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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Dave P.

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About Dave

From a long line of church pianists, Dave began studying piano at the age of 6 so he could play in the local community church. His fun, out going personality helped him to survive the ultra strict training he received as a child and also showed him what NOT to do when teaching kids. At 14, when he had teachers who really inspired him, he added drums to his repertoire of musical skills and fell in love with all things percussion.

After completing his B.A. in Music Education, a music mentor encouraged Dave to go to graduate school to earn his M.A. in Percussion Performance from San Jose State University. A Kentucky native, he packed up and moved to the Bay Area where he completed his Master's degree and continued teaching in a local music store and performing in local bands and workshops. While he was teaching, he received training in the medical field as a respiratory therapist and eventually spent 20+ years serving in that field. In 2015, he returned to his first love of music and joined The Music Place and Arts Educators Group faculties.

Teaching Style

His goal is to make music learning fun, and his laid back style with humor and gentle encouragement make him a delight to his students. With a balance of traditional and contemporary styles, he loves all genres of drumming including ethnic, jazz and rock styles. For piano he takes a more traditional approach, but still likes to teach students in a fun way how to improvise and add flourish any type of music.


  • Drums
  • Piano


  • Sunnyvale
  • Main Office
  • Koch Ln


Joey is quite happy with Dave. Joey had Dave as a substitute on a few occasions so this was an easy transition. Joey especially appreciates Dave's excitement for music. We have already noticed a change in the style of Joey's piano playing and feel that Dave has taken Joey to a new level.

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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