The Music Place, San Jose California, Where Learning Is Fun!

THE place for wholesome MUSIC and DANCE education for children of all ages in San Jose, Sunnyvale and around the South Bay.

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Art D.

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About Art

"Dr. D." is a retired UC chemistry professor who also worked his way through the music degree program, at San Jose State University and specializes in woodwinds. His many years of performance experience include chamber groups, big band orchestras and combos, and pit orchestras for community theaters.

Raised in a musical home, Art grew up loving music and became involved in it from an early age. Since he has retired from a long career in science research and education, Art continues to enjoy music through part time teaching and performing.

Teaching Style

Art's scientific bent shows up in his attention to detail in music theory, and he teaches in a gentle, inspiring way.


  • clarinet & bass clarinet
  • saxophones (of all sizes)
  • flute
  • Instrument Survey
  • beginning piano


  • Main Office
  • Koch Ln


It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Mr. Art. He is a highly skilled musician, who also possesses the patience to teach young ages. I could see he has the experience and the right approach to teach my daughter who started at 6, now 7. Finally, I have noticed my daughter's interest and progress on playing the piano has significantly improved and also her curiosity for new instruments, thanks to Mr. Art and his teaching approach. He sometimes accompanied her with his clarinet, helping her to understand concepts like tempo and rhythm, making her feel like a very important member in a harmonic musical piece.

Art D. currently teaches piano lessons for my son. We started with him late last year, and he has been a wonderful piano teacher. Mr. Diaz is a very kind and patient teacher. I have seen how quickly my son has improved with him.

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Actual Customer Testimonials:

"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents

"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .

I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family