About John and the Studio

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About John and the Studio

I attended Florida State University School of Music where I majored in music theory and composition.  Since 1987 I have been providing lessons in a comfortable learning environment in Gainesville, Florida.

My philosophy is to teach students the way I would have liked to have been taught when I was young. One of my methods is to provide simplified versions of popular songs to inspire students to practice along with the basics of note reading and music theory. My focus with adult students is to encourage them to express what is their goal in taking music lessons. Together, we then develop a plan to  reach that goal. I often ask students to bring in recordings of their favorite songs that they would like to learn to play. Learning to play your favorite song always makes it more personal and fun!

John Stephens Music Studio provides several opportunities for students to perform each year. Student performances are held in November and May at the Thomas Center. Students have also occasionally participated in the Spring Arts Festival.