John is an experienced jazz musician and teacher. He specialises in listening to your goals and devising a lesson plan to reach them. The approach taken recognises that everyone learns differently and is collaborative to help you make the best of your abilities.
John teaches individuals who are motivated to learn about the tradition of jazz. The approach is based on listening to the jazz masters and does not require the ability to read music to a high level.
Since starting lessons with John my playing has improved tremendously. He is incredibly knowledgeable, always offers valuable advice and honest feedback, and has a clear and well thought out approach to teaching jazz that he tailors to your abilities and interests. I can highly recommend John.
As someone used to reading classical music off the page, my exploration of jazz has been both liberating and a bit scary at times. John has been a wonderful guide on that journey. He’s a great listener and has consistently met me where I’m at, feeding my natural curiosity. To go from merely reproducing a sound to understanding what’s going on from the inside out has been enlivening. John has been very patient and kind with me and his passion for jazz shines through.