Jon Swann

Jon S.

San Diego, CA

Lesson Details


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.
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Jon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I'm a professional performer, educator, and recording artist. I received my Masters in Music from New Mexico State University, and my BA and BMA 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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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

Photos & Videos

This is from an open mic night I did back in 2011 with my fellow saxophonist Esteban. I'm on the right playing bari.
Photo by Talya Arbisser

From a group guitar lesson I taught at a summer camp in 2013.
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6 Reviews

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Cassandra Jun 4, 2019
Clarinet · In home

Outstanding with a tween!!

Luke E. Apr 6, 2019
Ukulele · In home


Jeremey K. Jan 5, 2018
Saxophone · In home

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.

Lonny Blake Dec 31, 2017
Clarinet · In home

Not only to play better but to understand music theory.

Stephanie M. Oct 31, 2017
Saxophone ·

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!

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David Oct 30, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

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!

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