John Garland

John G.

Sterling Heights, MI

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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
January 2002

Hello, My name is John.

I can benefit you as a student with my experience and great attitude. My general teaching philosophy is to get the students to set goals for themselves and together, work towards those goals. I emphasize the importance of music theory, technique and aural skills. If you would like to know more about my personal experience, keep reading my biography below!

I have a Music degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in jazz studies, where I focused on performance and writing; including composition, arranging and orchestration. I have several years experience in performance, studio work and teaching. I participate in the American Guild of Music, and Studio Recitals. I have been teaching guitar and bass since 2002.

I am currently a staff bassist at a catholic church in Rochester Hills, MI. I toured with Ugly Radio Rebellion and Ike Willis (of Frank Zappa) for several years. I play in several pop, rock and jazz combos. Most of them playing in fine area restaurants and venues. I have played large festivals, such as Rothbury festival in Michigan, and have open shows for several prominent rock artists. At Wayne State University, I earned a position in the Lab 1 big band playing upright bass, which is the highest ensemble position, and got to play with several great jazz faculty and guest artists through WSU programs. I have played in several musicals and theatric shows, and am a freelance bassist, with good sight reading ability.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson curriculum is basically tailored to each student individually. I like to focus on the goals and needs of each student. I think structure is a very important part of playing any instrument, and like to use method books for theory and technique. I also like to keep students motivated by learning and playing songs that the student wants to know. I believe any student can do well in a program like this, in a relatively short time, especially with good practice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifier and cables. All Lesson Curriculum. Stereo and computer for lesson aides. Upright Bass that can be used for lessons at Royal Oak location.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.

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Music ministry
Jul 2010 - Present
St. Mary of the Hills

I assist the contemporary music ensemble for the church, and play bass guitar for the ensemble. I work with the guitarists and arrange for rhythm section, brass, strings and woodwinds.


Bachelor of Music
Sep 2005 - Dec 2008
Wayne State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


several performances awards
Apr 2014
American Guild of Music

Photos & Videos

photo by Benjamin Weatherstone

Photo by John G.

Performing with artist Tom Butwin
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10 Reviews

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QinB Sep 4, 2011

John G. is a five star instructor in every aspect.

DanK1 Aug 25, 2011

Incredible Teacher

John is not only a talented musician but a terrific teacher as well. So far, he has taught me the way I want/need to be taught.

NileshS Dec 28, 2010

John is just perfect for us. Our son needed a teacher who can talk to his age and be patient and adjust speed of teaching for a 8 yr old. Our son looks forward to the weekly class.

Sonias Oct 24, 2010

John is very patient & explains with easy analogies.. He is great at what he teaches..

TammyS Sep 28, 2010

John G

After only a couple of lessons my son has gotten alot farther than i thought he would. John is very patient with my 8 yr old. He is picking it up very quickly and the lessons are moving along quickly. John is an excellent teacher for my child, and I give my highest recommendations.

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MikeR Aug 4, 2010

Great, Knowledgeable Instructor for Guitar!

I just started lessons a few weeks ago and John has been great in helping me jump-start my passion for learning how to play the guitar. He's easy going and provides a fun learning experience that keeps you involved. As an adult, it's never too late to learn an instrument. I would highly recommend John, no matter what your age is, for guitar lessons.

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KyongchaeS May 15, 2010

Very Satisfied

My son and I have really enjoyed our guitar lessons with John. He is very knowledgable about music and the guitar. John is very patient. His relaxed manner and guidance has allowed us to progress at a comfortable pace and has made learning to play fun. He provides encouragement in every lesson.

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IleanaV May 11, 2010

Guitar Lessons

My 10-year-old daughter has been taking lessons with John for a few weeks now and has been progressing very well. He understands that repetition is important in order to master the guitar. He is always offering different options to make learning easy and interesting.

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KolleenS Apr 14, 2010

Guitar Lessons

We are extremely pleased with the progress our 8 year old son is making with his guitar. John has really helped him to focus while at the same time boosting his confidence as he learns something totally new. I am so happy that John is helping Patrick find a love for music.

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CarmenB2 Jan 25, 2010


John is a great instructor. He handles my busy 9-yr-old boy very well during lessons. My son is much more motivated to learn his guitar.

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