John Rode

John R.

Dallas, TX

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Chord fingerings, strumming techniques, picking techniques, note reading, theory, chart reading, etc.
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I am a 36 year-old guitarist and songwriter/producer living in North Dallas with my wife and daughter. We moved to the Dallas area from Los Angeles in early 2017.

I would love to help you reach your next goal as a musician! Do you want to learn the basics of guitar? Do you want to expand your chord vocabulary, learn some new strumming or picking techniques? Maybe you'd like some help learning your favorite songs to play and/or sing? Perhaps even write and record your own songs?

While able to teach fundamentals of guitar, music theory, ear training, and harmony, etc. I especially enjoy teaching the creative side of the instrument as I have been a songwriter and producer in contemporary styles for 20 years. If you have interest in learning guitar in relation to writing, recording, and production I am fully capable in teaching those advanced subjects as well.

Whatever your situation please contact me to find out how I can help!

I have played and studied guitar for over 25 years and have been songwriting and producing/composing for over 20 years. In my career as a musician I have received a scholarship to, attended, and graduated from Berklee College of Music with honors in '04 with a degree in Film Scoring and guitar principle. I have also released a self-titled EP as a singer-songwriter/producer, received multiple songwriting awards, and have scored various film projects including a feature film.

Guitar and songwriting/composition are my specialized areas of expertise but I also have studied piano, engineering, mixing, and production for multiple years and even a year of vocal study. Wherever you are in your musical journey my goal is to provide you with instruction that is educational, helpful, and fun!

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Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer, Producer
Jan 2005 - Present

I have been a singer-songwriter, artist, guitarist, composer and producer working on various projects since '05.

Mar 2017 - Apr 2017
Living Stones Academy

"The World Needs Living Stones" is a song I was commissioned to write, perform, record, and produce for Living Stones Academy in Grand Rapids, MI.

Composer, Music Editor, Music Supervisor
Jun 2013 - Jan 2014
Broken Water Productions

I worked as Composer, Music Editor, and Music Supervisor for the Independent feature film, "Killer Party". This was my first feature film credit as a Composer.


Bachelor of Music, Film Scoring Magna cum Laude
Sep 2000 - May 2004
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Winner Pop Song of November 2008
Nov 2008
Song of the Year Song and Lyric Writing Competition
Berklee Achievement Based Scholarship
Aug 2003
Berklee College of Music
Berklee Merit Based Scholarship
Aug 2001
Berklee College of Music

Photos & Videos

Live performance In Los Angeles.

Performing at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA.

Composer for the feature film, "Killer Party".  Mixing day at Puget Sound Studios in Los Angeles.
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2 Reviews

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Lauren Dec 27, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I took group lessons with John and found him to be a wonderful teacher in both a group and one on one setting. He was punctual, had a flexible lesson plan and was able to work with various levels easily. He's also a wonderful musician himself which makes him an even better instructor for anyone who is passionate about music and creating their own. John made learning fun and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in taking lessons for fun or to grow as a musician.

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Alex Dec 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

John is a very patient, professional and dedicated teacher. I'm not the easiest person to work with (haha), but John was focused and able to teach me a ton. I think communication is very important from an instructor, and John was always very clear. He's also a great musician and talented songwriter, so you know you are in good hands. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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