Bachelors in music performance from GSU/jazz studies dept (saxophones)
2003 rick bell scholarship
Hello, my name is Jordan and I've been a professional touring musician and music teacher for the last 16 years. I have a degree in Music Performance from GA State University (Saxophones-Jazz Studies). During my undergrad I took several years of classical lessons with Atlanta’s best saxophonist-Sam Skelton, as well as several years of jazz performance. During my time in Atlanta I was introduced to many great players! Including my good friend Coy Bowles, current member of the Zac Brown Band. He and I performed weekly during our time at GA State U. jazz dept. from the jazz department, as well as many stadium arena shows w Zac and the guys! From there I met the leaders of the Yacht Rock Revue and went on to perform w Yacht Rock Schooner (still perform with regularly) and later Electric Ave! All of which are “high-level”, professional, touring festival bands. I’ve spent the past 20 years immersed in the Atlanta music community and it has been a valuable and immeasurable learning experience. I’m thankful for my past and excited about my future. I sincerely want to spread my passion for music to the next generations of musicians.
During my 18 Yrs of teaching private lessons I’ve learned so much. I’ve grown as a person, performing musician and as a teacher. Music is very a rewarding passion, I strive to communicate my joy and desire to all of my students no matter the age, goals or instrument. Rock n roll was my first love but I studied classical and jazz at the university, along with musical theatre and orchestra gigs. I’m confident in teaching pretty much any style and look forward to working with the musika community.
All methods are relative and based on the student. However, certain ages and ages require a general foundation of basic fundamentals.
Guitar: Mel bay basic guitar method 1, to more advanced etudes and transcriptions of chord melodies, etc
Piano: based on level, children’s books to advanced repertoire for adults
Woodwinds: essential elements or more advanced etude books (rhubank- ferling studies-karg
Communication of goals and a realistic approach to those goals will guide our curriculum and change from student to student based on level and available time, etc.
I base my every teaching style according to what the individual student needs . Teaching a class of 60 students is much different than a one on one class. No two people are the same and so they should not be taught the same exact way. For ex. Some students are very driven and need to learn control- to slow down and learn awareness, rhythmic sensitivity. Conversely, students who lack conviction and confidence need to listen to classic recordings to gain inspiration , drive. Just a few examples but there is a prescription for every situation. All students need basic fundamentals, how we get there is the job of the teacher.