Jon Armstrong

Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH
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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a BA in Classical Guitar Performance from The College of Mt. St. Joseph. I have studied under Robert Mercer, Richard Goering, and Joseph Fratiani.
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Jon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1990

I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.

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Guitar Instructor
Jan 2014 - Present

I have taught private and group guitar lessons for various musical institutions and retail stores for 24 years before striking out entirely on my own.


BA in Classical Guitar Performance
Feb 1995 - Present
The College of Mt. St. Joseph
Music Performance/ Music Education
Aug 1995 - May 2000
The College of Mount Saint Joseph


State of Ohio Music Education
Feb 1996
State of Ohio Board of Education

I am certified by the State of Ohio in Education


Blue Note Guitar Competition
Mar 2001
The Blue Note

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15 Reviews

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Willabe S. Mar 2, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Wonderful time and attention given to me... A+...

Willabe Feb 18, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Jon knew right away what I needed... Jon drew out cords and progression for me to study. He also advised me how to prolong my sequences and progressions. Fun learning environment...

Willabe Feb 12, 2019
Blues Guitar · In studio

Jon immediately saw my playing ability and provided written lesson plans, and explained/described what benefits deeper music notation and music reading would do for me. Jon is very straight foward no nonsense instructor, A+...

Thomas R. Dec 21, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

John is an excellent teacher and has a great personality to teach. I enjoy learning from him.

Valerie Oct 4, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

With more than 20 years experience, and the variety of ages and genres that Jon has taught, he provides a unique and personalized approach to each of his students. Professional, educated and personable - I highly recommend Jon for anyone looking to learn any one of the many instruments that he offers in his curriculum!

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Sherrie Sep 22, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

Jon is awesome, fun, skilled, great personality. Highly recommend for all ages

Ryan Sep 21, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My son looks forward to his lessons with Jon as he makes learning to play guitar fun. I highly recommend Jon to anyone wanting get the most out of learning this instrument.

Nick Jun 27, 2018
Classical Guitar · In studio

Jon has exceeded my hopes and expectations as an instructor. His depth of knowledge in all aspects of guitar instruction continues to be an inspiration to me in my journey with the guitar.

Paula Jun 27, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Jon is a great teacher. He is very patient with my 8 year old and has been very flexible in working with us if we need to reschedule. He makes sure that she continues to build her basic skills (musical notation, playing techniques, etc.) while also making it fun by using current songs. He is amazing- would highly recommend him!

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Natalie Jan 25, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Works really well with my 11-year old son and treats him with respect. My son looks forward to the lessons.

Caroline Apr 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My daughter loved her first lesson! She is excited to go back.

Ethan Feb 28, 2016
Guitar · In home

My son feels very comfortable with Jon. Jon's enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching is very evident. My son can't wait for his next lesson and practices diligently.

Matthew L. Aug 21, 2015
Guitar · In home

I have been working with Jon for coming up on a year and i am thrilled. a great guy who has the knowledge/skill with the guitar, but also excellent ability to communicate. even when i couldn't get something (my own inability) he found other ways of presenting/teaching that make a difference - i highly recommend Jon for beginners (i was one) and experienced players alike

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Tricia R. Jan 20, 2014
Guitar ·

Amazing Teacher

Jon is a great teacher, I went in not having any experiance. Jon has taken his time with me and Ive learned so much in the month that I have been taking lessons. All and all hes the perfect guy for the job.

Hyman B. Nov 20, 2012

Amazing teacher!

Jon is a very good teacher. He takes the time to explain the concepts of the lesson for the week and then presents a good example of style and technique to help make me a better player.

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