Meet John - Associate Piano, Voice, & Composition Teacher
Born in Detroit, Michigan, John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition with an advanced study in Conducting from Oakland University’s Honors College where he graduated cum laude. In his last year, John was a Composition Fellow under Dr. Robert Livingston Aldridge at the prestigious Brevard Summer Music Institute in Brevard, NC where he also conducted the ITCH New Music Ensemble.
After college, John was an apprentice to Marianne Ploger, herself the pupil of legendary music educator Nadia Boulanger. Under Mrs. Ploger’s instruction, John studied musicianship, aural theory, music theory, and the craft of musical communication, all with an emphasis on how the brain interprets aural information.
Like many children, John hated piano when his parents first forced him to take lessons, but his rocky relationship with the instrument eventually blossomed into a lifelong passion. In order to turn his passion into a career, John moved to Los Angeles and has since scored documentaries, commercials, web series, and short films.
With thirteen years of teaching experience, John meets every student where they are in their development, whether that’s as a first time beginner, or an advanced player looking to expand their skill set. John’s intersectional approach to teaching incorporates improvisation, aural theory, sight reading, and sight singing into his lessons in order to produce not just instrumentalists, but musicians.
When he has free time, John enjoys hiking, pinball, tae kwon do, and helping his wife spoil their cat.