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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 Jan 21-27

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 playing “Good Times Bad Times” along with the recording as well as the new triplet accent patterns: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz

How to practice it most effectively: With “Good Times Bad Times,” try playing up to the end of Chorus 2 with the notation that you have and then keep playing to the end of the song by continuing to play in the same style. This means using the same types of rhythms, beats, and fills while adding your own variations that fit in with the song, just like John Bonham does. With the triplet accent patterns, keep a steady pulse with your feet: bass drum plays 1, 2, 3, 4, and hi-hat plays 2 & 4. At the same time, play accent patterns #12-15 on the snare drum.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice Verse 1 and the Chorus of “Smoke On The Water”: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc

How to practice it most effectively: For Verse 1, practice counting and playing each of the fills. Then practice playing all the way through this section without stopping. For the Chorus, practice it slowly one bar at a time. Be sure to read every note on the page and careful not to add in anyy extra notes. Next try adding two bars together and practice playing them without stopping. If you feel up to it, try 4 bars together, and then 6.

Aidan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice lines 4-6 of “Drum Corps on Parade” as well as your rudiments: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJPRmQn7QZuvnmvhe8ji-CCGmJPGLDZi

How to practice it most effectively: The rudiments that you should focus on this week are the 17-stroke roll, the double paradiddle, the single flammed mill, and the swiss army triplet. Practice each one at different speeds (slow, medium, and fast) and focus on keeping the fingers on the left hand engaged. With the solo, practice playing from the beginning of line 4 up to the end of line 6 (or the first note of line 7). Then practice putting it together with the first 3 lines. After that, if you have time, start to look at lines 7-9.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice Verse 1 and the Chorus of “Smoke On The Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: For Verse 1, practice counting and playing each of the fills. Then practice playing all the way through this section without stopping. For the Chorus, practice it slowly one bar at a time. Be sure to read every note on the page and careful not to add in anyy extra notes. Next try adding two bars together and practice playing them without stopping. If you feel up to it, try 4 bars together, and then 6.

Nate M.

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working “Red Barchetta” by Rush as well as the accent patterns we worked on in your lesson: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UJYz7hx_AeAM7Std0aj1Y1IyVd-8f86S?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the accent patterns, focus on keeping a steady pulse with your feet: the bass drum should play quarter notes (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) and the hi-hat foot should play just on 2 & 4. Play the triplet accent patterns on the snare drum. All the non-accented notes should be played softly while the accented notes are played loudly. Determine which stick will play each accent and think carefully about when to lift each stick to prepare the accent. The higher you lift the stick before the accent, the louder it will be.

Nate O.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the Intro and Verse 1 of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Guns ’n’ Roses: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lsS6FvGAobS96Y5mFUDE_7L1HGfAK0_s

How to practice it most effectively: Listen to the song a few times this week if you can. This will help to get the sound of the rhythms and fills in your head. Practice counting and playing each beat and fill individually. If you can count them out loud then you will know whether you’re playing them correctly or not. Once you’ve done this with each bar, then start putting them together and play through both of these sections of the song.

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Assignments for the Week of Jan. 23-29

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 rhythms on the drum in combination with the beats we’ve been working on (see “Drum Fills” page for examples): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Each of the beats we’ve been working on from the “Basic Rock Beats” page can be played together with the rhythms from the “Sixteenth Notes” page. I have put a new page, titled “Drum Fills,” in your folder that shows some examples of these combinations. First practice playing the beat once and then the rhythm once. After that, try playing the beat three times and the rhythm once. Finally, try playing the beat three times, then the rhythm once, and then go back to playing the beat.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats #13-18 from the page of ghost note beats: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Keep working through these beats slowly. Try your best to identify the rhythm of the bass and snare parts combined. Count the 16th notes, either in your head or out loud, while you play the bass and snare. Once you feel secure with the bass/snare rhythm, then try adding in the 16th notes on the hi-hat. Do your best to keep counting even once you’ve added in the hi-hat part. This will help you with accuracy and consistency.

Jonathan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the triplet-based accent patterns from the new page in your folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing 

How to practice it most effectively: The point of the triplet-based accent patterns is to get you used to subdividing triplets between your hands and accenting different parts of the beat while keeping time with your feet. If you can do this comfortably, then improvising in this style will become a lot easier. Practice the accent patterns on the page from last week as well as the new page I’ve added to your folder. Play them slowly at first and then, after they start to feel more comfortable, try to speed them up. Move the accents around on the toms. Also, practice playing them in combination with a simple jazz beat.

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