After studying piano for 8 years, John (MS, MT-BC) discovered the versatility of guitar and never stopped playing it. He expanded his musical horizons again when, after completing a combined undergraduate degree in Music, Music Technology and Jazz guitar, he was inspired by observing music therapists work with children on the autism spectrum. As he worked as a teacher assistant, he saw first-hand how students with severe challenges in self regulating and communicating would respond to the therapist (ex: approaching the therapist at the piano in calm manner, singing/vocalizing with them). He was also impressed as he observed the same students back in the classroom act in a much more calm and related manner. This led him to find out more about the field and eventually complete a Masters Degree in music therapy.

He has worked with those who have special needs since 2007.

John was excited to join the therapist/teacher team because of the variety of offerings and the opportunity to teach both neuro-typical and students with special needs. He is fun, energetic and uses his huge music repertoire and musical skill to creatively customize his approach to students and clients.

John is married and has recently returned to the Bay Area with his wife and preschool aged child after several years on the East Coast.

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Teaching/Therapy Style

John is fun, energetic and uses his huge music repertoire and musical skill to creatively customize his approach to students and clients. For those with special needs, his Nordoff-Robbins and Neurologic Music Therapy training allows him great versatility to meet the client right where they are.

Instruments

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Hand Percussion (conga, djembe etc.)

Teaching Locations

  • 510 Lawrence Expressway 94085

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