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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 January 6-12

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: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the top line of rhythm from Syncopation page 38 the way we did in your lesson: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17pjkCZ1jfMdjwRqFBMaPIG_hKMb3gQGz?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start by playing the rhythm by itself on the hi-hat. Remember to accent the notes that are either by themselves or at the end of a group of 2 or 3. Then play it again on the hi-hat and fill in the spaces in the rhythm on the bass drum. Finally, play the same thing again and add a note on the snare drum on beat 3 of each bar.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Finish up “Can’t Stop” by working on playing it all the way through without stopping: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Start each practice session with a full run-through of the song. Try not to stop even if you make a mistake. After you get to the end, then go back and work on any spots that gave you trouble. Then finish your practice session with another run-through.

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the opening of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac from the page I provided: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Practice the transition between the section with just bass drum and the section where you are playing the full beat. Count the beats out loud as you play. It is important to keep a steady pulse when you play and the counting really helps with that.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the long fill from “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Review each measure of the fill individually. Take it slow so that you play each rhythm correctly. Then put all four measures together and practice playing the whole fill without stopping. Once you are comfortable doing this, then practice the transition from the main beat into the fill and then back to the main beat.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats 1-6 from the page of 16th note open hi-hat beats: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus first of all on keeping a steady 16th note pulse on the hi-hat. It is important that the 16th notes don’t speed up, slow down, or pause as you play. Then pay close attention to the movement of your left foot for each of the open hi-hat notes. Be sure that you know precisely when the left foot needs to move up and when it needs to come back down in each beat. Practice these beats slowly so that you can get the right coordination between your limbs.

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first three lines of rhythm from Syncopation page 28: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: First practice reading through each line of rhythm and play it on the snare drum. Once you feel comfortable with the rhythms, then practice playing one bar at a time and moving the rhythms around the drums in different ways. Then, take one rhythm and practice playing it as a drum fill: play a simple drum beat three times, then the fill, then hit the crash and go back into the beat. Repeat this exercise with a few different bars from the page provided.

Assignments for the Week of June 5-11

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 the first four accent patterns on the new page that I have provided: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: A musical accent is when you play one note louder than the other notes around it. The accent is indicated by a symbol like this > positioned above or below the note. In order to get an accent to stick out, it is important that you play all the other notes softly so the loudness of the accent can be heard. Practice playing accent patterns 1-4 from the new page and focus on keeping your sticks low (close to the drum) when you’re not playing the accented notes.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first four beats from the new page I have provided: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: These beats involve playing syncopated notes on the bass drum which land in between the eighth notes on the hi-hat. Play through them slowly and focus on the rhythm created between the bass drum and snare drum notes. You can even practice them without the hi-hat part in order to solidify the the other parts. Once the beats start to feel comfortable, then try playing them a bit faster.

Jonathan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice the first four beats from the page of ghost note beats as well as the beat from “Cold Sweat” by James Brown: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: “Cold Sweat” by James Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ0p7k-KzWM Take it slowly at first with each of these beats. Identify which notes land on the beat and which ones land off beat. When you feel comfortable with the rhythm of the bass drum and snare drum, then try playing a little faster, but always strive for consistency more than speed.

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