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Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion
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I was born and raised around Seattle, WA. From an early age, I loved music and playing around with whatever instruments I could get my hands on! From these humble (and noisy!) beginnings, I have had a wild musical ride! This musical journey has led me into forays into saxophone, guitar, singing, piano, clarinet, percussion, digital music, and recording. Now, I love playing and teaching these instruments and sharing the beauty of their music with others.
I love a wide variety of music and exploring new styles! My musical tastes change frequently depending on what new music I am listening to. I am currently enthusiastic about jazz guitar, Justin Timberlake, Romantic and twentieth-century classical music, Croatian klapa choirs, chill dubstep, and big band jazz.
My degree from Willamette University is a B.A. in Music, focusing on vocal performance. (I'm a bass-baritone…) During my time at Willamette, I received numerous awards from the music department including Outstanding Student Award for Musicianship twice and departmental honors upon my graduation. Currently, I am in Boston, employed as a professional church musician, and focusing on multicultural music and musical innovation. This most recent experience has been a wonderful experience as it has challenged me musically and personally!
I taught my first music lesson in 2007. From there, I have facilitated a variety of music lessons encompassing guitar, piano, percussion, and basic music competency skills. These have been with students of varying skill levels, backgrounds, commitment, ages, and English-speaking abilities.
Acting, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Broadway Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Speaking Voice
First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...
Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.
I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to regain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.
Acting, Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Hello, my name is Jason! I have been surrounded by music for my entire life. My father, a Berklee School of Music graduate, is an accomplished guitarist who introduced me to many forms of music as a child. At age seven he introduced me to Ringo Starr’s drum solo in “The End” by The Beatles and I knew that I wanted to learn to play percussion. Since that time, I have studied percussion theory and technique extensively with Shawn Green and Kevin Fortunato, both Berklee graduates. I studied film scoring, music theory, music history, and electronic composition at the Cambridge School of Weston under Gustavo-Assis Brasil (another Berklee graduate) and Michael Weinstein (the school’s music director and Berklee professor with an extensive list of degrees and credits). I also performed in many Rock/Pop and Jazz Ensemble classes under Gustavo’s direction where I got great performance experience as a teenager. My senior Capstone project at the Cambridge School was the performance of a drum clinic when I performed a drum solo improvisation as well as various contemporary songs. I then gave a lecture of the artistry and history of the drum solo in concert performance and the evolution of modern drum set equipment as well.
After study at the University of Connecticut, I returned to Massachusetts where I have since headed up the Percussion department at a local performing arts program for five years, teaching privately as well. I have recorded and performed with local bands The Movie: The Ride, Shiva Lingam, and Black Trip. Furthermore, I am working on the composition and production of an original album of music influenced by progressive rock, cinematic orchestral, industrial, world/ethnic, and classical symphonic music as well as other styles. My hopes for the future include the release of this material, the opening of a teaching/recording studio, and the publication of instructional percussion material.
Some of my biggest musical influences include (not just drummers): Ludwig Van Beethoven, Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy/Mike Mangini), Tool (Danny Carey), Thomas Lang, Zakir Hussein, Hans Zimmer, Jeremy Soule, Blind Guardian, Ellis Paul, Porcupine Tree (Gavin Harrison), and Mark Knopfler… this is by no means a complete list, just a snapshot!
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world (The Fates, Ben Levin Group), I am a music machine! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities.
From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University.
At Boston University, I studied classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since relocating to Boston, I have performed 250+ shows in various ensembles around the greater Boston area.
Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
With a Bachelor's degree from Morgan State University (music performance), Delaware State University (music composition) and Norfolk State University (music education) as well as 9 years teaching experience, diversity is my middle name. My studies culminate in experience from various methods of teaching, composing and performing.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
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