6 and up
B.A in Music from St. Olaf College
M.M. Orchestral Conducting from the University of MN Duluth
Individual Private Lessons
Words to describe my teaching style
John brings a conductor's viewpoint to teaching. He doesn't just teach how to play the instrument, but also the music theory and other skills (such as practicing hopefully) that accompanies the instrument. Two way dialogue is critical in his teaching style as discussion about how to play the music compliments discussion about what the music means.
A typical lesson with John sets a routine that is adaptable to each student and what they are trying to accomplish. Most of the time this means beginning with scales/exercises and then progressing to repertoire the student is working on. This includes ensemble music they may be working on as well as solo repertoire. In longer lessons, there is also more time for music theory training.
In his spare time, John enjoys building and painting miniatures as well as playing tennis.