John Nolan Music Lessons

John Nolan Music Lessons

5.0 (24)
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I am a certified music teacher. I currently have 25 students from ages 4 to 70 years old.  I am professional, dependable and will always call, e-mail or text ahead of time to confirm scheduled lessons. I am very organized and structured in my lessons.  I have two cases of learning materials that I use in my lessons for young children to ensure a positive and happy learning experience. I enjoy teaching and watching students become successful in their musical endeavors.

Teaching music is my greatest passion. I enjoy watching my students become successful on their musical journey.  I also enjoy learning how to improve my teaching and performance skills. I gain great joy from observing my students perform on stage and growing in their musical endeavors and abilities. 

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San Antonio, TX 78250
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  • Greg C.

    We have had John teaching our son Blake for two years now. Blake began playing the classical guitar when he turned 7 years old. He has since moved on to the electric guitar and really enjoys playing Rock and Roll. What is important to me is the fact that he didn't just learn to play by ear or by tabs. He learned to read music. He could move to the keyboard and play if he wanted, but his sister began playing this year at the age of six and has now graduated to playing her favorite song "Let It Go". John is very patient with the children and very thorough with his teaching. If you are looking for someone to work with your kids to teach them music, he is a very good choice. He shows up on time and gives the kids just the right amount of work for their attention span. His enjoyment of music is very apparent and it shows every time he works with the kids.

  • Ashley W.

    Mr. Nolan is a wonderful instructor! He has a true gift for working with children. He uses a holistic approach to create interest and keep the children engaged using singing, games, puppets, and small percussion instruments to help with learning rhythms and tones. He encourages parent participation and listens to the goals and desires of parents and students. I highly recommend him .

  • Michael W.

    If music is anything, it is a rolling stone. It starts slow and continuously picks up speed. I have been working with Mr. Nolan for the past 7-8 years and I have enjoyed each and every lesson. He is one of the reasons why I loved playing guitar. At the beginning I was taught how to play simple melodies, but as the years progressed I was on stages all over San Antonio performing hits like "The Boys are Back in Town", "Don't Fear the Reaper", and much, much more. Mr. Nolan combines the traditional musical learning patterns with modern songs and techniques. He helps each student realize their potential as a musician by tailoring to their strengths and weaknesses He is truly, one of the bests.

  • Charlie L.

    John is a great piano instructor. Our son is hyper active and because of that most of the time he is not concentrate very long. John is very patient and kind. He has good teaching methodology. He knows how to guide my son stay in focus and become more interest on playing piano. We are very glad to have John as our son instructor. He is awesome.

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

I offer a very personalized and customized lesson for each student to meet their particular needs or wants. I am a professional and flexible instructor.  I work well with students and can make students musically successful in their endeavors.

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

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and 25 years of teaching experience in music and also special education. I practice playing music on the guitar and piano daily. I constantly read music literature on music education. I am always learning and improving my teaching methods.

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

I charge $25 for a 30 minute lesson. 

How did you get started teaching?

I followed my heart and have always had a great passion for music, sometimes it can be very challenging to make a living at what you enjoy the most.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all types of students from 4 to 70 years of age.  

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

The cheapest priced teacher is not always the best instructor. Review your teacher 's credentials and recommendations.  A great teacher is not always an excellent performer. Many great performers do not know the first thing about teaching. Observe your teacher in how he or she instructs and what the teacher does when the student can't understand the instructions. Does the instructor offer alternative ways of learning a particular skill?

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

How great is your desire to learn music?

How motivated are you to learn music?