John Churchville is a GRAMMY nominated Tabla player as well as a Two time GRAMMY Music Educator Award nominee and Detroit Music Award winner.  John got his start in music at a very early age on the shores of Lake Superior in the town of Marquette Michigan where he forged a love of performing, recording,and teaching music. From there he moved out to California to attend the esteemed California Institute of the Arts where he earned a degree in World Music Performance and began a decades long journey with the Indian tabla drums.

Moving to Ann Arbor with his wife Jody in 2006, John forged a unique path in both the music scene and in music education. Over the next decade, John developed a nationally recognized and award winning elementary music program with a focus on student ownership, creativity, and technology integration.

At the same time, John was also recording, performing and developing his unique style of tabla drumming with the award winning Indian fusion group Sumkali. John has recorded, engineered and produced all 4 of Sumkali's albums as well as hundreds of recordings of original music by his students.

John is currently working as a performing musician, private and classroom instructor, and freelance Music Education Consultant.

John is available to provide state certified professional development seminars for Elementary Music Educators in all 50 states through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER) 


John Churchville