I aim to teach not just instrument specific lessons, but to also teach what the real world applications of my lessons are. I teach that playing music is FUN and it's something that will be with an individual for their entire life! Learning to play an instrument and practicing over time teaches valuable life long lessons such as preparation, perseverance and commitment.
I have been fortunate enough to share the stage with both past and present members of some of the world’s top bands and/or performers, including Taylor Swift, Brett Eldredge, Randy Bachman, Colin James, Tom Cochrane & Red Rider and Honeymoon Suite. My background as a professional musician, spans 35+ years, from my late teens, right up through today. I have performed all over North America as either a drummer or guitar player. Music is a huge part of who I am and is something I will always have as a part of me. I really enjoy sharing that passion with others.
I teach that students don't have to be the most proficient guitar player or the most technical drummer to land a job with a working band or to simply get a lifetime of enjoyment out of playing the instrument, for themselves. I take the lessons one step further than just teaching the basic scales or rudiments of the instrument(s) by showing students how to apply those basic elements into daily playing.
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John is not only a good and patient teacher, he is also very knowledgeable about guitars and guitar history as pertains to some of the great ones. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with John. He makes guitar learning interesting, fun and is simply a great all-around teacher.
He's very easy to work with and knows his stuff.
My teaching process begins by discussing with the student (and his/her parents), what their goals on the instrument are. Once that is determined, we develop a lesson plan that will help them achieve those goals, but stay within the realm of keeping it fun and fresh.
I have played music professionally for 35+ years and have taught privately, on and off during that time.
For children between the ages of 8 and 13, I recommend the 30 or 45 minute lessons.
Rates listed below are per student and the student(s) must reside within the 25 mile radius, specified. Groups rates for 3 or more students are available. Please contact me to discuss this option further.
Per student (all ages):
$30 / 30 minutes
$45 / 45 minutes
$50 / 60 minutes
I have worked with students of all ages ... from beginner to experienced players. Each level brings it's own, different rewards for me as a teacher. Working with students ... regardless of age or skill level ... that want to reach a point of being able to play something recognizable (this is more specific to guitar than drums) and get enjoyment out of playing, is what it's all about !!!
Talk to the teacher and make sure that your goals are aligned with the teacher's lessons.
I like to think of it this way ... If you simply wanted to get into good physical shape, you probably wouldn't hire a personal trainer that looked like "Hulk Hogan". You're far better off hiring a trainer that looks the way you want to look. It's a pretty simple thought, but the logic applies to music lessons too.
How much time can they devote to the lessons, themselves ?
How much time can they devote to practising what they've been taught ?
Are you passionate about learing the instrument or are you just doing this because someone else (a parent, a partner, etc.), thinks it would be a good thing for you to learn an instrument ?