Jon Swann

Jon S.

Culver City, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I work with the student to develop a curriculum based on their musical interests and my own teaching pedagogy. I strongly feel that for musicians to own their education, they must have a say in what they play. Assigning method books and mindless etudes to practice doesn't have nearly the same effect asking them "Ok, what kind of music do YOU like? What do you want to PLAY? What do you want to LEARN?".

I believe that students learn best when they are invested in a subject, and the best way to get them invested is to individually get to know each one, speak to them on their level, and get them playing music they're interested in.

About Jon S.

I'm a professional performer, educator, and recording artist. I received my Masters in Music from New Mexico State University, and my BA and BME from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Students can expect to improve their technique and performing repertoire within a matter of weeks. We will collaborate to find music that he or she is interested in, plus work on exercises that will build technique and sound quality. It doesn’t matter WHAT you’re playing, but HOW you play it.

I’ve been a musician for over 20 years and played in a wide variety of settings. In lessons, I’ll draw from that experience to help students achieve their musical goals.

As a performing artist, I’ve played in classic big bands, small jazz combos, and R&B style horn sections, just to name a few. I’m passionate about classical music, jazz, R&B, and funk, but good technique is good technique, and a proficient musician should and can jump from one style to another with ease.


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19 Reviews
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My experience with Jon is pleasant and effective. His knowledge and patience creates a fun atmosphere that is both challenging and inspiring. He clearly loves to teach and I am lucky to learn from him.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
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Jon was wonderful! He gave me some great tips and even provided some material in helping me build
My guitar skills. He was great at listening and giving me a well thought out answers to my questions. I highly recommend it this teacher!

Posted Mar 28, 2020
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Jon is great! Initially I was concerned he was using a lot of the time assessing, but his suggestions were SO pertinent that I now appreciate that he spent a lot of time upfront to know me, my goals and my current level. I can tell his advice will be fruitful!

Posted Mar 27, 2020
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Jon is a superb music teacher for adult beginners. He's very encouraging, patient, and knowledgeable. His big smile paired with his easy going personality is very inviting, and his ability to meet his student where they are and keep the lesson on track is where he shined in our session(s). By the end of our first session I had specific goals and recommendations on how to make progress for where I'm at it my practice. I'd highly recommend John to anyone looking to pick up music.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
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good first lesson. looking forward to more.

Posted Mar 4, 2020
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Excellent teacher and person.

Posted Feb 28, 2020
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Amazing teacher. Very gentle and kind.

Posted Feb 3, 2020
Sophia D.

A great start!

Posted Feb 2, 2020
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Jon was a great teacher for our teenager, helping him improve his reading while still leaving room open for self-expression and improvising with music that he likes. He is himself a really great musician, and a teacher that knows how to meet students where their interests are and help them learn.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
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John has been teaching my son clarinet from the very beginning and it's been great hearing the progress. He is patient and encouraging in his feedback, and is willing to work with whatever level of commitment (i.e. practice) he is given. I think it's largely due to Jon that my son has stayed interested in playing.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
Dwarka Chakravarty
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Jon is very kind and friendly. He is extremely innovative and tailors the lessons to the level/needs of the student. He's a stellar musician, but is very patient and encouraging in coaching to help the student improve. He is also flexible with rescheduling lessons when necessary. His move to LA is a big loss for us.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
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Jon was a wonderful teacher. He tailored my lessons to my personal goals and musical interests. He was flexible, and really supportive. He also gave me new insight into how I can develop as a musician.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
Donna K.
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Jon is helping me to relearn the clarinet after many (47!) years of not playing. I wish I had half the brain power I did back then. But he's very encouraging. My goal is to play with a concert band just a couple of months from now, so he's customizing my lessons to meet that goal. When I encounter challenges, he's very good at explaining ways to overcome those challenges. I really like working with Jon and feel lucky to have found such a good teacher.

Posted Nov 10, 2019
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Outstanding with a tween!!

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Luke E.
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Posted Apr 6, 2019
Jeremey K.
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Jeremy really enjoyed meeting Jon and taking first lesson from him because Jon was fun and relatable. He took time to explain and easy to understand. Looking forward to many more lessons from Jon.

Posted Jan 5, 2018
Lonny Blake
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Not only to play better but to understand music theory.

Posted Dec 31, 2017
Stephanie M.

Jon and I studied at New Mexico State University where we were in the same saxophone studio and eventually, the same quartet. Jon is creative and a very talented instrumentalist. He is great to work with, and his warm personality makes every encounter welcoming. His versatility and ability to perform many different styles is what makes him a cut above the rest. If you're interested in playing jazz, classical, pop, R&B or funk styles, Jon can help you achieve your goals!

Posted Oct 31, 2017
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I took Private lessons with Jon for almost two years in high school. He was always very knowledgeable and helpful, and was a major factor in my success those years in making All State and other Honor Bands. I only stopped taking lessons when I moved away for college, or else I'd still be taking them now! He was always organized and easy to schedule with. Definitely my best experience with a Private Instructor to date!

Posted Oct 30, 2017

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College Instructor
Jul 2015 - May 2017

San Jacinto College

College Instructor
Aug 2009 - May 2012

New Mexico State University


Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance
Aug 2008 - Dec 2010

New Mexico State University

BME in Music Education
Aug 2003 - May 2007

The College of Wooster

BA Saxophone Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2007

The College of Wooster



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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