Jon has been playing guitar since he was 16 years old. His major influences are the Beatles, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, Nirvana, and honestly too many more to mention. Jon has a love for music that is as diverse as he is. Jon is passionate about teaching his students through material they enjoy, whatever their genre preference. Jon was self taught initially, but quickly learned the value of a good teacher. One of the main reasons Jon got into teaching, was because of how important that level of instruction was to his growth and success.
Jon was fortunate enough to have the privilege of studying under the late Robert Newton. Newton was an enormous influence on the Columbia music scene, and personally taught many of Columbia’s most gifted guitar teachers and musicians. Jon also studied under Freeway Music owners, Don Russo and Drew Medlin, also students of Newton.