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: Today

Overview

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.

Experience

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.

Education

Bachelor of Music

Sep 1992 - May 1996
Howard University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association

Sep 1996
MTNA

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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41 Reviews on John B.

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Pete S. May 12, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Unlimited patience! And that's on top of seriously knowing the instrument -- and how to get a rank beginner like me to play it. (Sort of. :) Highly recommended!
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david-sanchez2010@hotmail. Apr 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I love how I am learning everything j want to learn thanks to John
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Courtney W. Apr 22, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He's patient & cued-in-on what the client wants. He "gets it".
Example, I want to learn certain songs & not begin lessons from the beginning. Ergo, he does this, but, isn't reluctant, to suggest a what's helpful to do this.
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Amer C. Apr 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
helpful tips for learning scales and mastering fretboard
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John Apr 11, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to next one.
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Arta S. Mar 23, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John is a cool dude with a rude 'tude. He was very positive and encouraging for my first lesson.
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Jeanne G. Mar 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My guitar lessons with John have been terrific. John is very knowledgeable, encouraging and patient. He makes the lessons enjoyable while learning. I would recommend him to other students interested in learning to play the guitar.
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Jaclyn L. Jan 14, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Brand new to music and John was very patient and encouraging with me.
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Andy Symonds Jan 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John is a great teacher. Patient and knowledgable, he'll get you playing tunes in no time.
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Andy Symonds Jan 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John is a great teacher. Patient and knowledgable, he'll get you playing tunes in no time.

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