Jordan Morita

Jordan M.

San Diego, CA

About Jordan M.

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Jordan teaches: Ages 8 and up
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 with sheet protectors, and any books they are interested in.

*** 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/availability and must be done within a week. For students on the Schedule As You Go plan, cancellations are not accepted - reschedules must be made within a week. Moving a lesson in order to roll the credit to the next scheduled slot is considered a cancellation.

If I cannot attend our scheduled time, I'll always offer to reschedule but in that case canceling and rolling the lesson over is always an option.

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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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57 Reviews on Jordan M.

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Christopher Feb 5, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Great instructor, been progressing quickly with Jordan's instruction. Very easy to jump in and learn the basics. Overall I am very happy with my lessons and what Jordan has taught me.
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Donald P. Feb 2, 2016
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Very good instructor. Very relaxed way of teaching. Learned to play a song during the first lesson.
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Benjamin Jan 19, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Jordan is obviously very proficient and experienced and gave me a lot of things to work on. He also brought a very positive and encouraging attitude which has helped to reinvigorate my commitment to working hard to improve
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Dave Salazar S. Jan 14, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher! Jordan is a real pro while making the lesson really fun and chill. Would definitely recommend him for others.
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Michele Jan 5, 2016
Harmonica · In studio
Jordan teaches one on one with ease and patience. I've repeatedly seen him calmly redirect my nine-year old son in numerous slips of attention during lessons. Excellent instructor!
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Rebecca J. Dec 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jordan teaches me and my son piano and taught my other son trumpet. He is absolutely terrific. Extremely patient, knows how to connect with kids, but also really works well with me too, and I studied lots of music theory in college. He obviously loves music and wants his students to share his passion. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Yonina K. Dec 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My children have had a wonderful experience taking saxophone and guitar lessons from Jordan. They love playing their instruments. I'm sure other students would enjoy this type of opportunity.
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Gavin Nov 24, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Jordan does a really good job... I would have preferred live lessons, but given location, we had to do online lessons. My son still finds them very helpful, which I think is impressive.

Sometimes I listen in on their session, and what I hear is an instructor who is patient and finds creative ways to teach.
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Mike A. Nov 22, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Jordan is the consummate professional. He is on time with a fine manner of teaching. He is patient and very knowledgeable as well as sensitive to the students needs and obstacles they may be facing. Highly recommended.
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Cleve Littlefield Oct 18, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Good first lesson.. good framework to get over my plateau and finally learn to play beyond the basics...