John Butler

John B.

Arlington, VA

About John B.

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John teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: April 1986
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music including, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Suzuki guitar. Students who decide to sign up with me, will have a lesson plan, a strategy for meeting their musical goals and will enjoy themselves in the process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are custom designed to meet the needs of every student, whether it is someone just starting out with the basics or for that seasoned player that wants to hone their professional skills. As a teacher, I consider myself easy going and laid back, with an emphasis on encouraging each student to do their very best.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, instruments, keyboards recording equipment, waiting room, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, foot stool, cables.- Teacher
Own instrument, amplifier if needed, notebook.-Student

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching for about 25 years and am well versed in Jazz, Classical, Rock, Blues and Country genres. I focus on anything from note reading, theory, improvisation and composing.


Guitar Instructor

Sep 2004 - May 2009
Mary Washington University

Taught privately as an adjunct faculty member. Responsible for guitar instructions in Classical and Jazz guitar. Students were instructed in note reading, theory, improvisation and appropriate classical and jazz guitar repertoire.

Guitar Instructor

Sep 1989 - Dec 1999
College of Southern Maryland

Taught privately as well as group guitar instructions for 10 years. Responsible for building a guitar program, maintaining and instructing students in the areas of guitar performance, guitar studies in Classical and Jazz guitar, note reading, improvisation and music theory.


Bachelor of Music

Sep 1992 - May 1996
Howard University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association

Sep 1996

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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52 Reviews on John B.

Kamel Z. Dec 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I like John. Higly recommend him to any guitar lover!
Namon J. Dec 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
John, what does your schedule look like on Saturday. Would like to begin my winter schedule with the Best Teacher in Town.
Tim Oct 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Just finished my third lesson and I am impressed. I am essentially a beginner, and John took me through basic chords and scales, challenging me accordingly, but at the same time making it fun. John is a great teacher - very capable, extremely patient. I feel fortunate to be learning from John!
mike Aug 10, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Able to coach along a student with absolutely no talent - and make it fun.
Tammy Jul 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
very patient and informative. I would definately recomend this instructor.
Tammy Jul 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
he was patient; attentive, took his time to show me the chords, explain the guitar. I have never played before, and didn't know the first thing about it. He showed me how to tune the guitar, I look forward to my next lessons.
Andy Jun 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Would give 6 stars if it was an option. John is an awesome guitar teacher
John H. Jun 18, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor. I'm making progress!
David Rapp Jun 13, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John's a great teacher!
Joshua K. Jun 3, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
John was a great instructor. Friendly, encouraging, and great at demonstrating techniques.
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