My name is Jonathan Fan and I live in Lawrenceville, GA. I am a graduate from University of Georgia, and have been playing cello since I was 11. I have performed in NYC a couple of times already (at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center), in Denver, CO, and currently perform at many weddings around Metro Atlanta. I was a member of most of the big name youth orchestras in high school, and have already been teaching local middle/high schoolers for the past 5 years as well. I hope to give you the best value in cello education for the money.
I charge $50 for the hour ($30 for 30 minutes, $40 for 45) and often go overtime without any extra charge (In the past, I have gone overtime anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour). Unlike some other teachers who stop the lesson right on the hour, I stop when I finish teaching the concept we are currently working on.
I am a big advocate of establishing a solid foundation in playing. Therefore, we will learn proper right and left hand technique and eliminate any tension that you may have, how to practice efficiently so that you can improve at a rapid pace, and how to overcome any performance anxiety you may encounter.
I teach using many analogies and also go into a lot of depth when explaining concepts so that you can not only understand what to do, but why we do it as well. If one explanation does not click with you, I will think of others to help you grasp the concept. I am also a very interactive teacher, so there may be times where I will phyically move your arm in order to introduce specific movement patterns and simulate weight distribution for your right and left hands.
If you have any questions or concerns, Please feel free to reach out to me by emailing me at [email protected] or by texting 404-988-6865. I have a tendency to ignore random numbers, so if you choose to call, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I love performing and the adrenaline rush I get on stage. It is an honor to perform in front of hundreds, if not thousands of people. The experience is one I believe everyone should experience at least once. Performing is also a great way to relieve stress and immerse yourself into a whole new world with a great imagination.
As a teacher, I enjoy seeing my students grow. There is a great sense of fufilment I get when I see them succeed.
Jonathan is such an inspiring teacher! Before taking lessons with him, I was struggling a lot with trying to get things perfect. It got to the point where I would practice nonstop, and getting almost nowhere with it. When I had my first lesson with Jonathan, he was so kind, optimistic, and was willing to help me in any shape or form. He would always show me a different perspective and made me see music in different ways and open myself up. Jonathan would always help fix my bow hold, bow placement, fingerings, technique, and countless of other aspects that helped me improve my confidence in playing. He would always point out what is wrong and gives me an easy fix. Interpretation is my favorite part of learning from Jonathan. Other teacher's I've had say music should be one way or the other, but Jonathan removes any boundaries about what is possible with music. He makes me feel like a musician, and not some student learning the cello.
I've had many cello teachers over a span of 7 years, but Jonathan stands out as someone who made a huge impact on how much I enjoyed playing the cello. — I came out of every lesson more inspired than ever; Jonathan focuses on not only technique, but also the emotions, mood, and imagery in different pieces. In the end, I think that's what music's all about, and what separates a good teacher from a great one.
I think Jonathan is a nice, patient teacher. Sometimes I think because the cello seems to come easy to him so that it's a little hard to explain just how to do certain skills, but he always finds a way to explain it in a relatable way in the end. Overall, Jonathan's a good teacher who has helped me go from a REALLY bad player to a relatively decent one. I feel like through lessons I have grown a lot more comfortable with the cello, and my technique, tone, and intonation have improved dramatically since I started.
I learned cello through private lessons under many musicians throughout the country. By the age of 17, I performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City. I have also performed at various venues in Denver, CO and Atlanta, GA.
$40/hour. (More if I need to travel to you: TBD)
I often go overtime on lessons, but you will only be charged for the amount of time you signed on with. For example, if you wanted 1 hour lessons, you will only be charged $40 even if I teach for 1 hour 15 minutes, or even 2 hours.
I started as a recommendation from some of my teachers. They said it is very beneficial and helps a lot in developing as a musician.
Elementary, Middle, High, and some College students as well.
Do not judge someone based on their degree. Just because someone graduated from college with a music degree does not mean anything (unless it was from a well known music conservatory such as Juilliard or Curtis). Look at their accomplishments and have a sample lesson if you are interested, then make a decision.
Just ask. The more questions, the better.