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John S.
Teaches Online
Go from beginner to pro on the saxophone with help from an experienced teacher
I teach beginning saxophone students basic note reading. Advanced students can learn theory and improvisation.
About John S.

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.

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Teaches Beginner

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Teaching since 1988

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Instructor details
Saxophone
Teaches 5 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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$25
45 minutes
$35
60 minutes
$45
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First 3 lessons
$30
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Teacher's Studio

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!!!

Posted Feb 17, 2022
Student's home

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.

Posted Feb 16, 2022
Student's home

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.

Posted Feb 6, 2022
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Performer
Aug 1980 - Present
Several Memphis area bands
I have played in a wide variety of professional bands over the years performing RnB, rock, reggae, jazz, blues and other styles. Some of the artists I have worked with in the Memphis area include: C C Hill, Bobby Lawson, Steve and Patty Harper (Faultline), Memphis Blues Society Jam Band, Lisa G, Dee Stone, Troy Isom and Crazyflame, Jim Duckworth, The Memphis Snake Doctors, The Rustenhaven Band, Zazerac, Energy D, The Panther Burns and more.
Music Teacher
Jan 2016 - Mar 2020
Incarnation Catholic School
Teach after-school keyboard lessons.
Music teacher
Aug 2005 - Mar 2020
University of Memphis Campus School
Conduct after school keyboard classes.
Music teacher
Aug 2005 - Mar 2020
CTK Lutheran School, Memphis TN
Conduct after school music programs for young people learning keyboards, saxophone, flute or guitar.
Masters degree
Aug 1981 - Aug 1983
University of Memphis
Bachelors degree
Aug 1977 - Dec 1979
Texas A&M at Commerce
English
Native Proficiency
Orff certified
Jul 2005
University of Memphis
Received training in conducting Orff music classes.
Grant: Ensemble music for children
Sep 2006
Fayette county, TN
Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2016
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Instructor details
Saxophone
Teaches 5 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
West Almadale Ct #
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$25
45 minutes
$35
60 minutes
$45
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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