Jonathan Graber
Seattle, WA
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Jonathan Graber

Jonathan G.

Seattle, WA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have two degrees in Viola Performance. I have taught students at all levels for over twenty years. I have played as a substitute musician with the Seattle Symphony.

About Jonathan G.

I have over thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish - as a Fulbright scholar.

I have had the privilege of teaching with since 2012.


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6 Reviews
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Working with Johnathan has been a joy.

It was my purpose setting out to study music in general, not just to study an instrument but to use the instrument as a means of approaching music in the abstract. I set out to study music’s mechanics and theoretical foundations.

Jonathan is very knowledgeable and very meticulous. He has a precise and analytical sort of mind, and very strong foundations in his classical training.

To have a wealth of knowledge in one's subject is not enough, one also has to know how to teach (which is a whole skillset of its own). It is clear Jonathan is an experienced teacher. I have never felt rushed with Jonathan, he is very generous with his time. He provides ample resources for study outside of our sessions, and is quick to respond to emails. He has lent me books, sent me links to videos, and provided me with plenty of homework.

Jonathan has also been very accommodating in allowing me to have some authority in planning lessons and exploring my own interests. Particularly I wanted to study modal music and found a folk song in the Locrian Mode. We took a break from the Suzuki work we had been doing and he helped me transcribe the song and practice.

I could not recommend Jonathan enough, I am switching focus from violin to piano for the time being and will be employing him as my piano tutor, and I’m very much considering taking spanish lessons under his tutelage as well.

Posted Oct 8, 2021
Ian S.
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Ian Really enjoyed his lesson. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and helped Ian with his basic skills and gave him great pointers. He also gave him an outline and daily practice requirements.

Posted Mar 8, 2018
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Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.

Posted Jul 14, 2017
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Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Mar 4, 2017
Chad T.
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Jonathan has a demonstrable amount of knowledge about the violin including different playing styles, music theory, and its practical application. His approach is incremental and measured that adapts to my specific strengths and weaknesses intermixed with an appropriate amount of patience. He is also very personable. I always look forward to our lessons together.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Ted H.
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Being that this is based only on my first lesson, I am very impressed with Jonathan's approach and feel confident he will do an excellent job of teaching me the violin. So based on my impression I would recommend you consider Jonathan for a teacher.

Posted Jun 2, 2015

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Ph.D., Music
Sep 1989 - Jun 1995

University of Washington (Seattle)

M.M. Viola Performance
Aug 1987 - May 1989

New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA)

A.B., Music
Aug 1982 - May 1986

Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA)



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