Michael Jones

Michael J.

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Beginner, Intermediate
I love teaching. I go into every lesson with the belief that the student is there to learn; if they weren't interested in learning, they wouldn't be there. Because I have always had diverse musical interests, I create a stress-free atmosphere for my students by allowing them to pursue whatever avenues of music interest them. My degrees may be in Jazz Studies and Performance, but I have extensive experience with Classical and Popular music; I provide a unique perspective and enthusiasm to every student.

About Michael J.

I am a professional trumpet player, singer, arranger and educator based in Manayunk within Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born into a musical family in Peoria, IL, I began playing cello at thde age of two, but eventually was drawn to jazz trumpet and voice, while having a keen sense of music theory and piano. I studied music at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. While at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, I was awarded a FIPSE grant to travel to Brazil and study traditional samba music. While there, I worked as a clinician at Faculdade Cantareira in Brasilia. After CCM, I received my Masters in Jazz Studies from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Victor Goines (tenor saxophonist for Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Brad Mason (Current Musical Director for Blood, Sweat and Tears), during which, I was selected to perform as the “jazz trumpet” chair in part of Disney’s highly selective All American College Band.

After graduate school in Evanston, IL, I moved into the heart of the city of Chicago. For 3 years, I played trumpet and sang jazz standards most Thursday evenings at the famous Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, one of Chicago’s oldest jazz clubs. In addition to that, I helped start The Syndicate, my hip-hop brass band that offers a blend of funk, R&B and jazz. I also played with other groups such as Four Star Brass Band, and J-Livi and the Party, which released an album in July of 2016 called “Come and Share My Life," whom I still play with.

In addition to playing trumpet, I also am an accomplished classical singer, presently predominantly performing with the Crossing, a Grammy Nominated professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally. This 17-18 season, I'm singing with Conspirare, Apollo’s Fire, The Crossing, Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), Variant 6, Madison Choral Project, ekmeles (NYC), and Choral Arts Philadelphia. Recently, I made my debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Chris Deviney’s “Pat Metheney Concerto.”

I love teaching. I go into every lesson with the belief that the student is there to learn; if they weren't interested in learning, they wouldn't be there. Because I have always had diverse musical interests, I create a stress-free atmosphere for my students by allowing them to pursue whatever avenues of music interest them. My degrees may be in Jazz Studies and Performance, but I have extensive experience with Classical and Popular music; I provide a unique perspective and enthusiasm to every student.

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Rich
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Mike’s fantastic. He has all the qualities you want in an instructor: He meets you where you are, he both encourages and challenges you, and he makes himself accessible and available.

Posted May 15, 2019
Khalil D.
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He’s cool

Posted May 28, 2018
Kyle
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Mike is a kind, warm, knowledgeable teacher. His expertise in various vocal styles is what I love the most. He can comfortably teach and sing opera, musical theater, pop, and jazz. I love working with Mike!

Posted Nov 19, 2017
Patrick
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Mike is an incredible performer and a very thoughtful musician. I have performed with him several times and he always holds himself and others to a very high standard. I got better by singing with him! I know he takes teaching very seriously and I can say from personal experience that my musicianship improved just by being around him.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Josh

Mike is an extremely gifted musician and is extremely passionate about his many gifts. If you are looking to improve as a musician, Mike can help you get to where you want to go. As a trumpet player, he is fantastic and can assist any student improve in any number of ways.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Barbara
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Mike has an incredible depth of knowledge and experience across a wide variety of musical genres. What is perhaps more remarkable is the ease with which he is able to communicate his learning and how approachable he makes any topic seem, whether discussing the finer points of polyrhythms, tonal analysis, brass embouchure, or vocal pedagogy, to name a few.
Whether you've been looking to dig deep into your musical training or seek to brush up on a broader range of musical topics, I would highly recommend working with Mike. It will be time very well spent.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Josh

Excellent musician and exceedingly passionate. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to grow in any musical skill.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Bob
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I'm a juggling machine now. Best teacher ever.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Diane
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Michael is a caring and patient teacher. His enthusiasm for learning and helping others learn shows in his teaching. He is an experienced and versatile performer and uses these experiences to enhance his lessons.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Brian
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Wonderful Teacher and great musician!

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Eric
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Great musician. Quite knowledgeable on many musical subjects - I was very impressed. He's encouraging and supportive of beginner students. Fabulous with kids.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Joe
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Michael is very talented and engaging as teacher. He always seemed to have immediate and well-informed answers to my questions. During our sessions, he provided a wide range of tips, tricks, and techniques to help me progress to reach my goals as a singer. He's very easy to get along with and incredibly helpful.

I would rate six stars if I could.

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Katy
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Mike is a GREAT teacher!! He is so knowledgeable in a variety of genres: jazz, classical, pop, etc. I needed help with my improvisation and he provided a safe and encouraging atmosphere while also giving me a ton of useful information. He's a huge nerd (in the best way) and makes a subject like music theory very fun and approachable. He's also just a super fun person, friendly person. He will encourage you while also pushing you to do your best. He explains things in a very clear way, and is very patient. I HIGHLY recommend him for anything - trumpet, voice, theory & arranging, improv, etc. Excellent teacher.

Posted Nov 10, 2017
AJ
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Michael is super receptive to what students need to work on, tackling it at the source. He incorporates a lot of vocal exercises too, which are very helpful. All in all, wonderful musician and instructor.

Posted Nov 8, 2017

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Experience

Tenor
Feb 2018 - Present

Conspirare

Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences and world-class recordings under the incomparable direction of Craig Hella Johnson. A repertoire as diverse as our talent showcases our artists’ rigorous classical training while expressing the voices of distinctive composers from Bach to Barber, Handel to Kyr, Lassus to Lang. Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic.

Tenor
Sep 2015 - Present

The Crossing Choir

New music choir based in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. You can see more here:

Trumpet player for "A Christmas Story" National Broadway Tour
Nov 2016 - Jan 2017

Big League

Touring 50+ shows of "A Christmas Story" National Broadway Tour. It gave a whole new meaning to the word "consistency" in trying to show that I was doing things the same way for every show.

Education

Jazz Studies (Trumpet)
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014

Northwestern Bienen School of Music

Jazz Studies (Trumpet)
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Languages

Portuguese

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Honors on Class Juries
May 2009

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Jun 2014
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Mar 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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