Jayna Jones

Jayna J.

Mesa, AZ

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About

Jayna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 60 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2009

I have performed my whole life! I started with choir in Elementary School, and was in choir all throughout Middle School and High School. My show choir was featured on the pilot episode on Glee! I graduated from college with a degree in Classical vocal performance, and am classically trained. I love Musical Theatre, and a good Mariah Carey song, on any given day!

In college I had extensive theory training and took over 40 units of just Music theory including, ear training, and counterpoint.

I have performed in 3 operas, and I think that performance is very important in all aspects of life! In fact, anyone who is apart of my studio will have the opportunity to take part in a recital opportunity, at a professional hall, twice a year. This is not mandatory, but is a huge perk, and great incentive!

I took piano for 10 years, and believe that piano is the foundation for any sort of musical training.
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I have been teaching for about 8-9 years and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! I can't imagine doing anything else.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always bring necessary materials to our first lesson. From there, I will assess where the student is at, and prescribe the proper methodology. I have an excellent selection of vocal books, and am willing to suggest other books that might be suitable.

I use 2 different methods for teaching piano. The Alfred Series or the Faber and Faber series. I will asses which will be necessary to for the student after our first lesson.

I am not a strict teacher, but I am not laid back either. I expect all of my students to practice at least 4-5 times a week. However, I do understand when unexpected life circumstances come up, and time does not permit one to practice.

For my piano students, after 3 months, you can expect to be reading music on the staff, and after 6 months, with practice you can expect to be playing music off the staff with hands together hopefully in the second level. :)

For vocal students, after 3-6 months, my students will have developed a healthier, better technique to singing. Hopefully we will have 3-5 songs in the students repertoire list, and he/she will gain a sense of confidence when singing out loud or in front of an audience.

Guitar students can expect to learn how to play their favorite pop song within 3 months.

ASL students will be able to participate in deaf conversation within 6-9 months. However, by the end of the first 3 months, students will be able to finger spell their names, as well as various greetings to introduce themselves, and start conversations with deaf people.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano at my home, as well as a plethora of vocal and piano repertoire.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Necessary supplementary curriculum for students to learn. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard, ready to use for weekly lessons.

***Strength***
Keeping the lesson grounded, focused, with a clear objective, all while being fun, and engaging.

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Experience

Choral Director
Jul 2016 - Present
Desert Ridge Jr. High School

I teach choir for 7th and 8th grade students!!

K-8 Music Teacher
Jul 2015 - May 2016
Avalon Elementary

K-3 Teacher
Sep 2013 - Dec 2014
Dunsmore Elementary

I worked with classroom teachers to provide music education that integrated with set curriculum. We would sing songs pertaining to holidays, as well as learn rhythms, and basic skills of sight reading.

Piano and Voice Teacher
Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Millan Music

I taught students from 4-50 the basics of piano and vocal techniques depending on what each student wanted to receive out of each lesson. I was in charge of scheduling all my students and making sure they paid on time, and practiced the curriculum every week.

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Piano and Voice Teacher
Sep 2012 - Oct 2013
California Music Academy

o Teaching music in a studio setting
o Abiding by a set, suggested curriculum
o Organizing personal schedule of students
o Calling and responding to parents
o Adjusting teaching techniques to fit the needs of all students

Education

Vocal Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Vanguard University

Languages

American Sign Language
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Education Teaching Credential
May 2015
California State University Northridge

I have recently graduated with a teaching credential in CA, which is valid in 46 other states to teach music to any grade level of students.

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25 Reviews

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Liliana P. Feb 24, 2017
Guitar · In studio

My Son enjoys taking guitar lessons with Jayna. He always looks forward to class.

Abdul Feb 22, 2017
Singing · In studio

Jayna is a surprisingly patient teacher, an extremely talented singer, and a very pleasant person. Her energy and enthusiasm made me look forward to our lessons every weekend. She was welling to work with me on my goals, encouraged me when I was showing improvement, and occasionally scolded me for slacking. Although initially I wasn't sure about my decision in taking singing lessons, I'm glad I went ahead with it because Jayna proved to be a fantastic teacher!!!

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Jennifer Nov 1, 2016
Piano · In studio

My 8 year old daughter takes piano lessons from Jayna and she absolutely loves it! Jayna is super patient and kind and always provides positive feedback and encouragement. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in taking lessons!

Rochelle G. Oct 30, 2016
Guitar · In home

Our daughter is 6 and has really enjoyed learning to play guitar. The instruction is great and easy to follow even from home with homework. We've really been pleased with her teaching.

Cory Oct 30, 2016
Piano · In home

Our daughter is learning so much and she looks forward to every lesson with Jayna.

jeff Oct 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

Jayna does a great job with my daughter, her student. She is patient and makes sure she understands the lesson before moving on. Having never had piano lessons before, my daughter is just learning and loving going to lessons.

Griffin Oct 12, 2016
Piano · In studio

Jayna has been absolutely wonderful thus far! I really didn't know what to expect going into these lessons, but her young-self is full of life. She is very skilled and highly knowledgeable in musicality. Thirty minutes is plenty of time for the content we go over, but would love to stay and talk music even longer if I could. She is as relatable and personable as anyone. Jayna has a good way of making the lessons fun, while maintaining stern-enough attitude to keep you focused and on-track. I really couldn't enjoy my time more with and look forward to many months of lessons ahead.

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Cole M. Oct 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

Jayna is a fantastic teacher.

Tien N. Oct 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

My 4-year-old daughter loves taking lessons with Jayna. She has learned so much over 2 months. Jayna's lessons are always fun and productive. We will stay with Jayna as long as we stay in AZ.

Teresa Aug 24, 2016
Piano · In studio

She is awesome! Explains things so well and is very patient and encouraging.
Can't wait for my next lesson.

Simi /. Aug 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

We REALLY enjoy working with Jayna for my son's (6) piano lessons and my daughter's (4) singing lessons. We have had 3 weekly lessons so far and my kids really look forward to the lesson and are happy to do the practices at home.

Miss Jayna is very good with kids, she breaks things down for them in easily understand ways, she is encouraging while still holding them to a standard.

I wanted to teach more of the technical method for piano and signing and she was fully able to incorporate my wants (and instruction book) with no difficulty into her lessons. My kids are really moving fast in their education!

We drive nearly 45 miles to Miss Jayna and it's worth every minute.

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Edwin wold Aug 16, 2016
Piano · In home

Jayna is a great teacher! She is upbeat and teaches in a way that is very easily understandable. Especially for someone coming into it so late in age. She does a great job!

Debanhi C. Aug 8, 2016
Piano · In studio

I took my 9 year daughter for her first lesson and I was just amazed!! Jayna is just great, she is very friendly, very knowledgeable, even fun, my daughter just liked her so much, we will be coming back for several lesson!!

Karis Jul 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Jayna is very easy to work with and does a great job helping my daughter feel comfortable and in improving my daughter's skills. I'd highly recommend her!

Karis Jun 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

Jayna is an entertaining teacher! She makes corrections without sounding condescending or making you feel uncomfortable. If something isn't working, she comes up with fun ways to fix it.

Jennifer Jun 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

My 16-year-old daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons with Jayna!

Goetz Neumann Jun 16, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home

Our son is really happy and our daughter is enthusiastic. She prepared both for a Musical audition and it helped in so many ways. Now they continue with singing and piano lessons. Thrilled to see what the future brings.

Michelle Jun 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My daughter loved her guitar lessons. I was amazed how much she learned! I am a certified teacher and was very impressed with the patience and teaching techniques used in lessons. Jayna is caring, which I loved, and fun, which my daughter loved! I highly recommend her, you will not be disappointed!

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Rosa Jun 14, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Mrs Jones is a wonderful teacher. She is here everyday teaching our children. As a teacher myself I know her to display a clear understanding of the field and has effective classroom management. I also brought my two children to her to teach them piano. They both enjoyed the lessons and were sad when she had to leave.
She was an asset to our school and would be anywhere she decided to go..

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Sasha R. Jun 4, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter really loved her first lesson and is excited about Jeyna.

Ellina C. Jun 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Jayna teaches guitar lessons to my 10 year old granddaughter, she makes the lessons very enjoyable and challenging. She has wonderful patience so that the student does not feel overwhelmed while learning and allows for the student to accelerate at the pace in which they are learning. Great one on one relationship.
She keeps the lessons focused with good positive energy. We are only at our 5th lesson but glad we chose Jayna..

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Jeff Nichols Apr 20, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very patient and provides easy to understand pointers

Richard Williams Nov 9, 2015
Piano · In home

Fun, friendly, educational. Gave me good recommendations for out of class resources as well.

Deb H. Oct 18, 2015
Piano · In home

Jayna has been coming to our home to teach piano to our 10yo daughter. Our daughter had taken lessons for several years previously but needed a break last year. When she wanted to start up again, we found Jayna, who helped to really re-motivate our daughter's interest in piano. She is very understanding that our daughter is on the shyer side, so she is very supportive and encouraging to her, but she also challenges her. She has continued focus on theory from where our daughter was previously, but also has brought in some new techniques to help with her playing. I think it helps that Jayna is also a music teacher in a school, so she can work with students where they are. She would be excellent working with beginning to advanced students, as well as nervous/shy kids to outgoing ones. (Our daughter really likes that she can have some choice in music she learns!)

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Michael W. Jul 19, 2015
Piano · In home

Jayna taught piano to our 9yo son for two years, and I can say without equivocation, she is fantastic. Her skillset and lesson planning are great. She was punctual always. But the key quality that put her above all the other private teachers we've had (tennis, violin, piano, Japanese), is her rapport with kids. She is firm and maintains the focus of the lesson (not easy with young boys especially!), while still keeping it fun. Our son made great progress with Jayna and we are SO disappointed she moved out of state!!

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