Clarinet, beginning to advanced
Saxophone, beginning to intermediate
Flute, beginning to intermediate.
11 years to 100+
Bachelor of Arts in music (minor in music education)
Master of Arts in education (minor studies in music)
Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet and clarinet pedagogy (minor studies woodwinds and music history)
30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes
Words to describe my teaching style
Music helps me to recognize beauty, to be more sensitive, and to appreciate the fullness of life. Music gives me something to cling to, and makes me a more loving, compassionate and gentle human being. The thoughts and feelings put into the sounds I can produce individually or as a member of an ensemble enables me to achieve this. It helps me enjoy life!
Lessons with John start with a brief warm up followed by technical exercises, then on to solo studies or work on the student's ensemble music. Lessons usually end with clarinet duets played by the student and John.
In his spare time, John plays clarinet in the Seward Concert Band and is the director of the Saint Paul Postal Band. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys hiking, camping, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. He also reads a lot: biographies, history, historical novels, mysteries.