About Jonathan G.
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, in violin performance. I received my D.M.A. at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I also taught violin in small groups and individual lessons at Baltimore Talent Education Center from 2010 until its closing in 2015. The students at BTEC ranged from pre- kindergarden through high school. I have also participated in some music festivals. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.
*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.
In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.
Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
Teaching since 2006
Doctor of Musical Arts in music performance from Catholic University of America
Very nice lesson.
I like it
Very patient and knowledgeable. I would use his services long term.
I recently start to learn Violin with Jonathan and learn a lot more than what I was expected! I was a little bit disappointed because I heard it's late to start violin in my age but since I start with Jonathan, he always been helpful and encourage me.
He's very knowledgeable and perfectly patient. He has the ability to listen and understand where I am in my learning curve and adjust his lessons to my skill level which I love about him.
Not only he knows his stuff and makes his teaching personal to your needs, but he also has a way to make you feel successful even when you are struggling. I always feel better about my playing when I leave his class.
What I like about his teaching style most; he hands you a key to learning more rapidly. I think this is the best kind of teach that you can find.
For these reasons I highly recommend him and I truly appreciate his time, patient, and knowledge.
I wish one day come to I play like him; clean, easy and professional :-) !
Jonathon is a very enthusiastic and professional teacher. My son has been learning from him for 6 months and we are very happy with the experience and progress. Highly recommended!
My son has been learning violin lessons from Jonathan since the summer of 2014 when he was 10. We are so fortunate to find Jonathan at takelessons.com and very happy and grateful to have him as a private tutor throughout the years. Jonathan is a brilliant musician and passionate violinist, very professional. He is really good at teaching, very patient and detailed. Whenever my son made a mistake, he would immediately point it out and show him the right way to do it and have him practice time and time again until he got it right. He would also write notes on my son’s music sheet to remind him things he needs to pay attention to during his practice at home. Jonathan also organizes recitals regularly for all his students to gather together and play in a concert like atmosphere and interact and learn from each other, which is really a wonderful experience. Jonathan can be reached easily by text message, email or phone and we have never run into any problem rescheduling a lesson or anything else. I highly recommend Jonathan for anyone who wants to learn violin or music in general.Show More
He going to be angry when you make a mistake and he is not patience. I don’t recommend him for beginners students or even advanced students. Even the price is kind of cheap but it wasn’t worth it.
I’ve been learning a lot!
It has been about 7 months since I started my lessons with Jonathan. He is reliable and hardworking. I love getting lessons from him and I am super happy that I was able to find Jonathan as my teacher! “You rock, Jonathan! Thank you!!”
In just three lessons I feel like I've improved so much!
I really enjoyed working with Jonathan. I came in green, and he was so patient. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
Very thorough! Loved my first lesson. Can't wait to continue my lessons with Jonathan! Thank you for your awesomeness!! :-)
Jonathan is the best violin teacher! My son had his first lesson today and he absolutely loved it. Very quickly Jonathan was able to find my son's strengths and the areas that he needs to work on. Not a minute was wasted during the lesson, at the same time he took his time to explain everything in detail. I can tell he can work with any level student. I liked his knowledge, passion, energy and positivity. If you are looking for a violin teacher for your child or yourself, do not hesitate to go with Jonathan!Show More
To follow up, Jonathan is not only a very talented musician; but also takes his time with my daughter to help her understand, comprehend, and improve. The evening after our first lesson with Jonathan, she asked if she could play more (more often and longer) in lieu of chores - WOW! Never thought I'd hear that from my daughter; but Jonathan made the session enjoyable and encouraging to her. THANK YOU!!Show More
Very good first lesson with Jonathan. He seems interested in helping, listening, and pushing my daughter, in a good way, to bringing out her best!
Teacher is very nice and patient.
At the conclusion of 5 lessons I learned and grew more than expected from Jonathan. After not having picked up a violin in over 20 years, I am very pleased with his teaching style and attention to proper technique, especially breaking bad playing habits I picked up in adolescence. I will be purchasing more lessons from him soon to continue to grow. I highly recommend him.Show More
Jonathan has been great with attention to teaching proper technique front the beginning before forming bad playing habits. In week 3 I have already felt an extreme difference. The lessons have been very straight foreword and not overwhelming at all. I look forward to learning to play the instrument well with good form.Show More
He is an excellent teacher, loved every bit of his class.
Johnthan was great with my daughter
I have been very impressed and satisfied with the quality of instruction that I have received from Jonathan. He is very knowledgeable and unbelievably patient and understanding .He is NEVER discouraging or negative in any way.
Very good with helping a beginner with positioning.
Jonathan is a great teacher and is very patient instructor.
My son has learned a lot from Jonathan, and we really appreciate him as a teacher. We have been taking lessons for some time, and will continue to do so!
Wonderful teacher! Jonathan has been a very patient instructor for my daughter and she is really enjoying learning the violin! I would recommend Jonathan to any parent of a kindergartner (or really of any age). Many thanks!!!
I really like Jonathan as my violin teacher. Very patient and I love his teaching style.
My son enjoys working with Jonathan. He feels he is being appropriately challenged, looks forward to his lessons.
Patient, encouraging, knowledgeable
He is a very good instructor. His ears some how manage to survive the treacherous hour of me trying to find notes without even a hint of suffering. Not only has he guided me on how to practice and improve, my violin was in terrible disarray. He has helped me identify what needed repair which has also helped in the quality of sound. The environment where he instructs is welcoming, tidy, and comfortable. He is fantastic in his abilities as a musician and a teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
encouraging, patient, enthusiastic
I am greatly pleased with the progress I have consistently made in playing the violin through Jonathanâs help. Jonathan has helped me to improve my bowing, string crossing, intonation, rhythm, musicality, and playing 3 octave scales, arpeggios, etudes, Suzuki selections, and classical orchestral music. It is always very clear what to work on during the week.
Jonathan was very focused an he immediately began showing me.tje basics of how to hold the violin and bow, and began the elementary
Lesson of the violin without wasting any time. I feel I will learn much from his teaching style
Maryland Performing Arts Institute- now merged with Ar-tist Music
Giving violin lessons to people on various levels, of various ages.
Catholic University of America