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

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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 April 8-14

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 lines 1-4 on the new page I have provided: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: These rhythms should be practiced as “comping” rhythms in a jazz/swing style. This means that you play the rhythms with the left hand on the snare while playing the jazz ride pattern with your right hand and keeping time with your feet. Remember that all the eighth notes should be swung “1  a 2   a 3  a 4  a” and that the rhythm played by the right hand should be “1    2  a 3   4  a.” Be careful not to change the right hand rhythm based on what the left hand is playing.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Finish learning page 4 of “Smoke on the Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: You’re very close to finishing this song. Review the top line of page 4 first. Be sure to read each of the rhythms carefully before you try to play them. Don’t just rely on your memory. After that, try to connect the first line with the second line and play all the way to the fill at the end of this line. From there, move down to verse 3 and practice each of the fills in this section. Take your time to count the rhythms out loud and practice them slowly.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the second page of “Drum Corps on Parade”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Work on connecting all the different sections of this page. Identify where the major points of transition are and practice making it through those passages smoothly. Practice slowly enough that you can make it through large portions of the page without making mistakes. Your goal should be that, by the end of the week, you can play all the way through page 2 without stopping.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Review “Smoke on the Water” in preparation for the recital and also take a look at #46-50 on the new page of accent patterns I have provided: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Play through “Smoke on the Water” a few times this week and take note of any sections that give you trouble. We will review it next week and can focus on the most tricky sections. Also, if you have time, take a look at accent patterns #46-50 on the new page. Practice them first just on the snare drum, then with the accented notes on the toms, then practice them as drum fills in combination with a simple drum beat.

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Focus on the 7/4 section and the beat that comes immediately after this section with the off-beats on the ride cymbal bell in “Red Barchetta” by Rush: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UJYz7hx_AeAM7Std0aj1Y1IyVd-8f86S?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Print off the sheet music that I have provided in the link above. Start practicing at letter E near the bottom of page 3 and go up until the end of the 7th line on the next page (page 4). These are the beats that we worked on in your lesson today. Read the notation carefully while listening to the song so that you can match what you are reading with what you hear. This will help a lot ini learning this song.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review pages 1 and 2 of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and then practice putting them together with pages 3 and 4: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Review all the parts of the song that we have learned. Be sure to read the rhythms carefully and count them in order to make sure you are playing everything accurately. Practice playing through each page slowly and without breaks or pauses. Once you can do that, then work on transitioning from one page to the next.

Assignments for the Week of April 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:

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing the verse and chorus to “Back in Black” by ACDC: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Take these two parts of the song that we have learned so far and practice playing them together. This means going straight from the verse into the chorus and then from the chorus straight back to the verse. It is important to be able to do this without stopping or slowing down during the transitions. Practice playing the last bar of the verse and then the first bar of the chorus. Do this several times in a row. Then try playing the last bar of the chorus and the first bar of the verse several times in a row. 

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice page 3 of “Smoke on the Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Count the rhythms in each of the drum fills very carefully. Be sure to identify which notes are eighth notes and which are sixteenth notes. This is critical to playing the rhythms correctly. In the guitar solo section, focus on keeping the non-accented notes on the snare drum soft by only lifting the sticks about an inch or two above the drum. This way, when you play the accented (loud) notes, they will really stick out.

Jonathan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing along with “Blue Train” by John Coltrane, “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, and “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Link to Blue Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT_Zs5FKDZE  Link to Cantaloupe Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B1oIXGX0Io Link to Take Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs

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