Jensen, aka Mrs. Jack Ryan is the entire reason the studio exists and continues to operate. She is originally from Midlothian, VA. She moved to Nashville and met Jack while he was performing on stage at Tootsies Orchid Lounge. She has been an unmatched support system for Jack and the studio, working tirelessly in the studio, behind the scenes, on the website, social media platforms, the music festival, and so much more. She has her degree in Psychology and Education and has been the cornerstone of the many programs we offer here at the studio. In addition to her responsibilities here at the studio, she is the head of the marketing department for a family owned lawn care business and is responsible for doubling their clientele during the 4 years she has worked there. Jack and Jensen were married on May 13, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ, their favorite place.
John is a musician who has proven his versatility on many stages throughout the world. As a classical guitarist, recent solo programs have explored 16th century lute music, the solo cello and violin music of J.S. Bach, and have included world premieres by American composers David Macbride and Thomas Schuttenhelm. John completed his Master’s degree at The Hartt School, where he studied with internationally recognized pedagogue Richard Provost and partook in master classes by Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, Odair Assad, and Scott Tennant.
Diversity of style is one of the most distinguishing factors in John’s musical output, and his current ensemble work shows an array of genres and influences. In 2015 John arranged Franz Schubert’s vocal cycle Die Schöne Müllerin and performed alongside mezzo-soprano Greta Moorhead in series of benefit concerts for the UN Refugee Agency. In 2019 he took part in recording the music of composer Phil Salathè, which was released on Phil’s album Imaginary Birds
As a folk musician, John has studied and performed Celtic music for over a decade, performing on guitar, voice, mandolin, and banjo. In 2010 he founded a seven-piece Irish ensemble called Craic Was Mighty (“craic” being the Irish word for fun, gossip, merrymaking, etc.). The group recorded two full-length albums and continues to make appearances in the USA and Canada. He is currently performing and recording with Celtic harpist Evelyn Cournoyer on a program of traditional/contemporary Irish and Scottish music.
In 2016 John became one of the founding members of the French 75 Dixieland Jazz Band, an early jazz quintet in which he performs on tenor banjo and vocals.
John currently lives and performs in Richmond, VA. When not making music he is most content when surrounded by used books/records and listening to live radio broadcasts of the Boston Red Sox.
Matthew is our youngest instructor. He is one of Jack’s proteges who has shown talent, promise, and dedication to his craft. This has earned him a place teaching at Jack Ryan Music. He grew up in North Chesterfield, VA. His parents gave him a child size acoustic guitar when he was 4 years old and a 3/4 scale electric at age 11. He had an aptitude for both immediately. Even at age 4 he would sit on the couch with his acoustic guitar and "write" songs, including lyrics. He received a compact electronic drum set around age 13 and has excelled with percussion. His parents gave him his first bass guitar, a Hofner copy at age 15. He plays both guitar and bass now, at public gigs with his musical mentor, Jack Ryan. He also plays guitar, bass and drums at several local churches. Matthew teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, and piano. Matthew also specializes in teaching Pre-School and Elementary age group music classes.
Ashley is a student at VCU and is studying classical guitar as she obtains her Bachelor of Arts degree from VCU Music. She is the “concert master” in the school’s ensemble as well. Ashley has been playing guitar since she was 9 years old and participated in many ensembles throughout high school, including being the first student from the Richmond area to be accepted into the All Virginia Guitar Ensemble.
She also plays piano, ukulele, and sings. Growing up in a very musical family, she has influences from all musical genres and eras. When teaching, she enjoys a fun and easygoing environment that furthers a deep understanding and love of music!
Scott was raised in Chesterfield, Virginia where he first began playing viola at Matoaca Middle School in 2005. He attended St. Christopher's School in Richmond beginning in ninth grade, where he was awarded the William Carter Bowles Memorial Music Prize at graduation. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from VCU in 2017 and was also a member of the VCU Symphony and several other smaller ensembles. In his time at VCU, Scott studied under multiple members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as many other esteemed, talented musicians. He is also a skilled violinist and drummer, and is proficient in piano, guitar, mandolin, cello, ukulele, and banjo. He currently lives in Chester with his wife and golden retriever. He is also a contemporary classical composer, having composed pieces for string quartet, string trio, and solo piano, among others. Some of his favorite artists include Mozart, Led Zeppelin, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Rob (M.A. music) began playing guitar at age 13 and performed in various punk rock and metal bands throughout the early 2000's. Later on, Rob studied classical guitar and received a master's in music from Radford university with an emphasis in classical guitar performance. He has performed in venues throughout the Virginia, Maryland, D.C. area and was featured as a solo performer at the 2016 Radford international guitar festival. Rob has been a teacher since 2009 and has successfully prepared students to achieve a variety of goals including: playing in bands and auditioning for 4 year music programs. Rob's main instrument is guitar, but he also teaches piano, bass guitar, ukulele and music theory.
Brianna was born and raised in Bon Air, Virginia, and has always had an interest in Visual Arts. She was a student in the Commercial Photography program at the Chesterfield Technical Center, and later received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from John Tyler Community College. After finishing school, she moved to Orlando, Florida to work for the Walt Disney Company. While in Florida she also worked as an after school drawing teacher for elementary schoolers, which she continued to do after moving back to Virginia. She is the Lessons Coordinator and Studio Manager for Jack Ryan Music, but in her spare time, she works as a photographer, a photo editor, and is learning to play piano.