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M.B.A., Tulane University
M.F.A., Tulane University
B.M., University of Southwestern Louisiana
Guitar Concepts
Private Guitar Instruction


Instructor, Guitar and Music Industry Studies

John Rankin is an accomplished guitarist and instructor, and has been a faculty member of Loyola’s College of Music since 1985. During his career, he has also taught guitar at every other university in New Orleans, including Tulane University, Xavier University, and the University of New Orleans.

Performing has always been a passion for John; a constant presence in the New Orleans music scene, he has performed in almost every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since 1981 and every French Quarter Fest since 1999. For years, John has been a fixture on Tuesday nights at the world-famous Columns Hotel, and has released five original recordings.

New Orleans Magazine named John as a Jazz All-Star in 2007, and in 2011 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education by Offbeat Magazine. In 1992 and 2003, he won the Big Easy Award for best folk music, and was also a winner in the 1985 American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival.

John’s Latest

Filmmaker Magazine Interviews Professor Jon Vogl

FILMMAKER Magazine recently sat down with Digital Filmmaking professor Jon Vogl to talk shop about post-production – and how filmmakers pay for it. A leading industry publication for over two decades, FILMMAKER offers editorials on the art and the business […]

Professor Esteb’s Feature Sweeps Festivals Across Country

It’s been quite a festival season for Instructor of Screenwriting Steven Esteb. His 2016 feature film, Hate Crime, has swept film festivals across the country, winning awards and accolades in twelve different festivals. This week, the drama racked up its […]

Professor Garrett Bradley Wins Award at Sundance

Garrett Bradley, Instructor of Digital Filmmaking, made quite the splash at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with her new short film, Alone. The film, which documents the consequences of mass incarceration as seen through the eyes of a single New […]

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