Jon Lumus

Jon L.

Beaverton, OR

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Introducing electric guitar: making chords, strumming and palm muting techniques and finger strengthening for the young rocker.
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Jon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2011

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

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/Guitar/Ukelele Teacher
Oct 2014 - Sep 2016
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.

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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Photo by Jon L.

Photo by Jon L.

Photo by Jon L.


10 Reviews

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Mac Nov 20, 2017
Violin · In studio

Had a great first lesson! Jon is kind, patient and very professional. Highly recommend!

Zachary F. Oct 12, 2017
Violin · In home

We had a bumpy start with Zachary's bus being very late, but Jon was very patient and they had a good lesson once Zack got home.

Torie Aug 24, 2017
Violin · In studio

Jon was patient and kind and Kitty was happy when she came out.

Jackie Jun 6, 2016
Violin · In home

Jon is a great instructor that has been working with my 14 year old son Logan. He already has Logan working on vibrato which Logan has been terrified to try. Logan becomes more confident in himself with each lesson. He is also great at keeping me informed of Logan's progress.

I have also brought my younger son Liam to a lesson. Loam is autistic. Jon was very understanding and patient with liam and has told me if Liam is ever interested in playing he would give him lessons. All in all I am very happy with Jon as a teacher and would reccomend him.

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Logan May 9, 2016
Violin · In studio

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

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!

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Emily S. Oct 4, 2014
Violin · In studio

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.

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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

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Tristan J. Aug 18, 2012
Violin ·

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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