Jonathan Todd

Jonathan T.

Charlotte, NC
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Fiddle Lessons

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Do you want to learn how to play old time and bluegrass? Let me help you find your voice on the fiddle and get you started on a lifetime of enjoyment!

About Jonathan T.

Jonathan Todd has been performing and teaching in the Charlotte area and CMS Schools since 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Emory and Henry College and then went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with a concentration in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Mr. Todd has performed in many ensembles throughout his career including the New River Brass Quintet, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other ensembles throughout college and graduate school. He has traveled to Austria and Germany to perform with various groups as well as across the United States at national and international level competitions and conferences.

He currently serves as the Director of Strings at Crestdale Middle School, as well as teaching private lessons in brass instruments and stringed instruments and has multiple students that have placed highly in the various honors music groups in the Charlotte area.

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Reviews (30)

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Tina S. Jan 9, 2020
Trumpet · Online

My son really enjoyed his trumpet lessons w/Jonathan T. I really liked that Jonathan took the time to update me on each lesson progress. Seems he really cares about his students. I highly recommend him.

Dana Jones Dec 15, 2019
Trombone · Online

Norka R. Jul 26, 2019
Violin · In studio

Jonathan is an amazing teacher. He is teaching both of my kids, one is learning guitar and the other one Violin. He adapts his teaching method to the way that he knows will work with each one of them. They have learned so much, and we enjoy our time in the studio. He is a great musician.

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Robin Mar 19, 2019
Violin · Online

Daria Nov 25, 2018
Violin · In studio

Jonathan is a great teacher! I had my very first violin lesson with him, and he made me feel like I can actually learn how to play this instrument.

Robin Jun 12, 2018
Violin · Online

best teacher ever

Landon Apr 11, 2018
Violin · Online

Intuitive, kind, and talented instructor. We are happy to have him

Robin Apr 10, 2018
Violin · Online


Julia Mar 9, 2018
Mandolin · Online

Great first lesson!

Robin Mar 6, 2018
Violin · Online

Margaret L. Feb 9, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I really enjoyed the lessons. He understood my goals and got me working in that direction immediately.

Gary II F. Aug 27, 2017
Trombone · Online

Gary had his first lesson and got over the jitters of being "the first time" as well as the app which made us nervous "Yes dad especially!" being I was used to old fashion face to face lessons back in the dinasour era.

Thanks Jonathan for the great lesson and introduction to this program.

I look forward to more future lessons.


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Shadia Allen Mar 6, 2017
Violin ·

Jonathan is an excellent instructor. My lessons were scheduled in the evenings and he accommodated my busy work schedule. He presented the lessons clearly; he adapted my lesson to my learning style and never forced me into just 1 style of learning. He also gave me a lesson manual and discussed alternative ways of practicing at home. Joanathan is extremely knowledgeable, I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn violin.

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Rin D. Feb 4, 2017
Cello · In home

Jonathan is very professional, courteous, polite, encouraging, accommodating, and flexible. A passionate and well qualified string mucisian and teacher. I would recommend him to anyone of all ages.

Lisa Oct 27, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

JT makes learning fun and is very knowledgeable in many areas of music!

Joseph Y. Oct 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Fantastic teacher!!!

Bekah S. Oct 7, 2016
Tuba · Online

Jonathan is a fantastic teacher! My son has learned a ton and loves lessons. My son's band teacher is very impressed with the progress he is making and the quality of instruction he is receiving. Jonathan provides excellent instruction and great follow up with lessons. We are thrilled to have him as our teacher!

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Synjin Oct 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I am 8 years old. I like Jonathan because he is patient with me and really helping me to be a better guitarist.

Bob Oct 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Jonathan is very good at pushing me into areas that I'm not comfortable with. This has helped my overall playing. I'm still taking lessons and learning more each week.

Daniel W. Oct 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Jonathon has been teaching my son for over a year and has done a fantastic job. He has been great in his ability to adjust and customize each week. My son looks forward to his lesson each week!

Aliyah Y. Sep 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Jonathan is fantastic with the kids - they came out excited to learn their instrument! He is using techniques that are more fun than what they previously had in lessons with other teachers. He recognizes the need to make it fun and current while learning at the same time. This makes the kids want to keep going and makes their instrument/music relevant to them. He is very knowledgeable and professional. We are thrilled to have him as our instructor!

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Spencer Sep 15, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

Jonathan is a very patient and talented instructor, with a really broad depth of knowledge.

Shontell Jul 19, 2016
Cello · In studio

Jonathan teaches my daughter and she has enjoyed her first set of lessons from him so far. She is in orchestra at her Middle School so the summer lessons have helped her improve her technique and when I listen to her practice I have noticed improvement in the sound. Scheduling was easy and he is flexible. It has been a great experience thus far.

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Aaron Winter Jun 27, 2016
Bass Guitar ·

Great teacher. Focuses on key topics that make you better. Syllabus is personally geared so you can move forward. Looking forward to more lessons!

Abby Jun 16, 2016
Violin · In studio

Jonathan was very personable, patient & knowledgable. My daughter enjoyed her lesson and as soon as she got home started practicing.

Rachel Lovell Jun 8, 2016
Bass Guitar ·

Johnathan I'd an excellent teacher! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I highly suggest him to anyone looking for a bass teacher!

Jon Apr 27, 2016
Cello · In studio

It's great to find a local cello teacher for my son. Easy to schedule, easy to work with!

Will Stranathan Mar 3, 2016
Bass Guitar ·

I've only had a couple of lessons so far, but am very, very pleased. Instead of being the next guy to show up, and Jonathan trying to remember who I am and what I'm here for, Jonathan actually spent time through the week looking for resources that would help me and what I want to accomplish. While I spend 30 minutes a week in the actual lesson, and I spend some time throughout the week practicing, Jonathan is actually investing time for the lesson outside of the lesson, and that's really important to me.

Jonathan has a very diverse background, and experience with lots and lots of instruments and musical styles, which all help in the lessons - strategies from concert bass that electric bass players can incorporate, chord inversions common to classical music which can help "pop" type progressions to move forward better, and places where it's appropriate to play funk or Latin styles in straight-ahead folk sorts of tunes. I highly recommend Jonathan, even if just to sit and talk about music for a couple of hours.

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Shannon Dec 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I was horrible and he waa very patient and detailed during our lessons. I am making great strides rapidly thanks to him!

Shannon Dec 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I was horrible and he waa very patient and detailed during our lessons. I am making great strides rapidly thanks to him!


Director of Strings
Aug 2016 - Present

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

I teach orchestral instruments and guitar to students in the 6th through 8th grades at Crestdale Middle School

Director of Strings
Aug 2012 - May 2019

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

I taught orchestral string instruments and guitar to the 6th through 8th grade students at Albemarle Road Middle School.

Private Lessons Instructor
Sep 2015 - Jul 2016

Lake Norman Performing Arts

Taught music lessons on many different instruments: brass, strings, percussion, etc.

Private Lessons Instructor
Aug 2014 - May 2015

Sam Ash

Taught Private lessons on string and brass instruments.


Masters of Music Peformance, Music Theory, Composition
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Bachelors in Music Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2009

Emory and Henry College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


North Carolina Teaching License, K-12 Music
May 2012



Nominated for Teacher of the Year
Jan 2016

Albemarle Road Middle School


National Association for Music Education
Aug 2012
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.
American String Teachers Association
Aug 2012
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Jan 2009
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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