Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan G.

Richmond, VA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Jazz plus Rock and Church organ styles.

About Jonathan G.

Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Specializing in online lessons. 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

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

*** 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 to 8 years old. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.


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27 Reviews
Kwesi A.
Profile-location-online Online

Jonathan is very very patient and has all the skills to train everyone. I will recommend to everyone who needs to know, study and enjoy the excitement in playing piano, guitar and singing .

Posted Jan 24, 2021
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He has a good ear and can help quickly with transcriptions. More importantly, he also gave some practical advice.

Posted Mar 2, 2019
Ami K.
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My son enjoys his music lessons with Jonathan, who is infinitely patient teaching what can be a challenging instrument. My son responds well to Jonathan's instruction, and he appreciates having access to a professional performer as a teacher. Jonathan encourages my son to learn a variety of music, including both challenging classical pieces and more recognizable popular and jazz pieces, which helps to sustain his interest in the lessons.

Posted Mar 7, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

This instructor is very helpful when learning new concepts and adjusts his lessons to match your skill level.

Posted Nov 20, 2016
Don W.
Profile-location-online Online

Lesson 1 - we are off and running with both of us on the same page. I just need to do my part; practice.

Posted Sep 9, 2016

Need an accordion player for a party. Any suggestions or contacts.
Doing Oktoberfest theme. Great gig, pay is good.

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Jazmin I.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Jazmin loved her lesson with Jonathon, and I am so glad he recognizes her talent and can move her along at the appropriate speed.

Posted Jun 30, 2016
Eli C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great start. Enjoyed the first lesson.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Mar 18, 2016
Nick B.
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I like the way he walks around and expresses emotion in his music teaching.

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Mike Ellison
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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.

Posted Oct 22, 2015
Erica Hibbler
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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!

Posted Oct 1, 2015
Benjamin R.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Jonathan is a great teacher, and I would definitely recommend him!

Posted Sep 15, 2015
Todd T.
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Jonathan is very informative, I like the way he explains everything in detail. This is my first time singing and Jonathan makes me feel comfortable to sing out loud.

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Jeanie M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He is GREAT at making me understand theory, which I never have. He's also exciting and challenging in learning how to look at music and anticipate/understand where it's going versus my habit of only looking one note ahead at a time. I wish he was a little more interested in teaching classical music, but I also understand that the new stuff I am learning from him will greatly improve my playing of that.

Posted Dec 29, 2014
Roy S.

Jonathan has extraordinary knowledge of music and teaching technique. He has patience and understanding which is both helpful and encouraging. It is a pleasure and an honor working with him.

Posted Oct 2, 2014
Debra B.
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Jonathan has an exceptional background in music theory, which has been implemented well throughout my daughter's lessons. He is positive and encouraging as her vocal abilities rapidly expand. Jonathan has gone above and beyond measures I expected. He is an excellent vocal instructor!

Posted Jul 3, 2014
edgardo arias

very good

Teacher is very good.

Posted May 14, 2014
Annie Z.

Excellent tutor

Having Jonathan as my tutor has been very satisfying. He is a talented musician and an excellent teacher. He is skilled at patiently communicating difficult concepts to those new to music. He made me feel more confident about my strong points while gradually moving me out of my comfort zone. In this way, I learned a great deal more than expected. I left the sessions with a richer understanding and appreciation of chord progressions, tonality, interpretation. I would highly recommend Jonathan to anyone.

Posted May 1, 2014

Jazz Trumpet

Jonathan is a professional! He is very knowledgeable and provides great insight to helping me learn how to play Jazz.
He is always helpful should I need to analyze a chart for the church band, I play with.
Excellent Teacher!!

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan is in highest level of musicians. He has all the all the skillls at the highest level- rhythm, pitch, memory, technique, repertoire, knowledge, an amazing sight-reader and/or improviser, and two more qualities often not associated gifed artists- he is kind and humble. I would HIGHLY recomend him as a teacher of piano, trumpet, theory, ear-training, and composition. E.L.

Posted Mar 6, 2014


This instructor worked with my son on the piano. He made it "fun" for my child by working on music my son enjoyed. He flourished under the instructor's tutelage and loves playing the piano. He quit the lessons only because he wants to learn how to play guitar!

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Piano Lessons

My hasband and I are both near tone deaf, and we wanted our son to get music lessons. Jonathan has been working with our now 6yr old for the past 1 yr and the progress that he has made is unbelievable! He has tremendous amount of patience and can relate to a child as well as he can to the parents. Our son truly enjoys his lessons and I believe the caliber of the teacher has a lot to do with developing this interest.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

very good

Good knowledge about music and inspire student to learn.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

The Wonderful Music Teacher

My son started to learn piano when he was almost five. He also started to learn cello about 2 years ago. He was doing pretty well on both instruments. But, about year ago, he was getting frustrate when he was taking lesson. He didn't want to practice at home too. I thought he needed to have a higher lever guy teacher to guide him. Fortunately I found Mr. Greenberg. The first lesson was great! My son loved him, loved the way he teaches. Every week, he is more than happy to go to the lesson. Jonathan teaches him piano and cello. Every lesson is about 90 minutes, but my ten year old told me that he doesn't feel long at all. Mr. Greenberg is very talented on music, he plays a lot of different instruments, that's really inspiring my son. Less than a year he seems grow a lot on music.

I always believe that a good teacher can keep the student interested in learning. Mr. Greenberg is a wonderful music teacher for any one interested in learning music.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Diana D.

Jonathan is an excellent piano teacher

Jonathan has been teaching piano to my adolescent son for the past several years. He is highly knowledgeable about music as well as a talented musician; he brings much more to his lessons than the typical teacher. In addition, he always meets my son where he is in terms of interests, preferences and predilections - he has kept my son moving forward with his musical pursuits where others have failed! Lastly, he is a warm, kind person as well as flexible and understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!

Posted Dec 22, 2013
david W.

So glad to have Jonathan as my teacher

I am a busy professional in my 50s that wanted to learn how to play the electric bass. After searching the web for in home lessons I found Jonathan Greenberg.
Jonathan is an absolute professional with the ability to quickly connect with a student at their level. I have already learned an amazing amount in 4 weeks and have confidence that Jonathan will have me playing at a high level in a very short time period.
He gives me "homework" and he follows up to determine if I am staying with it.
A great mannerism and teaching style make Jonathan a teacher well worth asking for.


Posted Nov 22, 2013

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Jan 2000 - Present

Sound Entertainment Events

Talent Networking plus Publishing and Production Company.

Jan 2000 - Present

Sound Entertainment Events

Producing Recordings plus Managing Bands and Coaching Students


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



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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