John began studying the piano in 1976. The piano was a gift from his great-uncle Reg, who could no longer play due to arthritis. Learning from several local teachers, he regularly practised and passed the grade examinations. In 1985 he won the Cyril Collins Bursary and in 1986 he won the Ernest Wilkinson Prize for services to music at Atherstone School.
After O levels and A levels, he studied theology and philosophy at the Birmingham Bible Institute for three years. Music was still important and so was studied to diploma level in his spare time. Several teachers in the Midlands helped him to achieve his goals. He has passed the following examinations:
LRSM (Teaching), CT ABRSM, AMusTCL, Advanced Certificate (Piano Performance)
Current work and philosophy
John has been teaching music since 1991. As well as working in private practice, he also works in an independent preparatory school, a primary school in Leicestershire and two days a week for the Warwickshire County Music Service. He teaches both groups and individuals in primary and secondary schools.
He has played the organ/piano for many funerals and weddings, played at numerous 'Christian' events across the Midlands, played for two years at Spring Harvest and played at a biannual National Prayer Conference for over ten years.
He acts as an accompanist for music examinations.
As part of his own continuing professional development, John took Grade Three Jazz Piano in November 2007 (getting 138/150) and Grade Five Jazz Piano (getting 139/150) in March 2008. As Jazz Piano at Grades 6, 7 and 8 are introduced by the ABRSM, John anticipates taking these Exams too.
The following three videos were recorded on a Yamaha U1 not long after the Grade 5 Jazz Piano Exam was taken. The pieces would be played differently now, due to the further study undertaken.
John is a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
John regularly enters pupils for Associated Board practical and theory examinations with excellent results. Other Boards are used where necessary. Over 445 examinations have been passed with John's help.
John has the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of ability levels and age groups.
Written records are kept for all lessons given. This aids lesson planning and is a useful means of checking and maintaining pupil progress.
An holistic approach is promoted, utilising material covered in school music lesson curricula, improvisation, composition and rhythmic work. Independent learning is very much encouraged.
He has been annually subscribing to a DBS (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure Check since October 2013. No convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings are recorded.
John is married and has a son who is in Year Eleven. He enjoys researching his Genealogy, as well as Current Affairs, Christianity, taking photographs, travelling, keeping his three websites and YouTube channels interesting and up to date, looking at maps - contemporary and historic, reading about the 1st World War and novels by CJ Sansom and Lee Child. He might be described as an ISTJ.