The Music Academy
of Gilroy

Our faculty at The Music Academy consists of professional musicians who not only are dedicated teachers, but also excellent performers. We are always available to entertain you. Contact The Music Academy to book our services for your next great event.

Mary Flinsbaugh, Piano/Keyboard Instructor

Piano Instruction

Mary Flinsbaugh joined The Music Academy faculty in January, 2013. She is a graduate of West Valley College, Saratoga, where she completed a music major, with her emphasis on piano performance. She studied at WVC with Esther Archer, and did her preparatory training with Eileen Shaffer of San Jose. While studying with Mrs. Shaffer, Mary completed the highest level of California's Certificate of Merit program, a comprehensive curriculum for young pianists, and was honored with numerous performance opportunities through this program.

John Garcia, Instructor
John Garcia

Guitar Instruction

"My guitar lessons with John have been one of the highlights of the past year. I'm learning a lot and enjoying the lessons very much." (Gary DonLevy)

A solid vocalist and blues guitarist who has been astoundingly dedicated and passionate about music for over 30 years of entertaining, performing recording and teaching, John Garcia has been on the faculty at The Music Academy since 1996. His performance history includes work as lead guitarist in a wide variety of musical styles, with a veritable "who's who" of blues, rock, jazz, and country artists including: Paul Simon, B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Johhny Winters, Huey Lewis and the News. While on a worldwide tour with Hooker and The Coast to Coast Blues Band, Garcia performed at Carnegie Hall. Bo Diddley once stated, "Garcia is one hell of an entertainer." Instrumental virtuosity coupled with a unique vocal style is a personal trademark that has garnered rave reviews. John has released several CD's and has written instructional manuals for guitar as well.

A native son of Gilroy, Mr. Garcia now devotes his time primarily to teaching, but still tours and performs frequently.

"John Garcia is more than an awesome musician and instructor. I'm so glad I found him. Since I've been with John, my playing ability and theory knowledge has excelled rapidly. John is an encyclopedia of music knowledge." (Bob Howard)

John offers individual, weekly, 30-minute lessons at The Music Academy on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. More information about John is available at

For over 27 years, John has shared his knowledge with students of all ages and abilities at Gavilan College, South Valley Music Conservatory, Morgan Hill Adult Community School, and C. B. Perkins & Co. of San Jose, in addition to breakout sessions at Harmonica Master Class workshops all around the world. In addition to his work at The Music Academy, he also teaches at The School of the Blues in South San Jose.

"[John Garcia] plays guitar like a classic Porsche: beautiful and melodic one minute, then leaning into the curves at 210 miles an hour the next." (Brad Kava - Mercury News)