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

Project Description

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 Dec. 10-16

Hi everyone,

With the transition to ZOOM video lessons, I am no longer able to write down notes and musical material in the students’ books/binders. Instead, I have created PDF documents for each of you and dropped them into a Google Drive folder. The link to your documents is listed in the What to practice heading under your name below. You should be able to access the documents simply by clicking on the link. Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice all the way up to Chorus 2 of “Good Times Bad Times”: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz

How to practice it most effectively: Practice each section individually and then work on putting them together. Focus on the transitions and playing through each on with a steady pulse. Take it slowly at first to make sure that you can get through the transitions without pausing or hesitating. Spend some time listening to the song so that you can hear it clearly in your head while you’re playing.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review all of the 16th-note beats and also try playing beat #1 along with “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc

How to practice it most effectively: Try to go through each beat between 4-8 times in a row without stopping. With the easier beats, see how much you can push the speed while still maintaining a steady pulse. With beat #1, you can try playing it along with the song “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. It is easy to hear the 16th notes on the hi-hat in this song, so try to match what you hear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUwEIt9ez7M

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first three lines of “Drum Corps on Parade” as well as your rudiments: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi

How to practice it most effectively: With the snare solo, work on playing through the first three lines without stopping or hesitating. Do this many times at a slow speed before you try to go faster. Also, pay close attention to the placement of the accents within the rhythm. For the rudiments, focus on the double stroke rolls, paradiddles, flams, and flamacues.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review all of the 16th-note beats and also try playing beat #1 along with “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Try to go through each beat between 4-8 times in a row without stopping. With the easier beats, see how much you can push the speed while still maintaining a steady pulse. With beat #1, you can try playing it along with the song “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. It is easy to hear the 16th notes on the hi-hat in this song, so try to match what you hear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUwEIt9ez7M

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the three main beats from “Gotta Jibboo” by Phish as well as the one from “First Tube”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UJYz7hx_AeAM7Std0aj1Y1IyVd-8f86S?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Try to play each of the beats from “Gotta Jibboo” together with the song. Pay close attention to the rhythm of the bass drum. Make sure that it matches the rhythm of the bass guitar. Also, listen for where fills and crashes are added. In “First Tube,” practice the beat slowly before trying to put it together with the recording. Focus on playing the ghost notes very softly by keeping your stick low to the drum.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review all the beats and fills from “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s

How to practice it most effectively: You have done a great job with this song! Keep working on the fills, particularly the long one on the second page. Remember that the crashes on the top line match the rhythm of the melody in this section of the song. Listen to the song to remind yourself how it goes. Practice playing all the fills together with the beat and try playing it together with the recording. In the new year, we will start something new.

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Assignments for the Week of Dec. 12-18

Director’s Note – Please note we have been having some small trouble with our posting system. We hope to resolve it soon. In the meantime, please visit Jonny’s teacher page to get homework each week.

Hi everyone,

With the transition to ZOOM video lessons, I am no longer able to write down notes and musical material in the students’ books/binders. Instead, I have created PDF documents for each of you and dropped them into a Google Drive folder. The link to your documents is listed in the What to practice heading under your name below. You should be able to access the documents simply by clicking on the link. Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Continue working through the rhythms on the pages titled “16th notes and 8th notes” and the “Coordination Exercises”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice all the way through to #15 on the “16th-notes and 8th-notes” page. Don’t worry about the “20-Bar Exercise” at the end; we will get to that later. Just work on playing each of these rhythm exercises at least 4 times in a row while keeping a steady speed. Also, practice the coordination exercises at different speeds, both fast and slow. In the new year we will work on some new drum beats which expand on these patterns.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice all the beats and fills from “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Spend some time over the next week playing each section of the song separately and then try to start putting them together. Focus on the transitions between each section as these are usually the hardest parts of the song. Don’t worry about speed right now; just work on accuracy and consistency. Listen to the song to make sure each section sounds correct. Then try to play through the whole song. We will work more on this in the new year.

Jonathan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the triplet-based accent patterns that we worked on in your lesson and also have a listen to the music I have listed below.

How to practice it most effectively: Have a listen to some music by the following jazz musicians. this will help to give you a sense of this style of music and will also help us to pick some specific tunes to work on in the new year. Miles Davis (anything from the album “Kind of Blue” is a good place to start), Dave Brubeck (his album “Time Out” is a classic), John Coltrane (“A Love Supreme” and “Blue Train” are both great),  Wynton Marsalis (“The Magic Hour” album is a good place to start). Take note of what stuff you like and what stuff you don’t and we’ll discuss it in the new year.

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