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Meet John Mizenko of Join the Band Music Lessons Studio in Sherman Oaks and SanFernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Mizenko.

John, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Join the Band started in 1998. I was a private guitar teacher at a local music store when I recognized the need for my guitar students to experience playing with other musicians in a band setting. I started to network with other music teachers to get drummers, singers, keyboardists and bass players involved. Over time the classes were becoming very popular and I decided (with the encouragement of a friend) to put on a concert in local night clubs. Our first concert was a huge success. The club was packed with family and friends to support the bands.

Fast forward to today… Join the Band has a state of the art music lessons studio in Sherman Oaks. We coach 25-30 bands a week and have concerts and popular LA music venues such as The Roxy Theatre, The Mint, The Federal Bar, The Whisky, The Baked Potato and many more.

In addition to our “Join the Band” band classes we also offer private music lessons, music camps, and workshops. We’ve had over 3000 bands perform over 100 concerts with over a thousand students (Band Members)!

The quality of our instructors has been a key to our success. All of our teachers have attended prestigious music colleges such as Berklee College of Music, Musicians Institute, USC, Cal Arts, North Texas State, and more.

Has it been a smooth road?
Join the Band has experienced steady growth since we started in 1998. Even during the recession, we were doing well. It shows that parents want their kids in quality music lessons and won’t sacrifice the experience in hard times.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Join the Band Music Lessons Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
Join the Band specializes in music instruction. We are well known for our band programs. We started putting kids in rock band classes in 1998 before it was the “cool thing to do”. The band classes teach more than music. Our students (kids-teens-adults) learn teamwork in a supportive creative environment. Whether or not they become profession musicians is not the point. The skills they learn in being creative, supportive, and being a part of a team will carry over to other parts of their lives.

I believe what sets Join the Band apart is this: It comes down to how people are treated. Our teachers and staff are good listeners. You have to listen without forming answers before someone is finished speaking.

You cannot be a successful teacher if you just have an agenda. You have to be a good listener first. Listen to your student’s needs, concerns, and questions and you will learn a lot. Fill those needs, concerns and answer those questions and you will be successful.

I am very proud and humbled by the impact we have on many of our student’s lives. I have had many former students come back and tell me how important Join the Band was to them growing up. Parents also tell me what a big influence Join the Band has had on their kid’s growth from childhood through the teen years.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The biggest shift I see is in technology. Technology has changed everything in how music is learned, performed, created and distributed. However, at the end of the day, a good teacher is a good teacher. There is nothing more effective than a qualified teacher/mentor sitting across from you to guide your musical development.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 5928 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
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  • Phone: 818-345-8950
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  1. Sean Carbone

    February 27, 2017 at 21:40

    This is an awesome program. My kids love it. I only wish they were around when I was a kid.

  2. Lisa

    February 28, 2017 at 05:58

    This program truly lives up to the article. My daughter flourished as a musician under JTBs talented teachers for 6 years. But what she gained in confidence and how she grew as a collaborator and leader is what we value most about her time there. It gave her a safe place to grow and express herself and gave her the kind of outlet teens look for in the wrong places! Lucky for us, she had JTB as her safe haven during her angsty teen years.

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