- Hourly rate £40
- Response Time 2h
- Number of students 50+
1st lesson free!
Professional jazz pianist teaching jazz, blues, funk, pop, R&B, latin, rock and classical music
- By webcam
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About the lesson
I teach online via Zoom, using the Synthesia app which allows you to see the exact keys I'm playing on my keyboard.
My teaching method is to focus on whatever type of music the student loves most, and to build from there. I believe that many people give up their dream of playing an instrument simply because they aren't inspired enough, so my goal is to instil a love for music, whatever that means personally for each individual student.
Everyone learns differently and has their own pace and rhythm. I have some students who like to have a regular weekly or biweekly lesson, and others who just get in touch once in a while when they have digested the previous lesson and feel ready to build on it. Whatever the case, I am very flexible and we can figure out what works best for you.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not currently available for in-person lessons.
- Musical keyboard
- Jazz Piano
- All Levels
Originally honing my skills on the British jazz scene and holding residencies in restaurants and bars around the country, I then went on to tour the world for five years playing on cruise ships, hotels and festivals. I returned to London in 2019 in order to complete my master's in jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music, and during this time performed regularly at Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex and many other venues across the UK. I currently split my time between London and South America, as I am focused on Salsa and Cuban music, while also working with British pop producers.
I have also worked extensively in musical theatre, most recently as musical director for 'Jersey Boys', and on the first US national tour of 'Summer: the Donna Summer Musical'. The video shown below is from my stint playing and directing 'After Midnight', a show set to the music of the Duke Ellington Big Band.
Perfect! John has helped me immensely, the lessons are always fun and relevant to my interests and needs.
Perfect! John is great tutor, very kind and patient. He took the time to understand my goals and tailored his lessons around my music taste. I highly recommend him!
Perfect! John is a super chilled and friendly tutor who has a great ability to break down concepts and make them easy for any novice to understand. I genuinely feel like I've learnt a lot in a short space of time!
Perfect! I came to John with a bit of experience already, and he's really opened up the world of Jazz for me. Not only with practical tips but really getting into the understanding some of the principles behind the tunes which is helping me progress!
Perfect! John is a fantastic teacher. Extremely patient and a great personable style. Looking forward to the next few months of training.
Perfect! John is great because he allows me to say what I’d like to learn. From this he explains it very well and suggests good resources for it. Already I have learnt so much!
Perfect! John is outstanding. Really easy to work with and has helped me to better understand piano, and rapidly. Fun lessons, fast progress - really glad to be working with him!
Perfect! John is the best piano teacher i’ve ever had. He’s extremely knowledgeable, fun and inspiring. John is excellent at explaining things and he can play almost anything, in terms of jazz and blues piano, on demand. Whatever it is that you are looking to play or improve on, John develops fun exercises and weekly practices supported with great knowledge to help you to reach those goals.
Perfect! Great attitude and reminders for notes.
Perfect! John is excellent pianist and can translates his playing skills to teaching also. He is clearly passionate about about music and very knowledgeable but can clearly communicate his knowledge in a manner that is simple for relative beginners (like me). He is approachable creative, enthusiastic and patient. His style is relaxed yet professional. I would highly recommend John to anyone wishing to learn the piano.
Perfect! Super felixble with his teaching style, and clearly brilliant at what he does. I'm trying to develop some improvisational skills, and it really feels like he's set out a personalised curiculum to help me do that. We've covered aspects of jazz, blues, and pop with helpful explanations of why specific things work, and others don't. There's no pressure in lessons, just a gentle encouragement. The keyboard scroll at the bottom really helps with seeing what notes he's playing and I can see how that would be super useful for younger students. Could not fault if I wanted to.
Perfect! Very enthusiastic musician and teacher, my 13 year old daughter feels easy with John's teaching style and inspired to try new playing techniques. Highly recommended.
Perfect! John is an excellent tutor and musician. He tailors each class for what you want to learn which makes it very interesting always! Also it is awesome to be able to have in-depth conversations about music theory and how music plays a role in different areas of our lives. Definitely recommend!
Perfect! Musical knowledge is great. Great ear!
Perfect! Really nice guy, knows his stuff, and great at joining together the musical dots in my head.
Perfect! John is an engaging and professional tutor , we are very pleased and would recommend
Perfect! John is a very talented musician, teaching jazz piano with energy and enthusiasm. He's also a good listener and very patient which is so helpful when you're working through the theory of jazz. He offers practical tips and strategies and you come away from an online lesson with a clear plan of what to practice and how to practice it effectively. Brilliant!
Perfect! Fantastic teacher. Patient, super-talented player across multiple styles, and a genuinely nice guy. I've had several piano teachers in London before, and John has been a cut above.
Would thoroughly recommend to anyone really, no matter the level.
Perfect! Excellent tutor! Teaches in a way which is engaging and is able to cover a lot of content in a short space of time. Look forward to attending lessons regularly soon
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I started taking online lessons with John during the lockdown and they really kept me going through the difficult time. Highly recommended :)
Taking me from zero knowledge of the piano, over the past two years John has shown me how to recognise chord structures to the point where I can now listen to songs and play them by ear, and am playing in a band.
John helped me revive my passion for blues when I hadn't played in almost 20 years! Highly recommended.
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- 5h: £185
- 10h: £350
Find out more about John
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Like many people, I didn't enjoy playing the piano when I was younger, and stopped altogether for several years. It wasn't until I discovered jazz at the age of 17 that realised music could be fun, and that I could play the music I liked. That's why I teach music in the way that I wish I had been taught, regardless of the genre.
Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
I'm still not sick of the 1982 Herbie Hancock 'Quartet' album, featuring a 19-year-old Wynton Marsalis. That and anything by Jurassic 5.
Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.
I have often seen my students have a lightbulb moment when I explain to them how the songs they know and love are all related in very simple and logical ways. When I break down how to improvise, this can also be quite a revelation. With the right direction, even beginners can start improvising straight away.
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
The Theorbo, because you can't even get it through a door. Google it.
What are your keys to success?
Find what you love. It doesn't need to be any more complicated than that. If you love the music, that's all the motivation you'll ever need. This is why I am always talking to my students about what they have been listening to, and what it is they like about it.
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Bill Evans, J.S. Bach, Questlove. Imagine the banter!
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
One of the most important things I've ever heard was during a masterclass with pianist Kenny Werner. Someone asked a question about how to deal with laziness. His response was: "you're not lazy, you're just overwhelmed".
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
I often send YouTube clips to my students if I think they might like or learn from them, and make joint collaborative playlists so that we can share music back and forth. I also send personalised videos between lessons if the student needs something explaining.