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Jonathan T In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Harmonica, Mandolin, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Funk, Electronic, Bossa Nova

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Jonathan T In Home
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Harmonica, Mandolin, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Funk, Electronic, Bossa Nova

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Jazz composition, Berklee College of Music I

Overview:
I've been playing music for most of my life. I began playing violin at age 5 and guitar at 10. Music has been my primary focus and love for almost fifty years. For me composing/writing, performing, producing, recording, mixing, mastering, music copying, album design, photography are all part of the process of making music. All or some of these skills I enjoy passing along to my students. I have performed in venues from the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap, to clubs in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles.
EXPERIENCE
There is nothing I love more than sharing what I have learned over the course of my life. Helping someone on their way to mastering a musical instrument is always exciting. I began teaching in my early twenties, something that's always given me immense pleasure. Since that time, I have studied other instruments to differing degrees of success including but not limited to saxophone, chromatic harmonica, and drums. With each new instrument I learn, I'm afforded the opportunity to revisit my own teaching method.
METHODS USED
There's more to learning to play an instrument than scales and chords. My teaching method is more holistic covering, as needed, technique, interpretation, theory, performance, ear training, music listening, transcription, music copying, the mechanics of the instrument. We usually begin with pad and pen and move from there. When suitable, an appropriate method book or specific texts are chosen. My method also includes time playing together. I've found that at a certain point much can be taught through playing in a duo setting.
LESSON STYLE
Because we're all different and each of us has our own particular way of learning, I tailor each student's lessons to their particular needs. Throughout the lessons, my focus is first on comprehension and understanding of concepts and techniques, then on usage and performance. The lessons are geared more toward learning and application rather than amassing any number of ideas and skills that have little or no real world value. I also feel listening and transcription are invaluable to learning any instrument. These are also covered in our lessons.
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Jennifer Rak

5

Jonathan is a terrific violin teacher. He has been working with my daughter for the last few years and the progress has been amazing. She is almost eight and is now comfortable reading notes and understanding how to break down songs to learn on her own. She is comfortable playing short songs by memory and learning to better understand rhythm. Most importantly she likes playing and Jonathan really works to make practice fun. Also, even having virtual lessons over the last 8 months, Jonathan has really kept the lessons interesting and our daughter still is learning/playing a lot during the lessons.

Review posted on Nov 29, 2020

Rachael Nguyen

5

Mr. Jonathan is amazing. He worked with my 4-5 year old daughter on both violin and piano and I couldn’t be more impressed with his patience, expertise, and overall ability to work with such a young student (who was also a bit challenging behavior-wise). He is incredibly professional and I would recommend him to anyone!

Review posted on Feb 15, 2020

Amanda Morrison

5

My 4 1/2 year old daughter has enjoyed taking lessons. Each week Jonathan presents a new learning objective while continuously building upon the previously learned material. Jonathan is nice, patient and encouraging, all the while being engaging to keep the violin lesson on track.

Review posted on Jul 24, 2019

Julie Carter

5

We LOVE Mr. Jonathan! He is patient, friendly, light-hearted, and really creative in teaching tough music concepts! He is always on time, very conscientious and personable and obviously loves what he is doing. His approach to learning and practice are perfect for our 7 year-old wannabe rockstar :)

Review posted on Oct 02, 2018

Mark Pflanz

5

Jonathan is fantastic. Our daughter really responds to him. Very flexible and easy to work with on scheduling. He built his own app for his students to practice note recognition. Highly recommend.

Review posted on Jun 12, 2018
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