John has been singing and playing piano and entertaining crowds since the age of five. He has been the leader and lead singer/songwriter of groups that have been signed to a major label, toured the country, and had videos on VH1 and MTV. He has performed as part of a Broadway touring musical, and been musical director for many regional theater musicals. He is an award-winning writer, and the music minister at his church. He has a song list that is vast and varied, and his high-energy performances have been bringing smiles to music lovers for several years. And he has been a much-loved teacher at Calusa Prep, The Mandelstam School, and for private students in Miami for many years. *** Lesson Details *** I am an instructor who is patient, professional, motivating, challenging, and above all, encouraging. I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. For voice students I like to use a mix of Classical, Broadway, and Popular music, depending on your needs and desires as a singer. I like to assign a "teaching song" (a song that is good for training your voice) and a "fun song" (a song of your choice that you would like to sing just for fun!). For piano students I like to use the Thompson Series and/or Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. These are fun musical pieces, most of which are adapted from familiar classical works that have been arranged to teach you a certain technique. For guitar students, I use the Hal Leonard series, and for drum students, I use Stick Control. For all music students, I incorporate a balance of technique, music theory, and creative interpretation. For students who desire to write, I use several resources, including over a decade's worth of experience writing for established acts, theater productions and film & TV. Each lesson will likely involve warm-ups, games, reviews, new concepts, rehearsal, coaching, assignments, and rewards. During our lessons, we will set short-term and long-term goals based on what you want to accomplish as a musician, what you expect from me, and what I feel you should be working on. Each one of the you has your own unique voice, hands, and ideas of what music means to you. My job is to get to know you and your musical self, and then design exercises and songs that will specifically fulfill your needs as a musician, actor or writer. Skill and technique are extremely important when learning to act, sing or play a musical instrument, but we must never forget what drew us to the art in the first place! While we work on technique, we will also be discussing creativity, and the art of self expression, and have tons of fun in the process! *** Studio Equipment *** Kohler & Campbell upright piano. Yamaha Motif 6. Protools M-Audio Record Studio. Music stands. Ibanez acoustic guitar. Extensive music library. *** Travel Equipment *** I would expect a student to have a piano (in tune) or at least a two octave keyboard, guitar, drum set, depending upon which instrument they wanted to learn. *** Specialties *** I was classically trained in piano, studied voice in the Miami Boys Choir and through High School and college, and was in a Major Label band that toured the USA in the early 21st century. Have worked as a musician at Julliard, Miami City Ballet, and done Broadway shows and toured the Americas, so my experience is pretty diverse. I am also a songwriter with songs in film and TV, an accomplished (and published) poet.