Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Los Angeles, CA

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Music Recording

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Jonathan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
April 2001

I am a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a in Piano and Composition, and have taught private piano and drum lessons for over 15 years. I have experience with children and adults of all ages. I've performed with many bands over the years (US and Europe) including Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Tim Booth, Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, The Detholz, and Paris Delane.

My approach to teaching is fun and varied according to students needs and personalities. I teach reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, song writing, performance, etc...and want to work with students on music that THEY want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha full sized digital piano
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Recording computer with Komplete 6, Ableton, etc.
Rode NT1 Condensor mic
Shure SM57's, Shure Beta 52
Bell set

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, it's important that students have the instrument(s) that we're working on; this could be a snare drum, an electric keyboard, piano, bass guitar and practice amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For young kids on piano, I've worked a lot with a couple of things, including James Bastien and Piano Adventures books, simple transcriptions of songs students know and want to play, simple ear training games, and things like 5 finger scales.

For older students, i get them into a more disciplined routine with exercises and theory, but also cater repertoire to their interests. My playing background is pretty broad, including classical (in the broad sense of the term) study and performance (recital and competition), and rock and roll, blues, jazz performance.

I get excited about teaching composition, songwriting, and any higher level theory.

Drummers get the rudiments, independence practice, style study, reading, transcription, etc. I do lots of hands only work, but incorporate full kit playing as early as possible knowing that for a kid (or adult for that matter), sitting behind a drumkit is a very exciting thing and you wanna play it all. As with piano, i do transcriptions of favorite songs/beats for students often. My background on drumset and percussion is broad as well, from orchestral to rock and metal to jazz and big band, etc.

in general, i like to know what music my students are into, and will try to include material in those realms in their studies.

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Bachelor of Music Composition
Sep 1997 - May 2001
Wheaton College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2003

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Composed by Jon Steinmeier in 2001 for his Senior Music Composition Recital.  

Performed by Jon Steinmeier and Hannah Warner.
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5 Reviews

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Suzanne E. Jan 21, 2014
Piano ·

A talented musician and teacher, who is genuinely responsive to his students' needs.

My son took piano lessons from Jon at a time when he wanted to experiment with different types of musical expression. Jon was extremely responsive to his needs, and worked with him on everything from improvisation, to jazz licks to a Brahms ballade. Jon understands that teaching music is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and draws on his wide range of musical experience to tailor a program that's right for your child. He is an extremely talented musician and a dedicated, caring teacher.

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Laura G. Jan 14, 2014
Drum ·

Jon is superb

My stepson took drum lessons with Jon for at least three years. I was impressed with my kid's progress on his drum set. Jon is so passionate about music, and I could see my son really connect to Jon easily. Jon was very available to discuss schedule changes and is a very nice down to earth guy. I highly recommend him.

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David Z. Jan 10, 2014
Piano ·

Amazing teacher and all around phenomenal artist!

I took lessons from Jon for over 8 years, twice a week, including Jazz/Blues piano, voice, theory, and even drums. Let me first say that Jon is an all-around amazing artist that can master many instrument or genre of music. Taking lessons with him was something I looked forward to every week. He was an expert in all things jazz and blues, and really explained the theory and techniques well. I learned so much from him over those years that I can never repay. Unfortunately, he moved away to Cali, and I have not yet found a replacement that even comes close. I highly recommend Jon for music lessons in any instrument.

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shawn H. Jan 5, 2014
Drum ·

Jon teaches how to play music, not just how to play an instrument.

As an experienced musician looking to gain proficiency on the drum set, Jon was a great teacher in that after he laid out the basics for me, we would finish most lessons with him on the piano and me applying what I'd learned by just playing music.

After a couple years of not playing the drums, I was able to review the materials he provided and pick up where I left off. I just played my first gig as a drummer and it went great! thanks jon...

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Tria S. Jan 3, 2014
Piano ·

Jonathan Steinmeier is a wonderful piano teacher.

Jonathan taught my son Owen piano for two years, and began to work with my daughter as a beginner.
He is a clear, gentle, and flexible teacher. He responds to the personality of each child. With my son he offered a lot of praise, and with my daughter he was very good at creating structure and "just right" challenges. It worked perfectly for us.
He was always on time, came to the house which was incredibly helpful, and created a clear list of what each of my children were to work on during the course of the week. Aside from all this, he is a talented professional musician playing with fantastic bands such as Mucca Pazza.

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