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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Fiddle, Music, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Funk, Hip Hop, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Jon B In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Fiddle, Music, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Funk, Hip Hop, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Professional Certificate: Pennsylvania Department of Education (PA Educator's Certificate), Bachelor Degree: Immaculata University (B.M. in Music Education)
Awards:

2020-Present: Singer (tenor) and soloist, The Wheatland Chorale

2017-2022: General music teacher, choral director and coach of boys/girls lacrosse clubs.

2018-2019: Principal 2nd Violinist, Immaculata Symphony

2017: The Reverend William E. Campbell Medal for Music, Immaculata University

2013-2014: DIII Men's Lacrosse Player, Immaculata University

Overview:
Welcome! My name is Jon B., I am a new Musika music educator with nearly 5 years of general music, choral, and lacrosse coaching experience in the Philadelphia, Eastern York and Lancaster areas. I attended Immaculata University through 2017, during which time I participated in a variety of ensembles, with occasional solos, on the instruments of voice (tenor), violin, guitar, and piano, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. In addition, I played DIII Men's Lacrosse and served as the President of PCMEA (a collegiate music education organization) during my junior year. Subsequently, I gratefully had the opportunies to perform and take on leadership roles with The Brandywine Singers, The Wheatland Chorale, and the Immaculata Symphony, as well as partake in my incredibly rewarding music education experiences.
EXPERIENCE
My teaching career consists of nearly 5 years of general music and choral instruction in the Philadelphia, Eastern York and Lancaster areas. I firmly trust in the method of applying ecclectic mixes of music styles when teaching any instrument, as well as efficient, purposeful practicing. Practicing should be an intentional yet rewarding experience, and that which focuses more on the "how" of learning music, rather than the "how long?". I highly encourage my students to participate in concerts/recitals, as well as composing projects; opportunities for creativity and performance are what really make a student blossom as a musician! I greatly look forward to being of service to your child on their musical journey, wherever it may take them.
METHODS USED
On the handful of instruments I teach, I generally begin with concrete, fundamental resources such as the Suzuki methodology for violin, essential elements and the Superbook for guitar, Panofka Vocalises and Classical repertoire for voice, and a collection of piano songs that escalate from individual hands to Middle C position, and then eventually to standard "C" and shifting positions. As the student expands their knowledge and familiarity with their instrument, I incorporate popular/folk/world music, performance opportunities, and more challenging sonatas, song cycles, arrangements and composition exercises that get the student performing and creating as they expand their musical inventory.
LESSON STYLE
I am a huge supporter of positive reinforcement and making the lesson experience fun, comfortable, light and exploratory. I find that a student grows musically when they feel safe and welcomed to investigate, make mistakes and explore on their instrument. These experiences are what enkindle and help to maintain a student's motivation and interest in the instrument they are taking up. Lessons, though, are always cumulative and sequential so that skills are built in a logical, progressive way. I encourage students to journal during their practice time to allow for mindful learning. Every student has their own unique background knowledge, interests and non-musical skills/talents, so I try to encourage their uniqueness by selecting songs and methods accordingly, and by having students be metta-cognitive during their musical experience!
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