Rated 5 out of 5 by Evan08 Piano Teacher
John is a very patient piano teacher. He has a way to get young students to pay attention through the entire lesson. Keep up the good work !
May 13, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Honest1234 Felt like an afterthought...
I could tell John was very into music, but not a strong ukulele instructor. He might be a wonderful guitar teacher or for other instruments, judging from the other reviews. My experience was that he did not send the lesson plans in a timely fashion, and was not fully present while we were in our lesson. Often he would spend time "trying to figure it out" on the uke rather than be teaching me something. He insisted on playing elaborate harmonies, while I strummed basic ones and would get lost in playing rather than paying attention to how well or not well I was playing. It felt more like an opportunity to jam out rather than teach at times. When a lesson is 30 minutes long structure is very helpful. I also felt like he had no idea what he had already taught me week after week, so a lot of lessons were repeated. To be completely honest, I started to feel like I would rather be somewhere else than learning an instrument, which is sad b/c I am very excited about learning. Again from the reviews he sounds like an incredible guitar teacher, so I would say that it's possible he was not as interested in uke teaching, but may be an amazing teacher for other instruments.
April 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by timtam920 Superb instructor, A+ all the way
John really knows his stuff! His interpersonal skills coupled with his musical ability are largely responsible for the progress I've made over the piano over the past month. I recommend him unreservedly.
January 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adriane Helpful and encouraging
John is an excellent teacher. He is patient and very helpful with personal challenges. I am new to the ukulele and felt comfortable with John's teaching style. He tailors his lessons to meet your needs and ultimate goals with learning an instrument!
February 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DonG Enthusiastic, talented instructor
I’ve been taking lessons with John now for close to 4 months. Prior to Take Lessons I tried to teach myself to play (no luck) and had tried one on one lessons through Groupon, which were also not helpful or successful.
Right from the start, I enjoyed my lessons with John very much. He is enthusiastic, has a very positive, encouraging vibe, and has been more than willing to work with me at my skill level (basic guitar). I especially liked that he asked me to provide him with some music that reflected the style of guitar I wanted to learn to play. Once we laid some basic groundwork, we started off learning to play a song on the list I gave him. He is very talented at transcribing music by ear was able to guide me though the song without sheet music.
Finally, my schedule has been variable over the last few months, but he has been nothing but flexible and gracious in finding time for our lesson when I can’t make our regular scheduled time. I very much appreciate that about him.
Overall, I would recommend John for lesson without hesitation. He’s a talented musician and a gifted instructor.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by harry great
he is patient easy to understand, and knows how to work with my level of skill
October 20, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by SteveO John is a great instructor. He is easy going and has a lot of patience.
May 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by LewF John figured out the best way for me to learnwhen I was having a problem getting it.The more I practice the better I get.
February 22, 2012