Jonathan Smith

Jonathan S.

Winchester, VA

About Jonathan S.

Background check: Last verified 05/14/2016
Jonathan passed a background check on 05/14/2016 that included the following:
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • County/State Criminal Record Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search
  • SSN Trace & Verification
For more information, please click here.
Jonathan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2007
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

About

I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these well-rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 from the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels ranging from 4-part writing to post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2017/2018
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

While giving lessons:
I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp it's purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Foot stools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.

Photos and Videos

"Cindy" from 'Mountain Songs'

Experience

Music Instructor

Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
School

Private after school piano lessons for students K-8.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Aug 2013 - May 2014
University of Akron

Teach a guitar class and private lessons.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts

Aug 2014 - Present
Shenandoah University

Master of Music

Aug 2012 - May 2014
University of Akron

Bachelor of Music

Aug 2007 - May 2011
Stetson University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Temporary Teaching Certificate

Sep 2011
Florida Education

Awards

1st Prize

Jun 2014
Southern Guitar Festival

1st Prize

Mar 2014
James Stroud All-Ohio Classical Guitar Competition and Festival

Affiliations

Pi Kappa Lambda

Apr 2014
Pkllogo

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America

Mar 2008

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

Write a Review

5 Reviews on Jonathan S.

Silhouette-80
Gina A. Aug 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.
Silhouette-80
Shanna T. Jul 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.
Silhouette-80
Nan Z. Jun 29, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
Silhouette-80
Diane H. Sep 23, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is a very gifted musician and teacher. He worked very well with our shy teenage daughter teaching her the bass guitar. He is very passionate about his craft and committed to his work.
Silhouette-80
Carolyn W. May 13, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
level beg

I was satisfied with his lessons for my granddaughter