I have been taking classical guitar lessons with John for 5 months now to prepare for an audition to become a Sound Engineering Arts (SEA) major at William Paterson University. Prior to lessons, I had a many years of experience with rock guitar but almost none when it came to classical guitar. John is knowledgeable, patient, and communicates effectively. I am amazed by the progress that I have made with John. Since we have started, I feel my playing has grown more expressive, clear, and confidant. In addition to basic technique and tone quality, John taught me how to better understand pieces based on their place in music history. John’s effective teaching skills are matched by his superb guitar playing. He takes music and teaching very seriously and is clearly passionate about both. Overall, John inspires me to be a better player. Thanks to John I will be starting fall of 2014 as an SEA(Sound Engineer Arts) major at William Paterson University!
-Justin, age 20
I have played guitar for almost 12 years now and I still don't know some of the ins and outs. What I still don't know, John does. When I was younger I went to the School of Rock in South Hackensack where I learned how to effectively play in a band or with a group of people. While it was fun, I felt like I wasn't advancing in skill. When I started with John , it was in rock guitar. Soon I wanted to try acoustic guitar. We transitioned over to that, and I found my skills advancing thanks to his knowledge and techniques. When I was tired of that, I took a few lessons on the songwriting which was fun and proved John's knowledge of music beyond just playing guitar. When I decided to go back to guitar, I wanted to learn music theory. John was great at teaching theory and I found my skills not only advancing in guitar, but in concert band at school, too. After theory we started classical guitar which was very fun and relaxing. Looking back, I realized how much I changed my mind about music, but I also noticed how much John knew about music. No matter what we were doing, John was knowledgeable, nice, and encouraging. He listens to your wants and needs and focuses the lesson on what you the student wants to do. To sum things up, John is a very good teacher of almost any style of guitar you would like to learn.
-Caleb, age 16
Most guitar teachers would make you do drills and practice songs that odds are, you’ve probably never heard before in your life. But not John. John first asked what kind of music I love to listen and kick off the teaching from there; being a fan of Taylor Swift, I was never able to play tabs which are a key factor when playing her songs. Thanks to John, I was able to grasp a better understanding of playing a guitar than I could ever dream of. And all of my subsequent playing could not have been done without the foundation; John's teachings.