Phil Johnson

Phil J.

San Jose, CA

Lesson Details



Phil delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
November 1993

My name is Phil J. and I am a professional music artist and
songwriter. I have a BA in music from San Jose State University and
over 18 years of both teaching and performing experience. Over 300
students have come to me for lessons over the years and I’ve been able
to help each one. Professionally, I’ve released 5 CDs and three DVDs.

These are real-world lessons to get you on the fast track to playing
music. Beginners are always welcomed. I accept ages 8 and up – that
includes adults!

I work in a cozy home studio on the border of San Jose and Milpitas
(near Landess Ave. and Piedmont Rd.).

I have very few open slots at any given time, but I’ll do my best to fit
you in. Contact me here right now to secure your slot.

Ask me how you can earn more free lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Time for music lessons! Music is a great way to help kids learn and
keep them motivated. Studies show, and I’ve certainly seen in my own
experience, that learning music helps kids with study skills, math, and
hand-eye coordination. And it’s fun! Adults are welcome and can
benefit too! Gift certificates are also available! Contact me here for
more info.

Why My Lessons Are Different:

- I teach more than just the intro to a bunch of songs and random
lessons that don’t connect
- I won’t make you drill scales and arpeggios over and over for no
- After we get through some basics, we’ll play the kind of music you
- I’ll also stretch you into areas of music you may not have thought
of before

“Phil is am amazing teacher, my daughter was 6 when she started guitar
lessons, and terrified! Phil is amazing with children, he put her at
ease, and encouraged her. Whenever she was frustrated, he would guide
her back on track; helping her work through her shortage of confidence.

My daughter is now 13, and has been taking guitar with Phil the entire
time; and is now also taking piano. I have discovered that Phil is also
incredible with teenagers. Once again he is never phased by her
frustration, also guides her back on track, and her love of music
continues to grow.

Aside from being a wonderful teacher, Phil is also extremely
professional! He was the only one of 6 teachers to respond to me within
24 hours of my first inquiry, and has stayed constant in his response
time from day one.” --Kim G.

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn:

-Correct technique and exercises to keep you from being injured
-Every real-world trick I know to easily read standard notation and
-All the chords you’ll ever need
-Improvisation techniques so you can enjoy the purest form of music
-All the cool little tricks that make you sound like a pro
-Songs you want to learn in your favorite genres
-Groove and strumming exercises to keep you out of a rhythm rut
-The real building blocks of music so you have a deeper
understanding and a better performance

Basically, I’ll give you my college music education. And I’ll show it
to you in a way that will allow you to teach yourself in the future. You
won’t be left in the dark about how or why we’re doing anything and
you’ll find each new concept immediately useful.

“Learning to play guitar with Phil has been a lot of fun. I am a
complete musical novice, plus I have a demanding full-time job, so he’s
needed to be both patient and extremely flexible. In addition to the
usual “book learning,” he asked me to find and taught me songs I wanted
to learn, which was a nice break from the “Grade 1″ selections. Quite
comfortable and knowledgable in a wide variety of musical tastes and
styles, Phil is definitely worth talking to if you’re looking for a
fantastic music teacher.”
--Alan L

*** Specialties ***
On piano and flute, I specialize in classical, but can also teach pop and jazz.
On guitar, I specialize in rock,blues, and jazz, and can also teach classical.
I've only done a bit of songwriting coaching, but have been a songwriter for 20 years and study it regularly.

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