Feedback from Fall 2016-2017 Classes

Responses from MUS1650 Guitar for Music Therapy

• I love this class – Mr. Horne is engaging and tailors the class to match the abilities of his students. I look forward to going to class!

• John Horne is absolutely one of my favorite professors that I have had at Ohio University, I enjoy attending his class and feel I haveimproved a good deal during the semester. Can’t wait to have class with him again next semester!

• Love him. He is such a great teacher.

• Made me feel successful on an instrument I have never been great with!

• My guitar skills have improved so much in just one semester of guiar. I was challenged every class and there were always multiple ways provided of how to play something to make it more challenging which met everyone where they were.

• Overall the class is wonderful and I enjoy it and it makes me feel like I can really am learning. I just wish that there was an update every few weeks of our grade. Overall the class is very effective and really teaches us guitar. I would love to see one one-on-one work though out the class but I honestly love this class.

• Professor Horne is a wonderful guitar teacher. He is extremely helpful in class and offers helpful advice every day. I wish I knew what I had in the class, not knowing my grade in any class is very stressful. But I am confident that if I was doing poorly, he would let me know. I look forward to another semester of guitar!

• This was my favorite class this semester

• Dr. Horne is an excellent guitarist and Professor and consistently presents the material in a way that is both challenging but concise for the class to learn. I have never played guitar before, and he has helped me to have a firm foundation to continue learning and an inspiration to keep learning more.

• He is very patient. I really like this class.

• John Horne is a great professor. Our class is at 8:35 in the morning and he is a great way to start off the day- especially that early. I really appreciate how accommodating his curriculum for students who have never played the guitar until now- me. John Horne is really funny and is a good teacher.

Responses from MUS2550 Jazz Combo

• I love this class. I look forward to it every week, and I learn a lot every time we meet. Professor Horne does a great job creating a comfortable environment where each person can experiment.

• It has been a pleasure to have professor Horne as an ensemble director this year. He chose appropriate rep and asked for suggestions from the group. As a group I felt that we really loved our rep this semester for that reason. His directions were very clear and he used rehearsal time very effectively. His vast knowledge of Jazz music and performance is evident in each piece of advice he gives the members of the ensemble. His positive attitude and love of jazz music really unified and motivated the group. He also created materials such as arrangements or additional parts to songs. Professor Horne is an extremely effective director and a joy to learn from.

• Professor Horne has a gift; acting as catalyst, he has created an ensemble of musicians, not just eight individuals playing their notes.

Responses from MUS2550 Jazz Improv for Music Therapy

• The final project was awesome, even though it took me more time that I expected to finish it. However, it gave me more opportunities to thinking about how to use what we learned in the music therapy session.

• The several techniques we have used in class has inspired me in many ways, especially in clinical area.

• Great teacher with great passion for jazz.

• I enjoyed jazz improvisation. It would be helpful to have assignment posted prior to being assigned. I liked the source the instructor used to assign homework and information.

• I like that he made the class fun and didn’t have us so worried about grades. I especially like that he had us improvise based on feel. He taught us “feel” instead of reading notes on a page.

• John Horne is very passionate about jazz improvisation and is a great class facilitator. However, I believe the majority of the class materials is not applicable to music therapy. I wish we could have done more clinical interventions with jazz improvisation.

• Professor Horne made the class applicable to the career I will be going into, and I really appreciated that.

Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar from Lucas Reilly on Vimeo.

I was recently chosen as the subject of a photojournalism project by Ohio University student Lucas Reilly. Lucas is a former student and it was great to reconnect with him and have him shadow me for a few days. Not only did he impress mt with his photos, but he was amazingly professional and discrete while capturing these images.

New Year, New Website

I’ve been doing a lot of decluttering around my home over the past several weeks and that activity has now spilled over on to the website. I’ve updated to a more modern theme and worked to keep the primary menus and pages minimal – focusing on only on the most basic information visitors might be seeking. More detailed articles will be included in the blog. It feels pretty good on this side of the monitor.

Feedback from Spring 2014-2015 Classes

• Even while going through personal crisis, John Horne was so committed to our Class Folk Guitar. He is an amazing musician and teacher, and very passionate about his music and his students.

• I enjoyed his class so much!! He is a dedicated professor who never leaves anyone behind.

• I love Mr. Horne’s class.

• John Horne is an effective instructor for the class, however, I would suggest that there should be more graded assignments for the class and more opportunities to play in front of the class. This may cause more stress, however it would make the students practice more to be more prepared. I feel the class should be a little more challenging, but then again, the freedom of learning was nice to go at my own pace.

• Professor is a good teacher and also a awesome musician. He can use many ways to explain the techniques about guitar, and also being patient to correct us one by one. He is very good !!!

• Very friendly and eager to help students with anything guitar related. He had given me great advice on things such as building an electric guitar and modification of and cleaning both electric and acoustic guitars. He gives you the tools needed to improve playing in many different styles that can be built upon even after the class is done.

• He is a really great guy. Very patient and very kind

• I enjoyed the energy in the class. There wasn’t a lot of pressure to perform well all of the time and I really liked coming to class and learning to play guitar!

• Loved this class! John Horne is helpful and knows how to explain complicated concepts in an enjoyable and understandable way. He kept the class fun, and was always helpful and encouraging!

• Great learning opportunity for students led by an excellent educator