Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan G.

Richmond, VA
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About

Jonathan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
December 1990

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
Synthesizers
French Horn
Trumpets

*** 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.

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Experience

President
Jan 2000 - Present
Sound Entertainment Events

Talent Networking plus Publishing and Production Company.

President
Jan 2000 - Present
Sound Entertainment Events

Producing Recordings plus Managing Bands and Coaching Students

Education

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

French
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts
Sep 2011
Richmond Magazine

Affiliations

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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Photos & 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.
Jon G. plays historic wedding ceremony music.
Cover art for my 2013 Grammy Award nominated recording

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Wedding in Atlanta, GA 12/9/12

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Hosting my Monthly Bogart's Jazz Showcase with Jazz Warriors

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Sound Check at the Greenbrier Resort (White Sulphur Springs)

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Fully Restored 1923 Steinway M Grand Piano

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Playing at Twins in Washington DC with the Lawrence Olds Quintet

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Playing Keyboard and Trumpet at "Taste of DC" on March 21st, 2015
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24 Reviews

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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

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
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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

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

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

I like the way he walks around and expresses emotion in his music teaching.

Mike Ellison Oct 22, 2015
Singing · In 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.

Erica Hibbler Oct 1, 2015
Singing · In 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!

Benjamin R. Sep 15, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

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

Todd T. Aug 6, 2015
Singing · In studio

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.

Jeanie M. Dec 29, 2014
Piano · In 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.

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Roy S. Oct 2, 2014
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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.

Debra B. Jul 3, 2014
Singing · In studio

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!

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edgardo arias May 14, 2014
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very good

Teacher is very good.

Annie Z. May 1, 2014
Singing ·

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.

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HowardF Mar 6, 2014
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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!!

EricL Mar 6, 2014
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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.

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KBarber Mar 6, 2014
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Awesome!

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!

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SoundaryaG Mar 6, 2014
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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.

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KwanY Mar 6, 2014
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very good

Good knowledge about music and inspire student to learn.

ChristinaZou Mar 6, 2014
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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.

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Diana D. Dec 22, 2013
Piano ·

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!

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david W. Nov 22, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

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.

Dave

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