Jason Leonard

Jason L.

South Windsor, CT

About Jason L.

Jason teaches: Ages 7 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: Last week


I provide private music lessons for guitar, bass, saxophone, music theory and songwriting. I have been teaching for over seven years. I combine my passion for teaching and music business expertise to help students achieve their goals. There are many lesson options available including at my studio in Bristol CT, online or at your location. I work with all of my students and parents to create customized teaching plans based on students learning styles, interests and goals. I am available to students outside of lesson time 7 days a week. I provide performance, writing, purchase and music recommendations and take an active interest in each of my students learning. Lesson times are exactly as stated. I allow extra time in between students so as to ensure no overlaps and everyone gets their allotted time.

I try to develop versatility and well rounded musicians no matter the skill or age level. Each student attends lessons for different reasons.Students are encouraged to explore all genres of music and I believe in exposing them to a wide variety of styles and methods. I also encourage students, if interested to write original material. There are no restrictions when it comes to music and I incorporate both old school and contemporary methods into my teaching. Students will learn first hand how what they are learning applies to the real world, including song performance from their favorite artists. I strongly encourage all students to develop an individual personal sense of style when it comes to music performance.

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Jan 2007 - Present
Jason L.

It’s obvious when spending time with Jason L. that music is his life. He’s adopted “Music Is Life Is Music” (catch phrase for the 53rd Grammy Awards) as his own personal motto. His studio, where he spends most of his time writing, is a converted bedroom where he lives. Lining the walls are shelves of CD’s, while boxes of cassette tapes, 8-tracks and stacks of vinyl are strewn everywhere. It has the feel of walking into a radio station. Despite everything, the road hasn't been an easy one by any stretch of the imagination.
His current project, an LP titled Long Road to Ruin, tells the story of a seven-year dysfunctional relationship and the struggle with personal demons. It is the culmination of writing sessions with local poet and playwright Leon Lombardi. “We have a good partnership because we are on the same page, yet each of us still brings his own story to the table,” notes Leon. LRTR is a complete record much like those of the `70s. To appreciate that, you have to listen to the entire album – there are no singles, a departure from current trends in the music industry. “There’s an honesty to this record, I’m opening myself up for the world to see,” Jason says. Some have referred to it as taking a ride down “disaster avenue.” Whatever it is, you will certainly find a mix of musical influences here. “Dirty Love,” a funky-pop groove, explores the darker side of relationships. “Bang Bang Boom Boom” throbs with a bluesy infectious rhythm that contemplates life: “When you've got nothing left to lose, you've got to choose.” Then, in an attempt at dealing with ongoing troubles, the folk-pop ballad “Pour Me Something Stronger” observes, “A little bit of quicker wine, a little bit of dirty shine.”
Jason L. grew up in “The Valley” of Connecticut. In elementary school he started out on the recorder, tried clarinet and eventually fell in love with the saxophone. Jason played with the jazz, concert and marching bands all through high school and performed at Lincoln Center for playwright Arthur Miller’s 80th birthday celebration. As a teenager, he heard a friend’s recording of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” and immediately picked up a guitar. He started listening to artists such as Prince, Queen, and Pink Floyd. Each of these artists explored the boundaries of music by writing in different genres while staying true to themselves as artists. This had a major influence on Jason’s writing. After honing his chops on guitar, Jason co-founded the group Prezens and performed regularly at clubs and colleges throughout the tri-state area including gigs at the legendary CBGB’s. The band released one album, Relative Humility, during his tenure.
After he relocated to Delaware, Jason’s life and career would veer off in new directions. He began teaching private music lessons and signed up for a music business class at indie label Realize Records. On completing the course he was hired by the label, Unicity Productions and the Unicity Festival. The next few years of his life would be the craziest. Though his personal life was falling apart, his career was showing some promise. Jason persevered, learning as much as he could about the business and seemed a perfect fit. In doing so, he recognized a gap between the creative and business sides of the industry. As Realize Records CEO Michel Grey states “Jason had this natural understanding of the business that made him easy to work with; it was much easier talking with him about the direction of the label and its artists than with anyone else.“ As artists such as Paul Lewis and John McManus would discover, Jason had similar instincts on the creative side as well. He helped John hash out songs in what would eventually become his debut album on the label, 613. And, he selected the single “In A Day” from Paul Lewis’ Bag of Rain that charted on the Billboard 200, receiving an album credit (A&R Rep) for his work.
Jason is a passionate artist and has performed nearly 1,000 shows. He is a member of The Recording Academy (NARAS) and is currently available for consultations. He is also now accepting students in guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, songwriting and music theory, specializing in rock, blues, pop, folk, metal and country. Long Road to Ruin will be Jason’s first recording of exclusively his own material. And, he also has a book of poetry, In Shadows, set for release in August. This is the first hint of the many things to come, so join us for the journey. You won’t want to miss what’s coming next.


A.A. Liberal Arts

Sep 1997 - May 1998
Post University

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency



May 2009
Realize Records

Graduate of Music Business Program


National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The

Aug 2012

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

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3 Reviews on Jason L.

Bob B. Dec 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
great teacher! !
Mason M. Sep 1, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mason enjoyed Jason first visit, hoping 2nd one Mason will open up more so that Jason can play a song or two with him.
Elisa F. Oct 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Performance anxiety has always prevented me from following through with lessons. Jason has been very patient and encouraging and I have been able to break through to a new level in just a few weeks. The pace he has set for me is perfect-challenging without being overwhelming.
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