Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan G.

Richmond, VA

About Jonathan G.

Jonathan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: December 1990
Last sign in: Last week


Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Jazz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.

I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understanding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.

I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Grand Piano,
Electric Piano
Electric Bass
French Horn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 and older. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.

Photos and Videos

Cabaret Stylist Becky Livas performed this song at my Jazz Showcase on 6/9/2013. After she sings a chorus, I take a trumpet solo that highlights the art of improvisation plus the incorporation of spontaneous quotes such as Stompin' at the Savoy, Woody Woodpecker, Star Eyes, 52nd Street Theme and Confirmation.



Jan 2000 - Present
Sound Entertainment Events

Producing Recordings plus Managing Bands and Coaching Students


Jan 2000 - Present
Sound Entertainment Events

Talent Networking plus Publishing and Production Company.


First Year of Music Masters Degree in Composition

Sep 1985 - Jun 1986
Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance plus a minor in Jazz Studies

Sep 1982 - Jun 1985
Virginia Commonwealth University

Mass Media Communications

Sep 1979 - Jun 1980
Norfolk State University

Music Performance

Sep 1978 - Jun 1979
Old Dominion University

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts

Sep 2011
Richmond Magazine


American Federation of Musicians

Jan 1978

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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24 Reviews on Jonathan G.

Shiloh Nov 20, 2016
Piano · Online
This instructor is very helpful when learning new concepts and adjusts his lessons to match your skill level.
Don W. Sep 9, 2016
Organ · Online
Verified Student
Lesson 1 - we are off and running with both of us on the same page. I just need to do my part; practice.
Jim Aug 31, 2016
Need an accordion player for a party. Any suggestions or contacts.
Doing Oktoberfest theme. Great gig, pay is good.
Jazmin I. Jun 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jazmin loved her lesson with Jonathon, and I am so glad he recognizes her talent and can move her along at the appropriate speed.
Eli C. Jun 24, 2016
French Horn · In home
Verified Student
Great start. Enjoyed the first lesson.
Steve Mar 18, 2016
Songwriting · In studio
Jonathan is an excellent teacher and very enjoyable to be with. The environment is positive, instructional and after a few lessons has been rewarding and productive. I look forward to continuing weekly songwriting sessions in his comfortable home.
Nick B. Feb 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I like the way he walks around and expresses emotion in his music teaching.
Mike Ellison Oct 22, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is a top notch, well rounded professional musician who is able to use his years of experience to quickly hone in on a students needs so that he can help guide them to the next level.
Erica Hibbler Oct 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jonathan is a great teacher! He is very knowledgeable and had taught me more than I ever expected to learn in such a short time. It is such an honor to learn from him!
Benjamin R. Sep 15, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Jonathan is a great teacher, and I would definitely recommend him!
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