John works with his students to help them not only unlock their creativity but give them the courage and confidence to express themselves with music.

For many, it is an therapeutic journey into greater self awareness. For others, the songs generate tears and laughter for family and friends. And for a number of John’s former students, songwriting has become part of a more public journeys as their compositions reach audiences worldwide but sharing their work live is also a important part of John’s mission in empowering his students to unlock the musical artist within.

He started guitar in 1959 and has been playing and teaching ever since. Students usually just tell them what you want to learn. From beginner to advanced I usually have something that I can add to your playing.

For more than 40 years, my mission has been to introduce everyday people to the art and science, heart and soul of playing the guitar. I encourage my students by giving them ‘permission’ to write their own songs; make their own music. Truth is, I MAKE my students write songs – it’s part of their homework. For many, it turns out to be therapy. For others, the songs generate tears and laughter for family and friends. And for a number of former students, it’s become part of a more public journey toward writing songs that have enjoyed audiences on a national scale.

Some approach their assignments with uncertainty and fear. Others take to the process like it’s second nature. The way I see it, EVERYONE can make their own music. There’s no greater joy as you learn guitar than to create your own songs and be able to sing and play them for yourself, for your friends and family, and even for the world if that’s what you want to do.

In addition to guitar and songwriting, I also offer extensive training in music theory and performance.

Several of my students have gone on to make names for themselves in the music industry. Check out the Students page to see what some of my former pupils have accomplished, and check out this news report about me and my students from KLTV 7 Tyler.

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