Jonathan Smith

Toronto Drum Kit and Percussion Teacher

Jonny Smith
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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 February 28 – March 6

Hi everyone,

Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Jazz/swing rhythms and the G Major Technical Exercises from the xylophone book.

How to practice it most effectively: When practicing the jazz rhythms, be sure that the ride cymbal and hi-hat parts are the most prominent and that you accent beats 2 and 4. The snare drum and bass drum should be relatively soft. On xylophone, review your scales and arpeggios, then practice each of the four technique exercises. Read both the notes and the rhythms carefully and go slowly through each exercises. Accuracy is much more important than speed.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the beat from “Paradise” by Coldplay as well as the two new accent patterns.

How to practice it most effectively: Practice the beat along with the recording of the song (if possible). Listen carefully to how the beat lines up with the other elements of the song. With the accent patterns, concentrate on the concepts of a “downstroke” and an “upstroke” which we talked about in your lesson. With the downstroke, the stick starts high and ends low, and in the upstroke, the stick starts low and ends high.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: The Intro/Verse beat from “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer.

How to practice it most effectively: First review the main beat of the song. Be sure that you can count out loud while playing the beat. Remember to keep a steady pulse while you play. The practice the half-bar that ends with a crash. Then try to put the two elements together. Once you can do this comfortably, then follow the form that I wrote down in your book: 3 bars on the ride cymbal + the half bar, then 6 bars on the hi-hat, then 3 more bars on the ride + the half bar.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Alexy

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the kick drum syncopation beats that Pino gave you as well as the intro to “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

How to practice it most effectively: Practice the syncopation beats very slowly at first. Keep a steady pulse on the hi-hat and remember not to rush through the eighth notes. It is important that they are exactly twice as long as the sixteenth notes. For the song, have a listen to the recording a youtube a few times to get the sound of the song in your head. After that, try playing the intro and the verse beat along with the recording.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: “Take the Money and Run” by Steve Miller Band

How to practice it most effectively: Practice the song with the notes that I wrote in your book whenever possible. Focus on the spots that we worked on this week where I added a couple of new fills (on the last page). Be careful not to rush the triplets at the end of the song. They should line up with the fast rhythm that the guitar is playing.

How parents can support practice: Encouraging your child to practice regularly and helping them develop a routine is the best way to be supportive.

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March 10 – 15

EVERYONE: Sorry for the late post. Practise the same stuff as last week, plus:

Harry

  • Make sure you’re playing with proper technique (like good grip)

Sam

  • Practise the drum beats slowly
  • I heard that your A-major scale went well. You don’t need to practise that anymore.
  • Practise Turkish March along to a metronome at 60

Jonathan

  • Keep your right hand on the ride cymbal for all drum beats

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