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Instruments: Trumpet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Jonathan S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Trumpet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

2019: Doctor of Music Arts degree in Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance, University of Colorado, Boulder

2011: Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance, SUNY Purchase

2009: Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies/Trumpet Performance, SUNY Purchase

2015: Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music - The Banff Center, Alberta CA

2011: School for Improvisational Music Selective Summer Intensive Program, New York, NY

2010: Master of Music Degree - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2007: Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Camp, Burlington, VT

2006: Queens College Summer Jazz Program – Queens College, New York, NY

Awards:

2020: Selected Presenter at the Association for Popular Music Education (APME) conference (Edinburgh Napier University-Edinburgh, Scotland)

2020: Selected Presenter at the International Society for Improvised Music conference (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music-Melbourne, Australia)

2020: Finalist in auditions for GRAMMY-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra 4th Trumpet Chair

2016-19: Full Scholarship w/ Paid Assistantship/Instructorship for D.M.A. (University of Colorado, Boulder)

2019: Finalist in Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works Grant Competition

2019: Selected Participant in Banff Early Fall Musicians in Residence program

2017: Honorable Mention and Finalist in International Songwriting Competition

2016: Recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award

2016: Semi Finalist in International Songwriting Competition

2015: Selected Participant in Banff International Summer Intensive Program in Jazz and Creative Music

2014: Callback for the Juilliard Artist Diploma program auditions

2011: Selected Participant in School for Improvisational Music Intensive Program

2009: Finalist in Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition

2007: Winner of International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition

Overview:
I've lived in New York City my whole life, so all of many of my artistic and professional pursuits have occurred within one of the world's most culturally diverse and skill set demanding environments. I've been studying music for 17 years and have every intention of continuing my growth as an artist, as well as an educator. As a trumpeter, I have toured the United States and performed and recorded nationwide as well as internationally. As a teacher, I have taught masterclasses, clinics, and have given private and public instruction as part of after-school programs, camps, and private events. One of my main purposes in life is to play music for the sake of making music, and also to share music with people for the sake of their experience.  As a performer, I play regularly throughout NYC with Grammy-nominated and winning artists such as Jimmy Greene, Eric Bergen, and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at clubs such as Birdland, the Iridium, Joe's Pub, Smalls, Smoke, and many more. In addition to having performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note and many other renowned venues in NYC, I have toured nationally as a lead trumpeter for off-Broadway shows, and have performed at the Putra World Trade Center in Malaysia, the Barclay's Center in NYC, as well as many clubs in Haiti, Europe, and the Caribbean.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching privately after receiving my Masters Degree in 2011. Since then I've received of 25 4 to 5 Star reviews for my lessons (see jonathansaraga.com/education). Over the past 5 years I've taught for the Afro-Latin Jazz Academy of Music, the Lyceum Kennedy International School, Jubilee Enrichment Programs, The New York Jazz Academy, the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, New York Ensemble Classes, and most recently, the University of Colorado, Boulder. I am very passionate about sharing what I know and love about music in any way I can, whether it be by performing or teaching, and inspiring others through music any chance I get.
METHODS USED
Being a student of art, human expression, and universal knowledge my methodologies encompass a wide spectrum of musical, artistic, scientific, and spiritual forms of practice. In short, I have the ability to convey information to you in forms that you are most familiar with, and also in ways that will expand your perception of your own abilities and will most likely begin to remove blocks from your creative process. I begin with assessing where you are in your own abilities and learning what you want to achieve. From there I can determine what practices and material will be best for you, both short and long term. Each lesson is my opportunity to imagine a potential map of your progress over the course of a period of time, and the material I assign you will reflect that.
LESSON STYLE
Being that I am a student of universal knowledge, I pride myself in my ability to transmute information to my students in ways that are most familiar to them, and also in ways that will expand their perception of their own abilities and potential, giving them the opportunity to perceive blocks, and work toward removing them from their creative process. I see each lesson as an opportunity to help facilitate self-realization within my students, regardless of the magnitude. Each lesson, I adapt to the current needs of my student, in order to freshly challenge them, but to also foster enjoyment and sense of accomplishment.
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