John Marcus – Flute/ Piano / Woodwinds / Beginner Guitar
Music has been a passion in my life since beginning lessons at the age of 8. I hold a B.A. in Instrumental Music (Flute) from Cal State North ridge. After working as a music therapist in Canada, Mexico and France, I undertook a 25 year career as a teacher, where it was a great joy to bring music as an element in instruction in many curricular areas. I have experienced so many times how learning and playing music brings an integration of the mind, the senses, and the body. It brings peace and well-being to people of all ages,and has been shown to significantly aid in the development of integrated functions in the mind and brain of the growing child.
During my life-long journey with music I have had the opportunity to develop skill on many kinds of instruments—winds, strings, keyboards and percussion, and to give performances in a variety of venues and musical styles, such as classical, jazz, and various world music cultures, especially Indian music. I have found that even a modest level of skill on any type of instrument can lead to a lifetime of enjoyable playing opportunities. I am excited to join the Flagstaff School of Music and offer my love of music and variety of teaching strategies to the community.