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

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Before entering Baylor University as a music major, I won numerous awards in piano, voice and trumpet. At Baylor, I majored in voice and studied with Richard Robinson, opera star on the west coast and was Stravinsky's favorite tenor. I also studied piano with Dr. Michael Ard where I learned the world renowned "Taubman Approach" to playing the piano. I studied conducting with Michael Haithcock (currently director of bands at University of Michigan) and Dr. Hugh Sanders (past president of the American Directors Choral Association). I was also a member of the Baylor University Golden Wave Band for 4 years and studied trumpet. I studied organ with Dr. Joyce Jones.

Before coming to California to pursue my Masters in Music, I taught Junior High School choir in Texas for three years. I have over 30 years of professional music experience and have taught and directed numerous choirs and orchestras in California and Minnesota. I am available to teach piano, voice, trumpet and organ.

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Director of Music
Feb 2010 - Sep 2016
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church

Oversight of all worship activities, choir, orchestra, band, children and youth choirs, kids music camp, dramatics and productions.

Pastor of Worship and Music
Feb 2003 - Aug 2007
Calvary Church

Oversight and leader of worship on two campuses. 6 weekend services. Director of choirs, ensembles and orchestra. Oversight and teacher of kid's music school with 125 students.


MA-Church Music
Aug 1995 - May 2001
Golden Gate Seminary (currently Gateway)
BM-Church Music
Aug 1986 - May 1991
Baylor University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Techniques in Vocal Production and Choral Sound
Jul 2006
Rene Clausen Choral School

Singing techniques in a choral setting. Focus on unification of vowel sounds, voice placement, fricative consonants, and choral beauty.


Singing Church Men of California
Feb 2000
Dixon School of Music-GGBTS


American Choral Directors Association
Jan 2011

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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Kappa Kappa Psi
Apr 1987

Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

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Stella Aug 23, 2017
Piano · In home

John's wonderful!! Great communication, right on time and most importantly great with our daughter! Clearly he's classically trained and then some. From what I heard, he made it interesting and kept her attention. He didn't dawdle anywhere too long and showed her what a piece could sound like when practiced and perfected. That's incentive.

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