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John F In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova

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John F In Home In Studio
Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova

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Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Associate Degree: Merritt College
Awards:

2009 - East Bay Jazz Festival - Outstanding Performer Musicianship Award

2010 - East Bay Jazz Festival - Outstanding Performer Musicianship Award

Overview:
A cheap guitar given to me by my parents for Christmas started this life in a direction that has formed me and sustained me for over twenty years. My love for the music is deep and true and it is, to me, still the greatest joy on the planet. Time stands still for me every time that I pick it up and play. I have become the music monk meditating on scales and chord substitutions, finding my balance with light strings and heavy rhythms. I write songs, teach guitar and voice and entertain folks. I am available for lessons locally and online. It gives me great joy to I know that even if a student doesn't make music a career that each student will be enriched from it! I have been performing and composing decades with folk groups, blues bands, rock bands and jazz bands and love to sharing my experience and knowledge others.

EXPERIENCE

I began teaching music in 2009 as a tutor for the local junior college teaching music theory and musicianship. I expanded to voice and guitar lessons and have been teaching for the last 12 years. I teach in my home studio, in my students homes and online. I know that consistent practice is the way for students to reach their music goals and so I make sure that each student knows what to practice and how to practice. I am always trying to instill enjoyment in each lesson and I positively encourage and edify each accomplishment. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!

METHODS USED
All of my lessons are built around songs to teach technique and I add materials to teach theory and musicianship if the student wants and needs it. I always interview each student to find out their interests and desires and and build a custom curriculum eight lessons at a time to insure satisfaction and success on the students terms. I have student assessments at the end of each eight lessons block to make sure that the student knows how they have improved and where they need more work. I encourage recitals but only as the student and I both feel ready for those who want to perform.

LESSON STYLE

I believe in encouragement, fun and positive focus on the students progress at whatever speed that they progress. This makes each student look forward to each lesson with eagerness and actually accelerates their progress. I never push a student and instead encourage and edify the student and try to use their own favorite pieces of music to keep them excited about their next lesson. Acknowledging small progress is the key and I never let a student leave without celebrating their accomplishments no matter how small!

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Elizabeth Marlow

5

Very excited to have John as my first ever vocal coach. He is so knowledgeable. In only two lessons my voice has already improved! I appreciate his teaching style. He has a very structured program that is at the same relaxed and personalized to my singing needs. Looking forward to more lessons, more improvement and more growth!

Review posted on Jun 29, 2022

Aliyah V

5

John is an incredible teacher! He asks what your goals are and shapes his lessons in a way that helps you achieve them. He listens, is very attentive and is very knowledgeable. I always look forward to our lessons!

Review posted on Jun 13, 2022

Bella Farmer

5

John was an amazing teacher. He is the most musically knowledgeable person I know! John is an excellent communicator and listener and I have never felt more comfortable with a teacher. He gave me more confidence than I could ever imagine having when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. Thank you John!

Review posted on Apr 10, 2022

Sasha

5

John was the best teacher! I never wanted to sing in front of a crowd & he gave me the confidence to sing & learn melodies I never thought possible! He is beyond patient & so talented.

Review posted on Mar 27, 2022

Lauren Massie

4

John is such an amazing musician, the combination of his musical education and experience combined with his ability to connect and engage with people is a unique and rare combination. Could not recommend this gem of a human more!

Review posted on Mar 27, 2022

Deborah Welsh

5

I met John through my spiritual center. He was one of the musicians who performed there. This was probably 20 years ago. I have always loved his artistry in playing the guitar. I bought a guitar and started taking lessons with John and we'd get together every week for practice. It was a joy to learn from John and thinking back I really miss it. I would definitely recommend John. He's easy going and has a great sense of humor and you'll want to go back for more lessons. I do.

Review posted on Mar 26, 2022

Grey Kantor

5

John is an excellent singing coach. He asked me what I wanted to get out of the lessons and he actually listened! Tayloring the lessons for my specific end goal. And the plan was well thought out and fun! He has a broad depth of knowledge that is not only helpful but very interesting. He's obviously been doing this for a long time. He gave me confidence to enjoy singing for myself and in front of others. Thanks John!

Review posted on Mar 21, 2022

Jon T

5

John is an outstanding guitar teacher – My lesson with John was like drinking out of a firehose. John knows everything there is to know about all aspects of your music journey – the music theory underlying the songs you study, the melodic and compositional techniques used in the song’s melody as well as your improvisations, the guitar mechanics and fingering technique required to play in any setting, and the harmonic structures you need to play any song on the guitar. John is a clear communicator and a great listener as a teacher – he will focus closely on your goals and provide you with the methods you need to achieve them. Thank you John!

Review posted on Mar 20, 2022
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