Jon Esler

Jon E.

Reno, NV

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Jon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2000

I began teaching when a friend/teacher recommended me as a substitute teacher at Musicians Institute in L.A.. I walked into the class with no prior teaching experience but just took to it naturally from day one. Soon I was teaching there full time. I later learned that I come from a long line of teachers, it runs in the family. I think of teaching basically as this; recognizing a students needs and goals and then communicating with them clearly and simply in order to accomplish those goals. I enjoy teaching and often learn from my students in unforeseen ways. I consider my students to be friends.
Aside from teaching I have worked solely in the music industry since 1990. I have played all over the United States and many other places in the world. I enjoy listening to and playing many different styles of music. I have also written a lot of music for video games and film music.

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Jan 1980 - Present
self employed

I have played with several full time working bands based out of Los Angeles and Reno, NV. I have played all over the world in concert halls, casino showrooms, headlining cruise ships, fairs, churches, night clubs, concert opening bands. In addition to performing I also write, produce for myself and clients, and teach.

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Composer/Sound Designer
Jul 2015 - Nov 2017
Zero 8

I was writing music and developing sounds for video games. I wrote most of the music and sound design for the "Spinrush Casino" game series.

Audio Designer/Composer
Jul 2013 - Apr 2014
3G Studios

I composed music and developed sound effects for video games.

Utility Musician
Nov 2004 - Jul 2013

This is an Abba tribute band. We played all over the U.S. and the world in large venues, theaters, showrooms, concert halls, cruise ship showrooms.
I played keyboards, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani drums, and guitar. They are still very active.

Music Instructor
Sep 2000 - Jul 2003
Musician's Institute

I taught classes and private lessons in many subjects including guitar, piano, music theory, music reading, more…. I have continued teaching private lessons since leaving MI.


AA in Music Performance
Sep 1995 - Jun 1997
Musicians Institute
Music performance and production
Sep 1993 - Dec 1993
University of Nevada Reno
Music Performance
Jul 1981 - Jun 1983
University of North Texas


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Vocational Degree
Sep 1985
Musician's Institute

I studied at M.I. in the original program before they became college accredited. I specialized in Rock and Jazz Fusion.

Photos & Videos

Here I am playing with a hard rock band at an outdoor event in Reno, NV.

Playing xylophones, guitar, keyboards and orchestral percussion with Abbacadabra.


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