Music Instruction

I have taught music since I was a teenager. Over the years, I've learned how important it is to listen to you, the student. Everyone has a different history and relationship with music, with so many varieties of experience. So teaching is like improvising - never the same way twice!

I start out by asking you about yourself, and tuning in to your individual dreams and intentions as a musician. What direction do you want to go in? What have you already learned?

If you are a seasoned player, we'll take your playing and improvising up to the next level, filling in any gaps in your knowledge and working on strategies for jamming and improvising.

If you wonder where middle C is, we'll lay down a smooth, solid foundation of the basics for you to become a great musician.

We do performance coaching, and with my Masters Degree in Composition, I often assist people with their song and lyric writing and other compositional work.

For slightly more advanced students, I like to talk about jazz harmony, and different ways to play the chords that you would encounter in a fake book, or on the bandstand in the real world. Click below to download some learning materials and get an idea of what I mean.

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This highly successful 4-session program for vocalists is a perfect chance to make a demo in a professional recording studio. And at the end of this 4-week session you will walk away with a 2-song completed demo. You get to record your songs with piano (or other keyboard), bass and drums. It's possible to use other instruments, such as guitar, if you want. Included in this seminar is a professional vocal coach who can help guide you through the process of choosing the right key and arrangement for your songs, vocal technique and performance coaching.

If you have never worked in a studio, this might be the perfect next step for you.  Learn about the recording and mixing process, microphone technique, compression, equalization, and much more! Experience how a professional recording is created from start to finish.

Limited to 3 to 4 participants. The cost for these four sessions, includes a professional bass player and drummer. Click below for more information!

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John Simon