Well, first of all, WELCOME! I've served as a singer, player, writer, and/or music director for three critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands, recorded a half dozen albums, and even racked up some fancy awards along the way. But the accomplishment I hold most dear lies in having had the pleasure of teaching harmony to musicians of all levels for over 35 years.
At the internationally renowned program The School for Music Vocations, I taught Jazz Piano, Jazz Voice, Vocal Arranging, Music Theory, Ear Training, Choral Conducting, Music Fundamentals, and also served as director of Vocal Jazz and Chamber Ensembles. Whatever it is you seek to learn about music, I feel confident I can assist you.
I love helping people realize their dreams.
Jason Smith is a master teacher. The nuts and bolts of harmony and jazz piano that were so elusive to me became clear as day. Work with Jason, put in your time, and you will get there!
Jason is one of the finest educators, arrangers, and overall musicians in the game.
Jason is one of the brightest lights in the vocal jazz harmony universe!
Jason is as serious as a heart attack about his art. I highly recommend working with him if you get the chance.
I take students of any/all experience levels. Although I'm primarily considered a jazz instructor, I also teach classical and pop/commercial music. I teach via Skype and limit my student base to just 12 students in order to maintain a customized approach. My typical process for new students is to figure out which of the three learning "portals" offer optimal growth. The three learning "portals" that a student learns through are the eyes, the ears, and the hands (visual, aural, and tactile). EYES: Seeing the keyboard as though there are a million notes without seeing shapes and patterns can be problematic. I guide students through this quite swiftly. HANDS: Does the student have 5 thumbs on each hand and need some rudimentary work there? I've got exercises for that. EAR: Clunking around, playing solely by ear can be problematic. This must stop.
Zeroing in on these three learning portals is paramount when I'm working with a new student. And, of course, making sure they aren't feeling overwhelmed. Music lessons should be joyful; something that is looked forward to. My lessons are well structured and always coupled with humor and joy!
B.A. in Vocal Performance from Gonzaga University. But I didn't learn much about music there. The bulk of my learning came underground, learning from the iconic jazz pianist/arranger- Phil Mattson. I've been teaching music for over 35 years now.
It depends on what the student decides to take and how long the lessons are. All of the details are listed on the page marked "ENROLL" on my website: www.jasonsjazzstudio.com.
It was 1983, and there was a need for someone to jump in and begin teaching a Music Fundamentals class at a local college. I was asked to do so and never looked back.
Many music educators and industry professionals. Mostly adults, but I do teach high school kids, too. I've recently begun teaching grade school children and am enjoying it immensely. My students are from all walks of life, really. You can get a good feel for this by visiting the "Testimonials" page on my website: www.jasonsjazzstudio.com
My daughter became a board certified music therapist after completing her Masters degree!
Is the teacher dispensing instruction to you in a "one-size-fits-all" manner? Your learning proclivities are as unique as your fingerprint and your lesson plans should be tailored accordingly. I pride myself on doing just that.
Am I serious about creating art at a high level?
Am I willing to treat my practice time as sacred? (even if it's only one 20 minute "power session" per day)
Am I willing to pay my dues at the piano in order to become a well rounded musician?