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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


Jonathan S In Home In Studio
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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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


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

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.
I'm a professional musician and educator from New York City, which is where I've spent roughly 2/3 of my life, and where I currently reside. My 30,000+ hours of experience within music is expressed through my 9 years of conservatory training, which includes Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Music degrees, and my work as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, and studio musician over the course of 20 years. I've recorded on 30 albums, including 2 under my own name for multiple record labels, and have written over 300 pages of scholarly work encompassing a wide variety of theoretical, musicological and pedagogical topics. I've also taught nearly 400 students over the past 7 years, including 3 years at the collegiate level. I have been internationally recognized for excellence in music performance, composition, arranging and/or education through 20 awards, commissions and/or grants presented by the International Trumpet Guild (2X), The International Songwriting Competition (3X), The Herb Alpert Foundation, the Banff Center (2x), Chamber Music America, the School for Improvisational Music, the International Society for Improvised Music, the Association for Popular Music Education, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the Juilliard School, the Actors Fund/Local 802 Musicians Union, the Jazz Foundation of America, the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, the Recording Academy/MusiCares, and the University of Colorado Boulder Music Advisory Board. As an educator, I have taught multi-level in-person and virtual music playing/appreciation courses for greater-New York-area based organizations such as the Afro-Latin Jazz Academy, the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, New York Ensemble Classes, the Lyceum Kennedy International School, Jubilee Enrichment Programs, Jazz Empowers and the New York Jazz Academy. I have also completed 6 semesters of service as a Graduate Part-Time Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I taught multiple playing ensembles as well as 3 semesters of a 100+ student History of Jazz lecture class for non-majors. While I specialize in the following broad areas of musical study, my specialties are not limited to: General Music, Composition, Arranging, Ear Training, Music History (includes classical, jazz, and world musics), Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Songwriting. I also specialize in the following instruments: Trumpet, flugelhorn, and Piano/Keyboards. My home studio is complete with weighted 88-key digital piano, Bose high quality speakers, audio and video recording equipment (Beyerdynamic M-160 microphone, Audient iD4 interface, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X), as well as a vast music library, musical media, and tablature spanning many musical genres, cultures and time periods. I look forward to being a part of your journey!
After working as a public after-school teacher, as well as in the field of child-care and mentorship since 2004, through my experience, I have found that serving as a role model has become an incredibly effective teaching method. Any child or any human being for that matter is receptive and responsive to a teacher who is sure of themselves, and their preaching; a teacher who is articulate and direct with their words and actions; and a teacher who can be trusted and who makes their student feel comfortable in their presence. These three basic characteristics I've found, win over a students faith in a teacher, and greatly increase the rate of comprehension, application, and acquisition of knowledge. I develop my curriculum around student interests, which fosters motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to steer learning in a direction relevant to student interest, is to invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study. Given the opportunity for input, students generate their own ideas and add to the pre-existing ones that have fostered my own imagination, and impact how I develop my lessons. When students share ownership in the curriculum, they feel a strong sense of purpose, are motivated to work hard, to set and accomplish their own goals, and to perform well. Having studied and worked with musicians of world class ability for the past 8 years, I have adapted effective teaching techniques, and fused them with my own skills and knowledge to create a flexible approach that can mold itself to the abilities, individual needs and goals of a student or a program as a whole. Through my continued studies in music, and many other fields, my ability to relate to all people, including students continues to grow. I am able to quickly assess what kind of approach is appropriate for a group or an individual, and I have experience implementing practices that directly improve learning ability, interest in and comprehension of material. I understand the importance of time management, creative thinking, attention to detail and the ability to make something difficult seem fun and worthwhile. I believe and live by the idea that creativity is an energy that flows through us, and one's creative abilities can be improved and expanded, through the emotional body, which is influenced by one's perceptions. Throughout my training in music, the arts, as well as my physical, mental and spiritual pursuits, I have realized that discipline, creative flow, and love for what one is and what one does can come together and yield great fulfillment and sense of purpose.
The core of my mission as an educator is to not only guide students toward realizing their own potentials as musicians, artists and complete human beings, but also to encourage and enable them to visualize their own growth and potential. To do that, I aim to construct learning environments which nurture self- discovery through guidance, as opposed to environments which dictate how students should develop and/or perceive material. The enjoyment I experience from teaching is because of my desire to see my students experience joy through their own learning. I appreciate having the freedom to be creative and inventive, in conjunction with structure in my own practices. I have found the beauty in the process of working with those ingredients as well as what can happen when a balance between them is achieved. I get enjoyment out of seeing my students want to share ownership of their lessons, so that I serves as merely a guide, to make sure they stay on the path of learning. I want to see my students foster an actual relationship and connection with their craft, because I know first hand the renewed sense of purpose, motivation, and confidence that can be realized from doing so. To help instill this type of relationship with my students, rather than fostering an environment of pre-determined hierarchy between myself and them, I chose to co-create one, based on the sharing of mutually perceived values, concepts, and ideas. This non-fear-based approach to learning and career preparation caters to one my premier goals of teaching within academia—to prepare a student for the ‘real’ world, but with a humility that transcends the illusions of material or financial success. Finding ways to be of service to others is ultimately my goal as a human being, as a performer of music, and also as an educator. In the context of musical academia, that approach translates toward helping a person reach their goals as a musician through their chosen medium. Since many people have different ideas of what that looks like, it is my job to teach from a place of love and simultaneously high standards.
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