John attended Temple University in Philadelphia before embarking on a fulltime musical career, lasting over 45 years. He is a professional keyboardist and songwriter. John has been musical director for various casino acts performing in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Married, with two children, he presently performs throughout the Delaware Valley. John started teaching piano in 1993. He has taught throughout South Jersey and has been on the faculty of the “New Jersey School of Music” in Medford, New Jersey since 1997.
As owner/operator of “Ignatius Studios”, in Williamstown, John specializes in jingles, custom-made karaoke tracks, singer-songwriter demos, and full band recording sessions. In 2005, He became a member of the “Jon Lewis Orchestra”, as well as an accompanist for vocalists appearing at “Tangos Piano Bar” at Tropicana Hotel and Casino. He was guest lecturer and performance judge at the South Jersey Teen Arts Festival held at Stockton University from 2004-2006. In 2006 he placed 2nd in the Philadelphia Flyers Arena Organist Competition. He was musician/arranger for Williamstown High School Cabaret Night in 2009, performing new and classic songs from the Broadway Stage and beyond. He is presently a member of “Brandywine Valley Talent” (2007-2021), an agency providing music for corporate and private events.
John’s teaching philosophy is to keep his students engaged and entertained by the infinite possibilities of learning to play the piano. Growing up as the son of a piano teacher, John was exposed to many different books and methods of the study of music. Music was constantly heard or being played by any of the nine members in the Callaghan family household. John has benefited greatly from this upbringing and shares his experience with his students whenever possible. He hopes to inspire students, the way he was inspired by his life in music.