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Jon S.
Culver City, California
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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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Experience
College Instructor
Jul 2015 - May 2017
San Jacinto College
College Instructor
Aug 2009 - May 2012
New Mexico State University
Education
Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance
Aug 2008 - Dec 2010
New Mexico State University
BA Saxophone Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2007
The College of Wooster
BME in Music Education
Aug 2003 - May 2007
The College of Wooster
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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$51.7
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