John has been playing piano for 23 years and teaching piano and voice to children in the San Diego area with positive results in all of his students. In 2007 he traveled with the global education and music program Up with People where he had the opportunity to perform music throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States and for events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. John has performed in several musical theater productions as both a singer and musician. He has sung in the role of Seymour for the musical Little Shop of Horrors, and used his piano abilities to play for productions of Grease and Bye Bye Birdie. John has successfully created and maintained a youth choir for children and teens at his church, focusing on tonal quality, accurate diction and performing as a group. With a solid understanding of children, he is able to make a connection with all students that help them to understand the complexities of music. John uses relatable examples and interactive activities that exercise their creative abilities while solidifying their musical foundation. In this way, he is able to analyze the students’ abilities and tailor the lesson based on his/her ability to comprehend and create music. His goal is to explore music with others so they may develop a unique form of expression which resonates in any country while enjoying the serenity that coincides with creating music on a piano.