John Chapman is a unique and versatile music educator with a diversity of musical skill sets and knowledge to draw upon. John is an acoustic and electric guitar and bass guitar player, music educator, performer, composer, singer- songwriter, recording engineer and producer with over 20 years of professional experience. John is the owner of “John Chapman Productions”.

John has received music instruction in these areas from top-notch musicians and music industry specialists.


John Abercrombie, Jay Azzolina, Steve Bloom, Jim Campilongo, Russ DeFilipis, Mimi Fox, Randy Johnston, Shan Kenner, Dave Lavender, Adam Levy, Jason McGuire, Al Orlo, Kim Papa, Frankie Paul, Adam Rafferty, Don Ross and Randy Vincent.


Wayne Cohn, Cliff Eberhardt, Dave Lavender, James Mc Elwaine, Ellis Paul, Steve Seskin and Sloan Wainwright.


Ann Bryant.


Marianna Salzman and Peg Stern.

Production and Engineering

James Mc Elwaine, Rick Slater, Tom Swift and Daniel Frieberg.


Cari Cole and Sloan Wainwright.

John performs with musicians who have performed regularly with:

Blood Sweat and Tears, Branford Marsalis, Buddy Guy, David Bowie, Dave Mann, Harry Belefonte, Joey Calderazzo, Natalie Cole, John Lucien, John Scofield, Leslie West, Mike Stern, George Porter, Sheryl Crow, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Tina Turner, Tower of Power and more.


1993 – present
John Chapman is the owner of John Chapman Productions. Providing the highest quality of music instruction regarding: acoustic, electric guitar and electric bass guitar, composition, recording digital and analog audio and studio production in a private or classroom setting, in your home, your studio or John Chapman’s recording studio.

John Chapman Productions
100 Elm Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

July 2006
John created and ran the Orca Songwriting and Performance Workshop 2006, an intensive musical experience where kids aged 12-18 had a blast playing pop, rock, blues, punk, reggae, funk, Latin and jazz. Students learned basic to advanced musical skills in carefully crafted music classes geared to build performance, instrument, songwriting, recording, technical music skills, music business and more.

Orca Music Songwriting and Performance Workshop July 2006
Solomon Schechter School, 55 West Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale NY 10530

May 2005
John held the Orca Music Guitar Recital 2005 to offer his students the opportunity to grow as young performers. Duties included rehearsing repertoire with 12-15 students prior to each student performing 1-3 songs with accompaniment by John during the recital, securing the location, marketing the event by meeting with music teachers at local schools, creating flyers and promotional materials distributed throughout the Bronxville and the Westchester County area, providing catering, guitars, music stands other musical equipment, coordinating with library audio staff, hiring and coordinating with a professional video team who created a DVD that was distributed to students, parents and friends.

Orca Music Guitar Recital May 2005
201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville NY 10708

2003 – 2004
Musika Music Teachers Inc. Manhattan, NY.
Guitar, bass guitar, music theory and composition instruction.

2001 – 2002
Roadie Stuff Inc. Yorktown, NY
Outside sales, servicing recording artists with custom instrument and equipment cases for major tours.

July – August 2001
Day Jams Summer Music Camp, National Guitar Workshop
Instructed groups of children ages 8-16 in a classroom environment in songwriting, guitar and music theory. Assisted student ensembles who wrote two songs per week that were recorded live and performed at the end of each week during the three week music camp.

1999 – 2001
Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Bedford Hills, NY
Guitar and composition instruction, private and classroom.

1997 – 1998
Bramsons Music, Bedford Hills, NY
Guitar instruction and retail sales of instruments, accessories and sheet music.

The Guitar and Bass Place, Cos Cob, CT
Sales, pedal board and studio set up. Serviced clients at custom, high end guitar shop, amplifier and hand wired guitar pedal board shop. Stocked products included: James Goodall, Bourgeois, Alembic, Tom Anderson, Bradshaw, Custom Audio, Buddha, VHT, Matchless, etc

July 1997
Bayou Music Festival, Croton Point Park, Croton, NY

Assistant to stage manager, assisted with stage setup and artist relations.


04/2007 – present
Jesse Harms at:
Marin Music Center

1559 South Novato Blvd.
Novato CA 94947

06/2007 – present
Guitar Center, San Francisco, CA

Guitar Center, Larchmont, NY
Sam Ash Music Stores, White Plains, NY
Both provide John with client referrals for guitar, bass and studio composition instruction.


Purchase College
Purchase, New York. 1992-1997.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio/Music Composition

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, New York. 1990-1991.

Mt. Vernon High School
Mt. Vernon, NY 1985-1986
High School Diploma

Fordham Preparatory School
Bronx, New York. 1982-1985.
Humanities Major


John produced, arranged, played acoustic and electric guitars on Riverdogs CD a NYC rock band for Independent release.

John was awarded a $500 grant from the Purchase College Affiliates to facilitate and perform at a benefit concert of his creation to raise money for aids prevention on the Purchase College campus. The concert was to take place at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. The profits would create an on going stipend fund made available to future grant award recipients for concerts or events that would benefit special programs like aids related services for the Purchase College community and would allow art and music students to gain real world experience during their college studies. John worked directly with: Steve Grober now owner of Steve Grober events at In 1996 Steve was the events coordinator at the Purchase Performing Arts Center. John also worked directly with the health director of Westchester County; the advertising manager at CD 101.9 (NYC radio station) and the director of ARC (Aids Related Services of Westchester County) to get the project off the ground. The concert was unable to take place due to a lack of seed money to pay various recording artists for their performance but the experience John gained was