John Rankin

John Rankin

1 employee
45 years in business

About this pro

I teach primarily classical guitar, acoustic guitar and singing together, music theory, and songwriting. Experience teaching music includes 32 years at Loyola New Orleans, 24 years at University of New Orleans, and 25 years at Tulane University, as well as private lessons. In addition I perform frequently (Tuesdays at the Columns Hotel). I teach all levels, but am looking for students that want to practice on a regular basis.


Performing makes me a better teacher, and teaching makes me a better performer!

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New Orleans, LA 70119
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start by asking them what they want to learn, and work from that. I also ask them to prepare a couple of pieces and to write out a shortlist with six month goals and two year goals for their first meeting.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BM in Music Theory and Composition, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1971

MFA in classical guitar, 1981, Tulane University

MBA in marketing and finance, 1981, Tulane University

35 years of University teaching: classical guitar, jazz guitar, folk guitar, finger style, playing and singing, theory, music business, arranging, songwriting, etc.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$60 an hour as of 1/19, prorated for longer sessions.

How did you get started teaching?

In Boston at the Guitar Workshop, then in graduate school at Tulane University.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and levels.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I'm a coach, and the student is responsible for their own progress by practicing regularly.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

They shouod know what they want to learn and what skills they already have or have an aptitude for.