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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Pat C.

Pat C.

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About Pat

As a child, Pat was exposed to every sort of music under the sun, which laid the foundation for the musician he is today. He began teaching in the late 1980's and has recently returned to the South Bay to be closer to family. Having served around the world for the Youth With A Mission program, he has used his gifts of composition and leadership to reach out into communities in the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, and more.

Pat holds a B.A. in Music from San Jose State University, with an emphasis in Guitar Performance. He is competent to teach guitar at all levels and styles from baroque to bossa, Polynesian, rock, and jazz. Pat is a father of two boys, and in his spare time, he enjoys composing, building guitars, singing, and leading the music programs at his church.

Teaching Style

Pat is fun, creative, and experienced teacher whose wonderful combination of gentleness and a great sense of humor, helps students of all ages stay focused and loving music.


  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Recorder
  • Instrument Prep


  • Willowhurst Ave
  • Koch Ln
  • Baywood Ave
  • Lawrence Expwy


[My child] just loves his half hour each week with Pat. In fact, a couple weeks ago we were suggesting a special outing as a reward for his cooperative behavior in school, and his first [idea] was to go to The Music Place, and this was on a Thursday when he had just been there the day before. So there you have it—his first thought was not Children's Discovery Museum or miniature golfing, but music with Pat. He sometimes shares the exciting things he has learned, like what a violin bow and strings are made of, and other times is just content. In 3 1/2 months he has not interacted with classmates and is very withdrawn [in school], but at The Music Place he thrives so we are glad he has this one time of week where he can be himself in a safe place and be expressive—a place outside of home that is.

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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