Bass Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner

About Jordan M.

Background Check: Last verified 07/15/2013
Jordan passed a background check on 07/15/2013 that included the following:
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Male Ages Taught: 10 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 10 to 99

Overview

Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.

Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this that lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.

In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. This spring, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.

You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder or folder, and the texts from which they would like to study.

*** Specialties ***
I have an extensive background in jazz bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.

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Jordan is a jack of all trades. Whether your are interested in guitar, trumpet, piano, ukelele or harmonica Jordan can help you reach your goals. Check out his full profile (or keep reading) for more information on Jordan- http://takelessons.com/profile/jordan-m Jordan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Miami at Coral Gables and has been an active performer and teacher in San Diego since 2007. I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play! Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style. You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 21 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highly Recommended I am a professional pianist, and I have had the pleasure of performing with Jordan on several occasions. I can say without a doubt that he is one of the most talented performers with whom I have worked. In addition, he is extremely passionate about music, and I am confident that his enthusiasm would be insightful to any future student. Highly recommended! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Piano Teacher Jordan is an unbelievable teacher with a deep knowledge and passion for music and teaching. He improved not only my mechanical ability to play the piano, but also my understanding of the hows and whys of the art of playing the piano. Thanks so much Jordan, I wish I could keep the lessons going! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Passionate & Encouraging! I have played in a band with Jordan for almost 5 years-he is a fantastic, creative force with an endless stream of ideas. Outside our band, Jordan has also established a fine reputation amongst the San Diego music community for his professionalism, chops, and reliability. Jordan's work ethic also applies in his pursuits as a music teacher. He is passionate and encouraging with his bandmates AND students. He clearly loves to help others achieve their musical pursuits. I highly recommend Jordan both as a professional player and a music teacher. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Job! Jordan has been a wonderful teacher and never ceases to be encouraging. Through his lessons I have grown to be a better musician and have more passion for my instrument. March 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Reliable, Solid Musician I've shared the stage with Jordan on many occasions with my world music band Todo Mundo (I'm the drummer). We call on Jordan when we need a trombonist and he gets the job done. He's reliable, works well with others, is friendly, reads charts well, and take instruction well. Jordan has a good ear, has a good feel for many styles of music, and is genuine in his approach to making good music. He respects the sound that our band is going for, along with understanding what is enjoyable for our audiences. I've enjoyed working with Jordan and recommend that others work with him too! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by honest and inspiring I had Jordan as a combo director at SDSU. He is very well informed and he has a good work ethic. My favorite thing about him is his ability to inspire hard work by communicating with us in a "real" manner. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Former Classmate Jordan is a talented musician, I started playing with Jordan in High School as part of our marching band and wind ensemble. He is a talented musician and I've had the pleasure of him vibrating my ear drums with his trombone. He has always been musically inclined and it's great to hear hes passing his knowledge on to others. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tbone scholar Great person who is easy to get along with. As long as I have known Jordan he has been a passionate musician and teacher. March 6, 2014