John Ellis

John E.

Calabasas, 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:
June 1978

"I simply teach my Students how to play Music with their chosen instrument/media as opposed to JUST playing an Instrument." John Linnon E., M.B.A., B.B.A.

John is a very well rounded and patient Music Instructor. He has the ability to objectively and intuitively develop methods and approaches that address each students unique Learning Style and needs. Because of this, students learn and retain at progressively accelerated rates by building upon fundamental sets of acquired skills which in turn become strong foundations for all future lessons.

Because of his activities in Middle School, John received a full scholarship to the Honsinger Conservatory of Music where he pursued Virtuoso Studies on Saxophone, studied Music Theory and toured Europe, Canada and the United States as the youngest member of the Honsinger Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In this highly disiplined and demanding environment, John learned the essencial work ethics of Musicianship and Performance through hard work, focus and dedication. One of Doctor Honsingers mandates was that each of us had to practice our music for at least 4 hours per day. In addition, as part of various local bands and orchestras, John performed with many well known groups and musicians including: The Rockettes, James Brown and Al Green.

In High School, Johns work as Drum Major for the Marching Band and Student-Teacher for Band Class earned him the respect of many of his peers. Therefore, he was sought out by many young local musicians for guidance and instruction, in and outside of the classroom, because of his ability to simplify and explain music concepts that were too difficult for them to understand and master. Throughout High School he continues to perform as Saxophonist, Band Leader and Arranger for various local and national Recording Artists such as: James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Chaka Kahn and Lionel Ritchie.

As a Music Major in college, John studied Music Theory, Sight-Singing, Music Appreciation, Classical and Jazz Performance, Piano, Composition and Arranging, thereby further refining his professional skills as a performer and instructor. He also tutored Piano 101 and Jazz Improvisation for the Dean of Music. In addition, John studied Fencing for his P.E. requirement as well as core academic courses.

After College, John moved to Los Angeles, California in order to pursue more opportunities in the Music Industry. For over a decade his many accomplishments include touring as a Saxophonist/Flautist/Arranger with Cuba Gooding Sr. and working with several well known Recording Artists including, Ray Parker Jr., Doc Severinsen, and Kevin (Keb'Mo) Moore.

In 1991, he received his Masters Degree in Business Administration and has been working as a Business Consultant in the Music Industry since that time to the present. Very similar to teaching, his consulting work requires him to educate his clients in regards to: Copyright Administration, Intellectual Property Protections, Name Branding, Publicity, Corporate Administration, Business Start-Ups, etc.

Additionally, John has over three years of recent experience as a Tutor in the No Child Left Behind program. Combining this with prior teaching experience has enabled him to develop highly a comprehensive array of tools and strategies. The result, is the ability to create and implement Learning Plans and Curriculums that are relavent to the specific needs and Learning Styles of each individual Student.

Furthemore, his experience at the Macy Gray Music Academy as a Woodwind Instructor gave him even more opportunities to apply his skills and experience to the classroom and private instruction formats. At the Academy John was responsible for developing and implementing Study Curriculums for: Music Theory, Performance, Musicianship, Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, the Recorder and other Woodwinds.

In summary, John is passionate about using his varied and eclectic background in ways that empower his sudents and clients alike to accomplish all of their goals in the fastest and most enjoyable way possible.

John has been married for 20 years and has four children. He also enjoys Tennis, Chess, Martial Arts and Science Fiction.

Let him help you find your music!

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginners: Instrument Care, Maintenance and Tuning; Basic Music Reading and Notation; Major, Minor and Dominant Chords; Major and Minor Scales; Technical Exercises; Short Traditional Songs.

Intermediate: Basic Music Theory; Basic Sight Singing; Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th Chords; Pentatonic, Chromatic and Diminished Scales; Velocity Drills and Exercises; Playing By Ear; Basic Ear Training; Classical and Popular Song Performance/Recitals.

Advanced: Applied Music Theory; Advanced Sight-Singing; Sight-Reading; 9th, 11th and 13th Chords; Whole Tone, Blues, Be-Bop, and Artificial Scales; 3rd, 4th and 5th intervals; Advanced Ear Training; Playing What You Hear; Classical, Modern, Popular or Jazz Recital; Professional Musicianship/Performance; Emergency/Temporary Instrument Repair.

Subjects Taught:

Musicianship, Performance, Musicology, Music Theory, Arranging, Composing, Orchestration, Conducting, Sight-Reading, Sight-Singing, Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Songwriting, Music Business.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Recorder, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, R&B, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Ear Training

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JacquieP Jun 9, 2009

I like that you push me to do more and be better. Thank you John.

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