Jonathan Smith
Sarasota, FL
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Jonathan Smith

Jonathan S.

Sarasota, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I address the proper technique of rasgueado strumming and the material to practice it with.

About Jonathan S.


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.

Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2019
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 its purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

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:

Music stands
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
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.


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6 Reviews
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Jonathan is truly outstanding. I was fortunate enough to meet him and begin working on guitar again with him in person when he lived in Virginia. He was so helpful I have continued lessons online and I continue to feel the quality and what I'm getting out of the lessons is as good as when we were able to be in the same room. The best thing I can probably say is that I have really enjoyed learning from such an accomplished musician while never feeling intimidated or thinking, "he must think I really stink at this!" He's very supportive and will make you a better player...whatever that means to you.

Posted Aug 23, 2019
Gina A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.

Posted Aug 7, 2015
Shanna T.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.

Posted Jul 3, 2015
Nan Z.
Profile-location-online Online

My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Diane H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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.

Posted Sep 23, 2014
Carolyn W.

level beg

I was satisfied with his lessons for my granddaughter

Posted May 13, 2014

Photos & Videos

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Instructor of Guitar
Oct 2018 - Present

Sarasota Music Conservatory

Instructor of guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar and music theory.

Music Instructor
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015


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.


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Temporary Teaching Certificate
Sep 2011

Florida Education


1st Prize
Jun 2014

Southern Guitar Festival

1st Prize
Mar 2014

James Stroud All-Ohio Classical Guitar Competition and Festival


Pi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2014
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."

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