I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory. One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, or the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory. *** Lesson Details *** I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students. My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band. For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice. My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like. I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class. *** Studio Equipment *** Professional digital piano, many other keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone and flute. I also have a comfortable seating area for parents, guests or observers. *** Travel Equipment *** I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone and flute, as well as countless books and literature. *** Specialties *** I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory. I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
Teaching since 1988
Teaches ages 10+
Has background check
John has been teaching my son Jack piano for a few years now and we absolutely love him! He’s very encouraging and enthusiastic. He is patient and kind with his words. He’s gone WAAAYYY above and beyond to help accommodate our hectic two home schedule. My son has taken off with his piano skills since joining Johns lessons. Do yourself a favor and sign up for the best and most affordable music instruction in town. Thank you John!!!
John is an accomplished musician and teacher. He is very patient with his students and displays is professionalism whether on a zoom lesson or in person. My granddaughter really likes him and says he makes learning fun.
My son has been taking flute lessons with John for better than six months now, and the lessons have been excellent. John is clearly an excellent, thoughtful, and experienced teacher. We have had to swap from in-person to on-line lessons at the last minute, and have never missed a beat.