John Butler

John B.

Arlington, VA

About John B.

Background check: Last verified 03/06/2015
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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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30 Reviews on John B.

Seth P. Nov 25, 2015
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
Jason S. Aug 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John's very relaxed and patient, and did a great job listening to my objectives and matching exercises to my skill level. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with him.
Gabrielle L. Aug 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Just had one class with John and I learned a lot. Very passionate about music and patient with my elementary skills!
Don B. Aug 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John has been great! He is very patient and always constructive. I leave every lesson with renewed enthusiasm.
Christopher B. Aug 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Talented musician and great listener.
Brandon G. Jun 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
John is a fantastic teacher. After my first lesson I am confident he was the right choice. He made the lesson very fun and enjoyable and we even had a short jam session which was a ton of fun. I would highly recommend him and his teaching style. Looking forward to continuing lesson.
Nicole D. May 15, 2015
Mandolin · In studio
Verified Student
Very productive! Happy with the experience and looking forward to upcoming lessons
Melvin C. Feb 18, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
If there was anyway to give John 6 stars I would! John is the best teacher and also a really great guy all around. John is very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from my lessons with him. John is a very patient instructor which helped make the lessons better. I would be remiss not to mention his cool cat Mr. Buttons who would often come down just to listen in on our lessons and even the occasional jam session we would have afterwards. Thank you for all that you do John!
Garari M. Nov 26, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great Teacher! I look forward to continuing to progress with my playing.
Kate S. Oct 20, 2014
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
John is an amazing teacher and an extremely talented musician. He is very patient and a great motivator. I highly recommend him :)