Study with Jonathan

Study with Jonathan

Rationale

In today's society, subjects such as math and the sciences are most heavily emphasised. While band programs put the instruments in a students hands, they do not always provide the opportunity for self expression or lasting success. This has often designated other areas of the educational experience to the back seat. This is especially true for the saxophone, for as Larry Teal put it, the saxophone is misunderstood as it is believed to be an easy instrument. In reality, it is an instrument that is very easy to play poorly. As a result, having a teacher to offer guidance can make a tremendous difference in ones enjoyment of the instrument.

Music in my mind is a lot like language. In order to truly understand it and become fluent, you have to immerse yourself in it. It requires dedication, time, and guidance. It necessitates perseverence to learn how to read music, play your instrument, as well as how to hear, create, or even explore the unique emotional imprint it leaves in its beholder. Music enables us to express ourselves in ways words often cannot. It exposes us to different cultures and teaches us a valuable lesson, that not everything in life is quantifiable. To further this point, having a music teacher isn't just having someone point out your mistakes and how to fix them, it's having a mentor who provides valuable one on one training and guides you through tasks and provides lessons that go beyond the page.

Benefits of Music Education

By playing a musical instrument, you are engaging virtually every part of the brain, while heavily stimulating the motor, visual, and auditory cortices. It has been found that musicians brains are strengthened, containing significantly higher amounts of gray matter due to the amount of connections created within. This allows the brain to transmit information faster and more efficiently. The student receives advantages in several other fields as it leads to faster problem-solving skills in academic, as well as social settings. This is also part of the reason why Musicians have been shown to have stronger memories, training their brains to hold onto memories and access them faster than most. Its emphasis on the refinement of fine motor skills also results in on musicians having to use both sides of their brain heavily, enhancing hand eye coordination, and training the ear to become more sensitive. Furthermore, it has also been found that musicians often have higher levels of executive function due to the need for musicians to understand the emotional content and message of the pieces they study.

Lessons

Jonathan teaches private lessons to students of all ages interested in Jazz and classical music. While he mainly teaches the saxophone, he also provides beginner flute and clarinet lessons, as well as lessons in jazz improvisation.

Music Theory & History

Jonathan provides tutoring in music history and theory whether it be preparing students for school tests, RCM exams, or University prep. While mentoring students in this medium, Jonathan also makes a point of going beyond historical fact and provides historical context, importance and relation to important events, and eras of the time periods.

Learn From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Sometimes scheduling is difficult, between work and school schedules it can put you in a pinch for time and can create difficulties trying to schedule other activities. It can also be difficult finding a suitable teacher in close proximity. Even then bad weather and traffic can make commutes miserable. On top of this, sometimes a new environemnt can be intimidating, this is why Jonathan offers lessons online through Skype so you can learn at home.

For a quote on lesson fees,  contact Jonathan. Fees vary based on the length of the lesson as well as lesson types; whether they are at his studio, at your house, over skype, or a clinic/masterclass.