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John K.

Songwriting, Guitar Instructor

Encino, CA (91316)

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I have been a staff songwriter at many of the major publishing companies, including, Sony, Warner/Chappell, MCA, and Geffen. I have written 2 hit songs, most notably, by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight. I have over 70 songs recorded by artists ranging from Al Green, Etta James and Aaron Neville to Rickie Lee Jones and Wynonna. I run my own recording studio and produce for songwriters and artists.

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Composition (Music)

I have been composing music for over 30 years. As a staff songwriter at many of the major publishing companies (Warner/Chappell, Sony, BMG, MCA, Almo-Irving), I not only have written songs, but instrumental music for TV. I compose on guitar and piano.

I studied composition, privately with Byron Olson, and at CSUN.

General Music

In addition to being a songwriter, composer, and musician (acoustic and electric guitar, piano, mandolin, bass), I engineer and produce recordings in my recording studio.

I arrange songs and compositions as a songwriter, composer and producer.


I have been playing guitar since the age of 7. I studied folk guitar at 10 and studied classical guitar at the age of 12.
As a published songwriter since 1980, I have produced and played guitar on countless recordings.
I have extensive experience teaching guitar, privately, for over 30 years.

I own and operate my own recording studio, which allows me to record my students.

Music History

I have studied music history my whole life. My mother was a classical pianist, so I learned music history from day 1. I have extensive knowledge of most genres of music, from classical to jazz, blues, R&B, rock, pop, folk, latin and world music.

I studied music history at CSUN.


Since 1980, I have been a staff songwriter at many of the major publishing companies, including, Warner/Chappell, Sony, Geffen, MCA, BMG, and Almo-Irving.
I have had 2 hit songs, including, "Love Is", a #1 song, recorded by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight. I have over 70 songs covered by artists including, Al Green, Aaron Neville, Rickie Lee Jones, Wynonna and Etta James.
I studied classical piano and guitar from the age of 7, and continued my musical education at California State University Northridge.
Currently I teach a class on songwriting at The Songwriting School Of Los Angeles.

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John will travel within 25 miles of Encino, CA 91316.

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