John McKone
Trombone, Composition & Musicianship Instructor

John McKone

Instruments: Trombone, Composition, Musicianship

Styles: Classical, Jazz, R&B, Funk

I received my bachelors degree in Music Theory and Composition, and did extensive graduate work at the University of Minnesota School of Music. A classically trained trombonist, I have played in every genre on the instrument, including orchestra, wind ensemble, experimental mu- sic ensembles, jazz big band and small group and as horn section leader/arranger in R&B and funk bands. I am a past faculty member of the Connecticut Conservatory of Dance and Music running the instrumental music program. In that role, I was in charge of all instrumental lessons, bands and orchestra. I currently play in the Plymouth Concert band and run several small ensembles. In addition to my classical training, I am a self-taught guitarist with two released CDs of original solo guitar music.

I am comfortable teaching in almost any genre. Classical, Jazz, Pop etc. Theory, composition, arranging, improvisation and theory of intonation are areas I focus on. I am currently quite interested in aleatoric composition of ambient soundscapes, but am also working on some quite traditional compositions for wind ensemble and brass quintet that should premiere next year.

I am a piano technician who has been working in the area for over 20 years, specializing in the care of fine instruments in studios and venues.

A trombone player can find expression in almost any genre of music, from classical to jazz, rock, funk, dixieland and blues. The uniqueness of the slide can be challenging for a new student. Putting in the hard work of developing solid technique is well worth it for the singing tone and voice-like phrasing possible with this beautiful instrument.

I am eager to share my wide range of musical knowledge and experience with my students. In addition to teaching the fundamentals and techniques needed to play trombone well, I hope to offer a broad understanding music and musicianship, building skills from the ground up that will hopefully allow the student to excel not only in the instrument, but gain an understanding of thoughtful practice as a tool to help them reach their full potential as well rounded musicians.


30 minutes: $30

45 minutes $45

60 minutes $60

Payment is expected at the beginning of each lesson. Cash or check preferred. 24 hour notice is required for cancellation or rescheduling of a lesson by the student. I will extend the same courtesy if I need to reschedule. Less notice may require I bill for a missed lesson. Student is responsible for all materials and is expected to come to the lesson prepared and with a well maintained instrument.

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