Jon Lumus

Jon L.

Beaverton, OR

About Jon L.

Background check: Last verified 01/07/2016
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Jon teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2011
Last sign in: 3 days ago


Out of all instruments, the sound of the violin is the closest to the human voice. Small wonder it is one of the oldest instruments still being played and it's tones can fit in to almost any style of music.

Learning the violin from me can include violin fundamentals such as bow use and finger placement, reading music notation, lead sheets, and playing by ear. All of these are skills that come into play at different times depending on what your goals are. A combination of these skills will give you a foundation of music knowledge that will serve you regardless of what style of music you want to play. Specific styles I've worked with are: Classical, Irish, Bluegrass, Rock and Symphonic Metal.

I tailor lessons to my students goals. I emphasize technique fundamentals, and help students apply the techniques they learn toward music they enjoy playing, or composing.

In addition to playing violin, I write and arrange music. My song "The Burning Plain" won a national award for songwriting. If writing songs is your goal I can help you apply music theory concepts is ways that will make your songs stand out.

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Violin Teacher

Mar 2015 - Present
Multnomah Arts Center

Violin/Guitar/Ukelele Teacher

Oct 2014 - Present
Youth Music Project

Teaching technique and modern as well as classic repertoire to kids in one-on-one and group setting. Instruments include violin, guitar, and ukelele.


Feb 2012 - Present

Teaching classical and folk standards, modern originals, and violin technique to support a variety of play styles. Progressive and holistic approach to violin playing with note reading and music theory taught alongside as they come up.

Violin Teacher

Apr 2014 - Jan 2016
Portland Youth Rock Orchestra

Violin Teacher

Mar 2014 - Oct 2015
Kennedy Violins


BA: English

Sep 1998 - May 2002
Skidmore College


Pediatric CPR/First Aid

Jun 2015
American Red Cross

First aid and CPR training for children and adults


Directors Award

Oct 2010
Paramount Song
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6 Reviews on Jon L.

Logan May 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome instructor, really know his stuff!
Jean Jun 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Jon is an excellent instructor who teaches music theory, technique in a fun way. He is very versatile in and knowledgeable about different music styles.
Cassey B. Jun 14, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jon is a great violin teacher! I wanted to pick the violin back up after nearly 20 years and he's helped me get back into the swing of things. He is enthusiastic and patient and keeps me motivated to practice. l feel I improve every week.

I highly recommend Jon to anyone who wants to get back into violin!
Emily S. Oct 4, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is a wonderful teacher! I have been playing violin all my life but never learned theory. I told Jon what I wanted to learn, and every week he has something prepared that helps me learn just what I want. He is patient and encouraging. When I bring something in that I want to work on, not on his lesson plan, we spend time on that too. I am very pleased with my lessons with Jon. And he's nice, fun, and friendly.
ilene S. Aug 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Jon is a wonderful violin teacher. As someone deep into my adulthood, who has wanted to take violin lessons my whole life, I finally embarked on this journey. I find Jon's style to be encouraging and supportive, while instructive and he clearly knows his stuff. Learning the violin is challenging and Jon makes it fun and breaks it down in a very accessible way.I have learned an enormous amount from him in a short time and have many "aha" moments as I learn to read the music and associate the sounds with the notes, which is something I did not know prior to my lessons with Jon.
If you are considering taking lessons with Jon, take the plunge. Believe me, you will benefit greatly from the experince.
Thank you Jon.
Ilene Starr
Tristan J. Aug 18, 2012
Verified Student
Awesome Instructor!

Jon is a pretty nice guy all the way around. He's patient, listens, and is able to explain music terms to me relating to the violin on a level I can understand. I have only had a few lessons with him, but already I have learned tons.

Go Jon!

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