Jordan Morita

Jordan M.

San Diego, CA

About Jordan M.

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Jordan teaches: Ages 8 and up
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Teaching since: July 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Experienced teacher and professional musician...
-Over 6,000 lessons taught to over 300 students.
-Over five years of teaching experience in classroom settings: K-5 general music, middle and high school band, under graduate music history, directing college music ensembles
-Performed with:
Great Good Fine Ok, 10,000 Maniacs, The Mighty Untouchables, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, and many more.
-Students have included: ages 5-95+, beginners with no experience, undergraduate music majors, scholarship award winners, members of the San Diego Youth Symphony program, many locals in San Diego, and many online students from around the world :)

My mission is to provide a positive musical experience for all students. For some this includes rigorous preparation for an audition of some kind, for others it may be an introduction to music fundamentals to foster better listening skills and greater artistic appreciation. All students will be challenged to improve their listening, timing, and technique. All students will learn to play songs that they love.

Recommendations for best results: make a three-month commitment to weekly lessons, and work up to 30 minutes of daily practice. This formula guarantees results. Bring your instrument, music books, and a binder with sheet protectors ☺

*Scheduling policy: to avoid being charged for a missed lesson - One week notice to cancel, skip, or "roll over" a lesson. 24 hours notice to reschedule, within a week of the original time, based on availability.

Good Luck!

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. In 2013, 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 you 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, salsa 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.

PLEASE READ:
***Scheduling Policy***
-To avoid being charged - One week notice for cancellations. 24 hours notice for reschedule.

Photos and Videos

I had the pleasure of working on this Prince tribute with The Might Untouchables ...

Experience

Private Music Instructor
Jun 2003 - Present
Self Employed

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2011 - May 2013
San Diego State University

Lectured History of Pop Music, directed jazz combos, assisted the director of jazz studies.

Music Teacher
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Cherokee Elementary

K-5 general music, taught singing, rhythm, music fundamentals, directed the christmas pageant.

Music Teacher
Mar 2007 - May 2007
Cypress Elementary, Miami Florida

K-5 general music instructor

Assistant Band Director
Jan 2007 - Mar 2007
Hialeah Miami-Lakes Senior High School

Directed Beginning Bands, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Bands.

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

Awards

2013 Award for Outstanding Graduate Student - Music -
May 2013
San Diego State University School of Music and Dance Faculty

71 Reviews on Jordan M.

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Leneah Jun 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio Jordan is the best! I've learned so much!
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Doniphan S. Dec 7, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio I personally did better than I expected, all due to Jordan's excellent method of teaching. A very pleasant experience.
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Doniphan S. Dec 7, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio I personally did better than I expected, all due to Jordan's excellent method of teaching. A very pleasant experience.
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Gregory Oct 3, 2016
· Trombone · In studio Jordan is great. He fixed up my kiddo's school trombone, and taught him the basics of how to use it. We look forward to more lessons with him.
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Rodrigo P. Sep 23, 2016
· Harmonica · Online Good lesson. easy going person, with patience to teach.
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John Aug 11, 2016
· Harmonica · Online Friendly, positive and knowledgable instructor.
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Adam H. Jul 31, 2016
· Piano · In studio Jordan was enthusiastic, able to really engage with our nine year old and struck a great balance of encouraging the fun while explaining why it needs to be complemented with focus, patience and effort
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Kieko P. Jul 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Jordan exceeded our expectations. He is fluid, thorough and makes the material easy and fun based on my son's age level. Thanks
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Laura W. Jul 5, 2016
· Trombone · Online Really fun, energetic young guy who has kept my 12 year old interested in playing his trombone.
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Abby May 25, 2016
· Ukulele · Online My daughter is really picky about teachers of this nature but she really liked Jordan and his style. She states, "He really knows what he's doing and is really nice."
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