John Murphy studied classical guitar, music theory and solfeo (sight singing) at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica, Valencia, Spain, where he obtained his teachers' Diploma in 1978, specializing in classical guitar. His teachers included Dylan Todd (Ireland),Jose Luis Rodrigo (Madrid) and Dona Rosa J. Bosque (Valencia). In Boston he studied jazz guitar with Berklee graduate John Wheatley. He has also given solo classical guitar recitals.
John has taught in many schools and Colleges including Ballyfermot Music College, Castleknock College, and St. Kilians Deutsche Schule. He organised group guitar classes for young people and adults in Airfield Trust for many years, covering all contemporary styles of electric and acoustic popular guitar playing.
John has arranged numerous classical and popular tunes for guitar and recorded a selection of his arrangements of Irish Airs for Bord Failte (Irish Tourist Board).
John is also a songwriter, having composed over 50 songs and released two CDs "In A Quiet Land" and "A King's Ransom"".
John is a member of IMRO. He also holds a B.A. degree in Applied Languages (D.C.U.) in Spanish and German and a T.E.F.L.Diploma.