Jonathan Bojan
State College, PA
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Jonathan Bojan

Jonathan B.

State College, PA
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Violin was my first instrument, and it served as the foundation for everything else I did in music. Playing the violin teaches a high degree of musical sensitivity and I'm always excited to cultivate these qualities in any student that wants to learn. When I teach violin, I try to tailor to the needs of the student while teaching...

-Good intonation, which is one of the fundamental challenges of the instrument
-Playing by ear, an especially important skill for an instrument that can be used in almost every type of music on the planet
-Vocal phrasing, which is learning to use all the parts of the instrument to make it "sing."

About Jonathan B.

I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!

I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the Blues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.

Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here.
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-acoustic-guitar-like-john-mayer-z01

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Erika
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Jonathan is incredibly skilled, a great teacher, fun, and very patient with our gregarious and somewhat distracted 9-year old boy. He has creative, tailored teaching techniques, will try new things, but also keeps our son motivated and progressing. He responds perfectly and patiently to my son when he veers off task, and gets him back on task. We are absolutely thrilled and couldn't have found a better teacher.

Posted May 21, 2020
Jackie G.
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My son has special needs related to an anoxic brain injury. This can create frustration with simple things like learning a new chord that feels funny or is difficult to move your fingers to. He always checks in with us to see what concerns we have and then, helps us by offering suggestions on how to make something easier or less frustrating to learn. I think Jonathan does a good job of meeting us where we are. Jonathan is patient with both of us. Today, he talked to my son about practicing communicating so we can understand how to help him learn. He talked to me about it being ok to break away from the timing and to hit chords at the same time as my son so the song can come together.

Posted May 1, 2020
Jackie G.
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Jonathan is flexible and easy to work with. My son has some struggles as a result of an anoxic brain injury. Jonathan is very understanding and patient with my son. He has also helped me with advice and suggestions on how to work with my son. We love the spirit of the ukulele and the good vibes it has.

Posted Apr 11, 2020
Elise R.
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Jonathan is a true pro— So knowledgeable, responsive, passionate about music and creativity. His approach is kind and patient while still holding high expectations and helping our daughter realize she can do more than she thought. He has introduced us to many simple but effective learning strategies that we hadn’t heard of before. I am so grateful we found him. Highly recommend!!!

Posted Apr 4, 2020
Jackie G.
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Jonathan is very personable and we had fun.

Posted Mar 15, 2020
Doug
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Really enjoying learning basic guitar skills.

Posted Mar 2, 2020
Ernest P.
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Jonathan has been wonderful with our 10 year old son. He has him excited about learning!

Posted Jan 31, 2020
Sofia

Jonathan was great with my daughter. He was very patient and he provided a lot of quality instruction.

Posted Jan 31, 2020
Reagan
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He took the time to start at my daughter’s level but also to push her to improve as well! He gave good constructive criticism and homework for her to improve faster!

Posted Dec 12, 2019
Glenn

Jonathan is great. Very professional and able to work with students of all levels. Focused but flexible. Highly recommended.

Posted Nov 17, 2019
Joanna K.
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Jonathan cares deeply about his craft. He has taught me how to be a better guitarist. I also have observed him teach many students, including some with disabilities. He tailors his teaching to the student he is working with, and he makes music fun!

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Finn M.
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Jonathan really inspires my son. His teaching is both deeply thoughtful and impulsively fun.

Posted Oct 16, 2019
Glenn
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Very patient but also good at pushing the boundaries

Posted Aug 29, 2019
Jett O.
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Our son just finished his first lesson with Jonathan and he is all smiles.

Posted Jan 31, 2019
Rachel
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Jonathan has been terrific as a violin instructor for my 8 year old son.

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Lily F.
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Jonathan is knowledgeable and patient. I am very pleased

Posted Oct 2, 2018
James
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Jonathan does everything right. A good guy with a clear passion for what he does.

Posted Jul 13, 2018
Patricia
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Jonathan has been a great teacher and excellent influence for Noah. During lessons, and in his practice during the week, Noah is being drawn in by both the challenges and rewards of learning to love and play the violin.

Posted Apr 20, 2018
Kuby H.
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Great lesson today! Johnathon is really good with young kids. We started with learning structured notes, and then he let my son improvise. It was magical. I'm happy to see how Johnathon makes the lesson interaction so much fun!

Posted Aug 12, 2017
Anne
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Posted Jul 22, 2017
Jennifer
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My son responded very well to his techniques and his teaching ability speaks for itself.

Posted Mar 24, 2016
Luting L.
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Never really took a singing lesson with a professional teacher, Taking lesson with Jonathan makes me feel more enthusiastic and inspired to really improve my singing skills

Posted Oct 8, 2015
Sean
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Jonathan is younger than I expected, but his knowledge of and passion for music is undeniable. I would venture a guess that he's a musical genius. He has a phenomenal voice that he's obviously spent a lot of time developing. More importantly, he has classical voice training and knows how to teach effective techniques. Before I took lessons with him, I didn't realize that I'm perfectly capable of hitting a high C because I didn't know how to sing properly. Jonathan was a great help and I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Caleb R.
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This is my first experience with a vocal instructor for my child. My child is Autistic and loves to sing. Jonathan was eager and encouraging to him. Jonathan offered suggestions with great practical applications, like "yawn like a bear waking up from hibernation" to demonstrate proper breathing!

Posted Apr 2, 2015
charles D.
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I took guitar lessons from Jon a few months ago.
the lessons were the best investment I ever made.
they were transformative.
they took me to the next level.
and there is just no comparison to the level I was at previously.
I grew in super fantastic ways.
lessons with Jon helped me to become a better guitarist and singer.
but, also a better musician. I learned a ton about how to be the best musician that I can be from him.
the guitar techniques that I wanted to learn from him, are challenging.
at the beginning, some of it was impossible.
he encouraged me. told me I could do it.
showed me a ton of super cool techniques.
told me stuff about how to use my mental powers (stuff like about HOW we learn).
he knows a lot about learning.
and he's super generous in teaching it.
I highly recommend for everyone to take lessons from Jon.

Posted Jan 29, 2015
Darren L.
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The thing I really like about Jon's teaching is that he is able to take a complex idea or technique and teach it in its most basic and simplest form. He taught me a lot about guitar improvisation and broke it down into fundamental licks or core phrases that could be used and applied to many different areas of the guitar. In addition, he's a super down to earth dude and anyone who is interested in the guitar or music in general should consider taking lessons from him.

Posted Jan 29, 2015

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Experience

Private Teacher
Aug 2010 - Present

Home Studio

One of the first things I did when I got out of school was to start a private teaching studio. I've taught in my home, in the homes of my students, practices rooms on college campuses, reverberant stairwells, via Skype connections, and a lot of other environments that have enhanced my understand of how people learn. Teaching independently has led me into contact with students who can't find a teacher for what they want to learn. A lot of my students are interested in unconventional styles and I've immensely enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to do the things they want to do. It's been one of the most edifying aspects of my career, and it encourages me to stay grounded in the classical training that keeps my technique in good shape for new and exciting challenges.

Private Teacher
Sep 2011 - May 2012

The Academy In Manayunk

Before I moved away from Philadelphia I was privileged to teach at this school for kids with special learning needs. I was able to apply my own experience with learning differences and my education in music therapy to develop unique teaching approaches for these kids, and I learned more than a few things about working with families to build a community that supports music learning.

Education

Music Theory
Aug 2006 - May 2010

Temple University

High School Diploma
Aug 2002 - May 2006

State College Area High School

Languages

German

Professional Proficiency

Awards

CARAS Grant
May 2009

Temple University Research Administration

Diamond Undergraduate Research Scholarship
May 2009

Temple University; Vice Provost Office of Undergraduate Research

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