Students improve their skills starting with a wonderful method book called The Standard of Excellence and their own school band music. These skills create a solid musical ground floor from which students can advance, and include: the development of beautiful tone quality, beat, rhythm, duration of note, range, breath control, dynamics, phrasing, artistic style, performance skills, music theory and jazz improvisation.
The lessons are fun and I compliment my students frequently. When needed, I make positive and constructive corrections. The student is given a vision for the future, of the great fun and benefits that music education and performance can add to one’s life. I encourage practice and continued participation in their school Concert and Jazz Bands, Honor Bands, Talent Shows, Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and Civic Bands.
John has taught all Woodwinds and Brass Instruments equally as well in School Bands in public and private schools for 20 years, grades 3-12, and privately for 17 years. (see student Brass and Woodwind student awards below). He has a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education as well as a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. His University Supervisor said in his teacher recommendation; John is one of the finest teachers I have ever observed. He received the school Band Award in both elementary and high school, and a Scholarship to the University of Pacific Music Camp. After High School, he became a tennis and swimming instructor for six years during summers while going to college. Upon graduating, he taught in public schools and spent several summers as Senior Faculty Member of the Cazadero Music Camp as well as Dean of Boys and Recreation Supervisor, supervising Recreation Leaders, 24 Counselors and 1000 Students.