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Jonny Smith2020-10-23T15:51:09-04:00

B.Mus (Mt. A)
M.Mus (UofT)
DMA (UofT) in-progress

Jonny Smith is an experienced teacher with a passion for education. He holds both a Master of Music degree (2012) and a Bachelor of Music (2010), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. He also works as a performer, teacher, and clinician in Toronto. Jonny is a creative and encouraging teacher who tailors lessons to the student’s specific needs. He is excited to help students of all ages and abilities to attain their musical goals while developing a deeper understanding and appreciation for all kinds of music.

Jonny has studied many diverse styles of music (Classical, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin American music, Brazilian Samba and West African drumming) and is able to teach many different percussion instruments (marimba/xylophone, snare drum, drum-set, timpani, and auxiliary percussion). Jonny has had students accepted to post-secondary music programs at prestigious institutions such as the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School.

Jonny has experience teaching music in a variety of capacities. In addition to teaching private lessons, he has given clinics to high school and junior high percussion students in schools around the GTA and at music camps. Jonny also coaches the percussion ensemble and contemporary music ensemble at the University of Toronto.

Jonny is a versatile performer, well-versed in both classical and contemporary music. He has performs regularly with a variety of orchestras, bands, and other ensembles. He is a co-founder and active member of two Toronto-based ensembles: Taktus, a marimba duo, and Spectrum Percussion Quartet. He also is the drummer for the alternative/indie band Barbarosa. He brings the value of real-world experience as well as the love of music to each lesson that he teaches.

Get to know Jonny…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Playing tennis and reading (history and classical literature)

Musical influences: Beverly Johnston, Russell Hartenberger, Michel Deschenes

Favourite food: Tacos

Least favourite food: Scallops

Favourite music: Glenn Gould, Ann Southam, Steve Reich, John Cage

Favourite song: Barrett’s Privateers – it reminds me of where I grew up.

Favourite movie: Memento

Favouirite movie music: Shutter Island Soundtrack

Best quote from your teacher: Subdivide and Conquer

Favourite quote: “The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.” – W. Somerset Maugham

Favourite book: Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August

Best thing about teaching at ABC: The students!

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Assignments for the Week of Sept 22-28

Hi everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice #7-12 on the “Lessons 6” page and begin working on the beginning of “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin.

How to practice it most effectively: With the half-measure patterns in Lesson 6, focus on keeping a steady pulse on the hi-hat while you play the bass/snare rhythm. Avoid adding extra notes on the hi-hat or changing the pulse in any way. Aim to play each pattern at least four times in a row without stopping before moving on to the next one. For “Black Dog,” listen to the song and see if you can play along with the opening section.

Nate

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the half-measure patterns from “Lesson 5” and begin working on the flam/bass pattern that I showed you: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the half-measure patterns in Lesson 5, focus on keeping a steady pulse on the hi-hat while you play the bass/snare rhythm. Avoid adding extra notes on the hi-hat or changing the pulse in any way. Aim to play each pattern at least four times in a row without stopping before moving on to the next one. For the flam/bass pattern, play this sequence four times in a row: flam (on the snare), bass, hi-hat, bass. Try it slowly first, then gradually speed it up. See how fast you can go without making a mistake.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice #13-16 from your Stick Control book and the whole first page of Arabella

How to practice it most effectively: Keep working on the stick control exercises the same way that you have been. Remember to try them at different speeds. Try to push yourself to go faster than you think you can. With Arabella, focus on the fills from the end of the first page. Remember that when you have six notes with a “6” written above them, it means that those six notes have to fit within the space of two eighth notes (or two hi-hat pulses). Practice playing this slowly and then gradually speed it up.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice #13-16 from Lesson 5 and work on the Intro, Verse, and Chorus from “Say It Ain’t So.”

How to practice it most effectively: With the beats in Lesson 5, focus on keeping a steady pulse on the hi-hat while you play the bass/snare rhythm. Avoid adding extra notes on the hi-hat or changing the pulse in any way. Aim to play each pattern at least four times in a row without stopping before moving on to the next one. For “Say It Ain’t So,” practice playing all the way through the Intro and Verse, and then all the way through the Chorus. If this feels comfortable, then try playing all of it together.

Caroline

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing the rhythms from the first page in your binder as drum fills with a drum beat.

How to practice it most effectively: First practice playing the rhythms around the drums in different ways. Be creative and try to come up with different ways to play each rhythm around the drums. After that, practice playing each rhythm as a fill together with a drum beat: play the beat once followed by the fill once, then play the beat three times followed by the fill once. Finally, add in the crash at the beginning of the beat after each fill.

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