Jordan Morita

Jordan M.

40 Reviews
San Diego, CA

About Jordan M.

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Jordan teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2003
Last sign in: 2 days ago
Average response time: 8 hours

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 (at teacher's discretion/availibility). 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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40 Reviews on Jordan M.

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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.
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Ian H. Jan 16, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
I studied under Jordan when he was a TA at SDSU. He was laid back, easy to get along with, and always helpful when I had questions for him.
Since then, I've had the pleasure of performing in SDSU ensembles with Jordan. I mean it when I say it: Jordan is not only one of the best music teachers in San Diego, but he is also one of the best trombone players I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
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Hailey B. Dec 22, 2014
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Love these lessons with Jordan! They're fun, informative, and low-key. The Skype lessons are a great learning environment, and I'm still challenged and learning a ton from Jordan.
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Chike O. Dec 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan was an awesome piano teacher, really focusing on what I was interested in and structuring a lesson around that. He also gave me materials to use at home and helped me create a practice structure that would be beneficial to my growth. Great teacher!
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Adrián T. Dec 1, 2014
Jordan, his performance experience gives him outstanding credentials with students who can admire and learn from a great player and outstanding person.
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douglas C. Nov 14, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
My son has been going to Jordan now for well over a year and has advanced so much with his instruction. Jordan is a kind and patient teacher who has a vast knowledge in many different instruments and I highly recommend him to all students and parents who want to improve there understanding and play of music.
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Rodney G. Nov 12, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Both my boys took lessons with Jordan over the summer (sax and trumpet) and they loved it! They both talked about him all week leading up to the next lesson and what they were going to learn next. So far they have both flourished in their band classes this school year! I can't say enough, he's a great teacher!