John Staley

John S.

Danville, VA
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
January 1986

Have taught and performed live for over 30 years; am an experienced teacher and seasoned performer. Graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Social Theory.


Head Sensei
Aug 2012 - Present
Yxyryu Aikiryu

Various other locations (formerly Yanceyville Aikido): Body Dynamics Gym, Main Street Yanceyville NC; Danville Yoga and Meditation Center (2000 Westover, Danville VA -Current)

Curator Piedmont Aikido.

Guitar Instructor
Apr 2000 - Present
Caswell Guitar Studios

Guitar Instructor, Recording Engineer, Producer, Composer, Lead Guitarist for the Original Musicosophy band.

Jun 2001 - Jul 2012
Omoryu Aikido

Various locations: Caswell NC, Danville VA (Yoga Center, YWCA on Main Street), etc.

Guitar Instructor
May 1996 - Apr 1999
The Music Workshop

Sharon Amity, Charlotte NC: Heavily Recruited for this prestigious and honorable position offered only to Performing Professionals. Also Performed Extensively during this time.

Music Instructor and Recording Engineer; Bandleader
Oct 1997 - Feb 1999
Lakewood Studios

Indian Trail, NC

Jan 1997 - Jan 1999

Mostly as an assistant. Trained heavily with Sensei Mumpower both in the Mountains and in Charlotte. Trained for a while at Dean's.

Jan 1995 - Dec 1996
Carolina Gymnastics

Sensei Withers and Shore Sensei; Orlando Sensei, proprietor.

Guitar Instructor
Feb 1995 - Apr 1996
Piedmont Music Shoppe

Also taught Privately in-home; Guitar and Improvisational Jazz Piano

Music Teacher
Jan 1990 - Jan 1995
Academy of Performing Arts

Greenwich Drive, Charlotte NC: taught Guitar lessons (Individual and Group), also performed extensively.


Bachelor of Science (Social Theory)
Aug 1977 - May 1981
Appalachian State University (Boone NC)

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