Our stringed instrument teacher, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, ukulele (and trombone for good measure), Johnny has been involved in music since he was a small child. He began playing the piano at age 9, and expanded his musical interests to trombone at age 10, guitar at age 14, and then onto a variety of stringed instruments ever since. He works patiently with students of all ages, allowing them to find methods and techniques that work for their unique learning styles, and he challenges them to see music in ways that they will never forget.
He earned an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in philosophy & religion, and a master’s degree in education from North Carolina State University. His love of acoustic finger-style music dominates his instructional pedagogy, but he also welcomes all musical styles, from classical to blues to rock to bluegrass and folk.
“My favorite thing to teach kids is how to play a song on the very first lesson. This builds their confidence and lets them know that with understanding and commitment, they can succeed in making their guitar sound great!”