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

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 June 9-15

Hi everyone,

Here are your assignments for this week:

Will

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the first two pages of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush and start on the new section at the end of page 2.

How to practice it most effectively: In the new section, we only got through the first five measures, so try to work though this part very slowly. Remember that the part with the five crashes repeats once and then the third time it changes. Look closely at the notation as you play through it and use the recording of the song as a reference.

Elliot

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the triplet accent patterns that we have worked on as well as the new ones I have sent and also practice the jazz ride and foot patterns: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10YGpSqgr9Z2SExyhXz7k1evG3C0t2VEc?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the triplet accent patterns, pay close attention to which hand plays each accent and how the timing of each accent lines up with the bass drum notes. Each accent will either be “on” the beat (with the bass drum) or “off” the beat (separate from the bass drum). This is a very important distinction. With the jazz ride and foot patterns, the most important thing to remember is that the accent on the ride cymbal should always line up with the hi-hat foot (left foot) and they are played together on beats 2 and 4.

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Work on pairing together the beats from the Basic Rock Beats page and play them together as a two-bar phrase: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Just like we did in your lesson, pick two beats from the page (any two) and practice playing them one after another in a loop. For example, if you pick #2 and #3, play them in this order with no breaks in between: 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3… etc. You should start to feel both beats together as one phrase just as you would if playing together with a song. As you get more comfortable doing this, try to gradually increase the speed of the beats.

Noah

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Keep working on the Bossa Nova and also practice the verse and pre-chorus of “Arabella”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dga1ZBRWaN_Ka4O1G009w-74c4VaZCj7?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: The Bossa Nova gets better each time I hear it! Spend some time practicing the way we did in your lesson by taking out the right hand and just focus on getting the rhythms of left hand and the feet to lock in together. Practice this slowly so you can really hear the interlocking rhythms and play them consistently. Then, put it all back together with the right hand and play it faster. With Arabella, focus on the rhythm of the fill in the pre-chorus and keeping them in time with the pulse on the hi-hat foot.

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice beats 1-4 from the page of ghost note beats I have provided and also listen to some songs by Imagine Dragons this week to figure out which song you want to learn: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the ghost note beats, pay close attention to the movement of your left hand and be sure that you are lifting it high for the accented snare notes but leaving it close to the drum for the ghost notes. This is how you control the volume of the different types of notes. Work on keeping the beats really steady and fitting all the different rhythms together (bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hat). 

Sylvie

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the bounce stroke and paradiddles and this week add the double paradiddle, the flam, and the flam accent: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KGeo9VGh3JOWzwpGhEe1DbXMRuQiG7lL?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: With the bounce stroke, it is important that the stick can move freely in your hand without you dropping the stick. This means gripping the stick with just the right amount of pressure so the stick can bounce but you still have control. Practice dropping the stick onto the snare drum and allow it to bounce as high as it can without it leaving your hand. Once you have this working, the try adding the “pull” part where you pull the back end of the stick back into your hand with your fingers. This will bring the head of the stick back down onto the drum. When you put the “bounce” and the “pull” together, then you have a double stroke played with one single arm motion.

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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