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

Teaching since:
June 2008

Meet John, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, well networked and generous with his knowledge.


Jan 2011 - Present
Onyx Productions

Compose/Arrange/Transcribe big band/small group scores for Ralph Peterson Jr.'s (Art Blakey, Michael Brecker, Charles Lloyd) record label.

Jan 2006 - Present

Performing professionally since 2006

Jazz Ambassador
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Tours to Paris, Panama City, NYC and Monterey (California) teaching grades K-undergrad with jazz legends such as Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, John Pattituci, Adam Cruz, Ben Street and David Liebman.

Core Music Tutor
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Berklee College of Music

Experience as one of Berklee's advanced ear training/harmony tutors for two years. I also taught a bit of Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint.

Jazz Ambassador
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Tours to Anchorage (Alaska), Kansas City, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Seattle teaching jazz to students grades K-undergrad with jazz legends such as Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart and Lisa Henry


Dual Major Bachelors Degree in Electronic Production & Design / Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2014
Berklee College of Music
High School Diploma / Major in Jazz Performance / Minor in Film Production
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Los Angeles County High School For The Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Professional Musician
Jun 2010
LA County High School for the Arts

After going through the rigorous instruction of the 3rd best Music High School in the Country, declared by downbeat magazine, I was granted the certification joining the professional musician network.


Thurman Greene Scholarship
Oct 2010
Los Angeles Jazz Society
Presidential Scholarship
May 2010
Berklee College of Music
Pre-College Solo Awards
Sep 2005
Berklee College of Music, Monterey Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, NFAA


International Trombone Association
Sep 2011

The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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Photos & Videos

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Electric Bass
Trombone / Horn Arrangement
Trombone / Audio Editing
Teaching Children

Writing Music


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8 Reviews

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Sayf Z. Oct 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

An instructor who is knowledgeable and connects well with his student. Exactly what one needs

Josh L. Aug 25, 2015
Bugle · Online

John is careful about getting the basic skills mastered and his step by step instructions help greatly for beginners.

Rachel M. Jul 21, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In home

John is really generous with his vast knowledge in music and is very kind.

G B. Jul 5, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

John was an excellent teacher. Right from the beginning he was prompt, accommodating, and professional. The lesson was great. His easy going, friendly manner makes you very comfortable. John was very knowledgable and talented.
I had a few questions that couldn't be answered in the lesson. John went the extra step over and above to have researched those questions and got in touch AFTER the lesson to answer them and provide additional videos to check out. Great experience!

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Rafi F. Jun 16, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In home

John is awesome, patient and pays attention to detail. A skilled and knowledgeable dude. I highly recommend him.

Ryan G. Nov 24, 2014
Trombone · In studio

John is one of the most gifted musicians I know. His ability to see music as an extension of his soul sets him apart from the herd. John helped with my breathing so I can last longer. I would recommend anyone to meet with john and take a lesson on anything musical. Love this guy!!!

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Madeline L. Nov 18, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio

John is extremely versatile and talented, and his love for music is so obvious and inspiring. I went to him with what I thought was a solid foundation of knowledge but he brought so many new ideas to the table that I started thinking of music in a whole new-and positive- way. He is very personable and easy to work with, and he treats you with respect and focused attention to detail. Definitely try working with him, you won't regret it!

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John E. Nov 18, 2014
Life Coaching · In studio

I just taught myself how to use takelessons.com!

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