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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Shane C.

Shane C.

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About Shane

From the time Shane began private piano lessons in the second grade, to the time he received his B.A. in Improvisational Music Studies from San Jose State University, he has consistently taken music seriously. This includes applying his strong understanding of music theory and jazz to his guitar playing and teaching as well. This includes note and melody reading, using a pick, chords, tablature, fingerpicking and more. He was first inspired to learn to play the piano when he heard his grandmother play Viennese waltzes. He has been teaching jazz and classical piano, and guitar in various genres, since 2003, and joined The Music Place teaching faculty in 2005.

He has been the pianist for musicals, choirs, church services, and weddings, and continues to perform at restaurants, with jazz trios, and with Latin jazz/salsa and big band ensembles. Some of his notable achievements include performing at the world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival and performing with Latin Jazz sensation and recording artist, Pete Escovedo.

Shane is originally from Campbell, CA and enjoys spending time with his parents, brother, and cat. He also enjoys composing, arranging, and experimenting with digital audio software.

Teaching Style

As a teacher Shane is patient and encouraging, and believes that learning should be fun in order to be productive.


  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Voice


  • Koch Ln
  • Willowhurst Ave
  • Student's home


Emily has truly enjoyed taking piano lessons with Shane, and she has learned so much from him. Shane is a wonderful teacher, and Emily is very sad to end her lessons 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