John Ballerino

John B.

Oxnard, CA
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.


Continuing Lecturer in Collaborative Arts
Mar 2005 - Present
University of California Santa Barbara

Pianist and Chorus Master
Jan 1998 - May 2016
Opera Santa Barbara

Piano Teacher
Jan 2000 - Jun 2003
Pasadena Conservatory

Piano Teacher, Vocal Coach
Jan 1995 - Jun 2003
Chapman University

Drake University Preparatory Department
Jan 1983 - Jan 1986
Drake University


Doctor in Musical Arts Collaborative Arts/Piano
May 1986 - Sep 1992
University of Southern California
Masters Degree in Piano Performance
Sep 1981 - May 1983
Drake University
Bachelors degree in Piano Performance
Sep 1976 - May 1980
University of the Pacific


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Koldofsky Graduate Scholarship in Accompanying
May 1992
University of Sourpthern California
Scholarship (twice)
Jul 1989
Music Academy of the West


Music Teachers' Association of California
Feb 2017

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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American Federation of Teachers
Jun 2005

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by John B.
Opera Santa Barbara


My studio

Opera Santa Barbara
Chorus Rehearsal

Opera Santa Barbara


2 Reviews

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Kenny Jan 21, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.

Burt S. Jan 13, 2017
Piano · In studio

It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.

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