 2014
“Though Amy primarily teaches grade-school students, she is extremely versatile and offers constructive guidance to all ages and abilities. I came to Amy’s piano school as an adult, self-taught amateur player, and have gotten incredibly helpful instruction and advice on everything from basic technique, fingerings, tempo and theory, all the way to expressiveness, improvisation and the “mental game” of live performance. She has also helped me to expand my limited repertoire and even find some local avenues for performing. I strongly recommend this school to students of all levels wishing to improve their piano skills.”
~Adult student, San Jose, CA, July 2013
“As Eva started a year ago to take piano lessons with Amy, Eva spoke and understood little English. In a calm and attentive way Amy managed very quickly to inspire my daughter for this instrument. Amy’s very well structured lessons helped Eva learning and moving forward surprisingly fast, despite the language barrier. Amy taught Eva in a loving and motivating way and that makes her in my opinion the perfect teacher. Eva visited her weekly class always with lots of joy and fun and she was very sad when Amy moved to California because she lost not only a teacher but a friend.”
~Cordula Gries, Mother of Eva age 6, Bethesda, MD, February 2012
“My daughter, Caitlin, started off with piano as a shy and nervous little girl who wanted to learn to play the piano because I did. She was eager to please, and very afraid of making mistakes. Amy seemed to understand this about her instantly. She clearly knew how to mix constructive teaching methods with a gentle and nurturing hand. Each week brought a new piece, a chance to be creative, and a happy child who enjoyed her lessons. Caitlin would practice her pieces and would often say that she “couldn’t wait to show Amy” what she had done. We were so grateful for this patient and loving introduction to piano for our daughter. Her enjoyment and enthusiasm was fostered by a teacher who clearly understands and loves to work with children. We could not have asked for a better teacher.”
~Mimi, Mother of Caitlin age 6, Bethesda, MD, April 2012
“When our son, Lorenzo, was 6 years old, we wanted to introduce him to music and piano. He is a child who can really focus when he enjoys something, however can downright refuse to do something if he does not like it. Investing in piano lessons for Lorenzo was a bit of a risk, without knowing how he would react, or if he would accept it. We searched a variety of piano teaching styles and teachers until we decided to go forth with lessons from Amy Hunter. From the start, she was very warm and nurturing, qualities that our son responds very well to. We were initially considering the lessons a trial, however they quickly became a regular activity for Lorenzo. We were very pleased that Amy was able to set the tone for learning piano from the start, setting a wonderful foundation of enjoying and appreciating music, that may last a lifetime. We really appreciate Amy’s ability to work so well with children, her gentle teaching style, and ability to connect to the students she works with. This has benefited Lorenzo greatly, and we are now enjoying piano as a family.”
~Patricia and Thomas, Parents of Lorenzo age 7, Bethesda, MD, February 2012
“Ms Amy Hunter was one of my most favorite teachers. I’ve been learning piano and guitar for 5+ years and taken lessons from many different teachers during this time. Ms Hunter was my most recent piano teacher until she moved to California, and I liked her very much. She has a very relaxed style of teaching and explains things very well. She is patient when you make mistakes but at the same time she makes you work hard. She taught me both classic and jazz music and made me practice fundamental skills at the same time. I was sad when she decided to leave.”
~Sam Vekstein, Student age 12, Bethesda, MD, March 2012
“Music has always been a part of my life and most of my musical knowledge has come from Amy. She was my teacher for a bulk of my time taking lessons. I remember that I came to her without knowledge of Chopin or Beethoven and she introduced me to the wonderful world of classical/romantic music. My favorite composer to this day is Chopin! We studied so many pieces that made my technique so much better. Amy is my favorite piano teacher because she is the most understanding, caring, nice person anyone could meet. It wasn’t a task having a lesson every week. I enjoyed my lessons so much because they were fun and interesting. Amy also helped me learn music theory which was a huge advantage when I took a course in theory at my high school. Everything I learned from Amy will stay with me throughout all my life whenever I play the piano. It was horrible saying goodbye to such a great teacher and friend.”