Jordan Morita

Jordan M.

46 Reviews
San Diego, CA

Average response time: 8 hours

About Jordan M.

Background check: Last verified 11/05/2014
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Jordan teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2003
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Overview

Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.

Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this that lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.

In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. This spring, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.

You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder or folder, and the texts from which they would like to study.

*** Specialties ***
I have an extensive background in jazz bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.

***Scheduling Policy*** One week notice for cancellations. 24 hours notice for reschedules. Reschedules are at teacher's discretion/availibility and must be done in the same week. For students scheduled for every other week (or any recurring schedule that is not weekly) and students on the Schedule As You Go plan, cancellations are not accepted - reschedules must be made in the same week.

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Jordan is a jack of all trades. Whether your are interested in guitar, trumpet, piano, ukelele or harmonica Jordan can help you reach your goals. Check out his full profile (or keep reading) for more information on Jordan- http://takelessons.com/profile/jordan-m Jordan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Miami at Coral Gables and has been an active performer and teacher in San Diego since 2007. I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play! Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style. You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

Education

Master of Music, Jazz Studies Aug 2011 - May 2013
San Diego State University
Music Education, Jazz Emphasis Aug 2003 - May 2007
University of Miami, Coral Gables

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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46 Reviews on Jordan M.

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Allyson M. Jul 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an adult with some music background. Jordan has been great, encouraging me in my progress and helping pay attention to the details of music. He's also guiding me in teaching my kids who are 5 and 7. They have some special needs. We tried having my boys take lessons from Jordan initially, they just weren't ready for formal instruction. Too many typical crazy kid behavior. So I am doing what I can at home and Jordan has given me great input to get them ready to eventually take lessons. I'm so impressed with Jordan. He has a great, positive, fun personality and he really knows is music!!
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Dirk C. Jul 14, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Jordan has a personable, fun style. He put me at ease in my first lesson. He found examples and imagery that helped me understand how to play and appreciate some technical musical concepts. Jordan helped me get off my musical plateau in one lesson.
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Tzahi S. Jun 11, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Jordan help to get important basics by giving various techniques for practicing. He keeps encouraging which keeps me motivated and enjoying the lessons.
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Leah Greenstein May 28, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
So much fun! Learning so much :)
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Moshe K. Apr 8, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan is a great teacher, patient and fun.
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Yosef K. Apr 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan is a great teacher!
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Giovanna B. Mar 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I haven't played piano since I was a kid and always wanted to return to it. Great to have a knowledgeable teacher that still makes it fun to learn. I booked him for the year. I would definitely recommend him.
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Danielle M. Jan 27, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Ian is enjoying the lessons so far! Thank you!
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Diane M. Jan 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan is a great teacher. He is patient but also catches my mistakes so I can fix them. I'm excited about getting better at piano.
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Kathy H. Jan 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wow. Just, wow. Take lessons from this guy. Seriously, he's awesome.