Jon Swann Music Lessons

Jon Swann Music Lessons

5.0Exceptional(8 reviews)
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My service stands out because I recognize the individuality and unique interests of each student. We collaborate to find music that they are interested in, and I build a curriculum based on their passions and my expertise.

There are few things more rewarding than a student invested in their own learning. When first starting out, I focus on building rapport with my student. This looks like praise when they successfully execute an assignment, and focused reflection when the assignment is incomplete. I also spend time gauging exactly how many assignments to give, which depends on the amount of time we have together and how driven I sense they are. I'm careful to give only one or two things to focus on at a time - I don't want to overwhelm them with information!

What I love about what I do is working with each student to find their strength and passion, working through the challenges (because there are ALWAYS challenges), and helping them to become the musician they've always wanted to become.


Hired 10 times
1 employee
20 years in business
Serves Culver City , CA
Offers online services

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Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Ukulele, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    Catherine J.

    Very encouraging!
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    August 21, 2020
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    Abby Y.

    Jons love for educating new musicians creates an atmosphere of curiousity and progress. He is an equally skilled musician and educator. It is a pleasure to work with him.
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    April 06, 2020


    Judith E.

    Jonathan lets me set my own pace for learning. He understands my goals and doesnt pressure me to move too quickly, nor does he artificially hold me back when Im ready to move to a new concept or technique. He communicates extremely well, is flexible when schedules have to alter, and he is excited to learn new things just like I am. When I passed on a recommendation for a technique book with which he wasnt familiar, he perked up and bought it for himself so he and I could both learn from it. Im excited to keep working with him over the long term.
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    April 04, 2020
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    Judith E.

    April 02, 2020
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    David S.

    I took private lessons with Jon for almost two years in high school. He was always very knowledgeable and helpful, and was a major factor in my success those years in making All State and other Honor Bands. I only stopped taking lessons when I moved away for college, or else Id still be taking them now! He was always organized and easy to schedule with. Definitely my best experience with a Private Instructor to date!
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    February 26, 2020


    Chiara C.

    Jon has been teaching my son clarinet from the very beginning and its been great hearing the progress. He is patient and encouraging in his feedback, and is willing to work with whatever level of commitment (i.e. practice) he is given. I think its largely due to Jon that my son has stayed interested in playing.
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    February 26, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

    My goal with new students is to have a crystal clear idea of what their goals are. If I can help them achieve their goals, I let them know and we dive into working together!

    The first lesson is for me to assess where they are and where they want to go. As mentioned above, I combine my own expertise on the instruments with their goals, and we come up with a unique plan just for them.

    Performing Since 1996

    Teaching since 2004

    College of Wooster:
    Bachelors in Music Education
    Bachelors in Arts, Music Performance

    Masters in Music, Saxophone Performance




    I bill in monthly packages based on how many times we meet that month.

    I began teaching in college when the music school secretary, Donna, said a woman called looking for lessons and asked if I would be willing to teach privately. I jumped on the opportunity! In music, if you might be qualified, you ALWAYS take the gig. Little did I know that it would end up being a full time career!

    I enjoy teaching students of all ages. Some are younger students, in middle school or high school who are seeking lessons for band.

    Some are passionate amateurs who want to pick up a new hobby. I recently taught a former US Circuit Judge who wanted to learn flute (91 years old!).

    I also teach younger students who just can't wait to get started on an instrument. This is usually in the form of Ukulele or Recorder Lessons.

    Consider what your goals are. Be specific. Find a teacher who can help you with those goals.

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