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29 years in business

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In 1993, John graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music as a Guitar Major. While in school he studied privately with many music professors. Among these fine musicians were Sid Woolfolk ( performed with Louis Armstrong ), Carl Culpepper guitar transcriptionist and former writer for Guitar Player Magazine ), Shane Theriot ( performing guitarist for Hall and Oates). Stockdale also received private instruction with the University of North Texas head of guitar department, Jack Peterson ( helped design the first guitar curriculum at Berklee School of Music ).

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Regardless of age adequate for starting guitar, the lessons are focused on the student to be able to play well in less time than he/she imagines. Therefore, the guitar is only difficult by not giving the necessary attention to observing rules.

One point in playing the guitar is to be satisfied with how well the student can play. This causes admiration which can lead to a surprise. The student should care about what they play in practice and performance.

The proof of excelling on the instrument lies in the forming of correct study habits. The importance of daily devotion should be logged from the start of the routine to acknowledge personal growth on the instrument, without question. After study habits acquire a strong foundation in your practice routine is when to drop logging.

“Guitar is only difficult by not giving necessary attention in observing rules because rules are made to be broken”.

                      – John Stockdale                         BIO

John Stockdale is a third-generation guitar teacher. Since 1994, John has been a professional music instructor teaching various styles of guitar to beginner, intermediate and advanced students. He specializes in sight-reading, music theory, technique, ear training, rhythm, composition, chord melody, improvisation, history, songwriting and much more. 

He is classically trained and inspired by his grandfather, Patrick Leonard ( musician, director and founder of Leonard School of Music, 1945 ). He taught there for 10 years. Leonard School of Music was a non-profit organization located at 3005 West Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29418. Teaching now at Ye Olde Music in Hanahan.

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12 Reviews


  • Michelle Lingenfelter

    He's personable and professional. He met me where I was, is helping me to fill in the gaps, and pushing me in the direction that I want to go. He's a fantastic instructor and worth every penny. Highly recommend. 🎶🎸

  • Michelle Lingenfelter

    Excellent teacher, expert musician, and easygoing professional. I am enjoying my lessons and learning a lot.

  • Tim Reese

    John is a great teacher and he makes it enjoyable to learn. He teaches all styles of music and many different instruments. His enthusiasm and vast knowledge are conveyed in his teachings and have made me grow tremendously in the past year. I would highly recommend him for anyone wanting to learn more about music.

  • Clif Friend

    So far so good. Have only had 3 lessons.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Ask how they are first. Name notes on the guitar, review scales, chords and a quick song to get started. Look at the log and talk about growth on the instrument, review the last lesson set goals.

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

I’m an honors grad from Atlanta Institute of Music. I professionally perform for all types of events and have been doing so since 1993. 

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

Discounts for people that are or were in the service , or anything along that line, police, etc. 

How did you get started teaching?

Inspired by my grandfather teaching classical guitar and both watching my father and uncle teach. Musical family. I'm a third-generation teacher.

What types of students have you worked with?

Lots of levels. From 4 years old to 80, teachers and guitar teachers, blind, challenged and took notes on all of their progress which constructed exercises for newer students and they got stronger in their weakness. I specialize in the beginner to the intermediate though. That is where my main student abundance is.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have a couple of classical guitar quartets. One got to do music in between parts if The Lowcountry Hall of Fame awards at the Hanahan Amphitheater held by Michael Davis ( owner of Ye Olde Music, Hanahan). The group got to perform in front of a larger audience instead of the Ladson Fair or the churches downtown or the restaurants that I perform. The kids were happy! It was a great experience and they have a memory of hard work being paid off. More where that came from.

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

There are teachers who love what they do and there are performers who should just focus on performing. Talk with the instructor and get to know them very well. They should come to your car and brag on your child after a lesson once in a while instead of asking your kid to bring a check with them. Don't be afraid to ask, Why does the teacher want to teach your child?

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

Why am I studying this? How long is this going to take to be good? How much should I practice? How long have you been playing? How much is your guitar? I did exactly what you did why don't I sound like you? I'm not ready for this lesson so should I cancel today's lesson?