Significant teachers and mentors:
Although John had many influential and talented mentors over the years, Joeseph Guastafeste, Warren Benfield, and Jeffrey Bradetich are a few that had a large impact on his career.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Mr. Tuck's teaching philosophy is one that uses traditional methods, while also paying attention to whether or not those methods are effective methods for his students in order to ensure they learn the material in the best way possible.
"I use traditional established teaching methods (including Suzuki materials when appropriate) but adjust my approach to fit each student's individual needs, strengths and interests. I also incorporate elements of ear training, basic piano and jazz theory as necessary."
Professional affiliations & activities:
Currently, John Tuck is a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, assistant principal bass of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and assistant principal bass of the Des Moines Metro Opera summer festival. He is also a founding member of both the Amadeus Consort, which maintains an active Baroque chamber music series - and Tiempo Tango which performs traditional Argentine tango.