Hi, I’m Jason!
Playing music took root from the outside in during my early years. My Father was a big DJ around the state, my Grandfather was a classical pianist, and as I got to an age where my friends began to become influences, I seemed to be drawn to anyone who was involved with music. I started taking music lessons in the 3rd grade. I chose the baritone saxophone, an instrument as big as I was. I absolutely hated it! I couldn’t even carry the instrument up the stairs. The next year and thereafter, I stuck with piano. Finally, when I reached high school, I invited a new friend over to my place; he played the guitar, and after playing a few little blues lines for me, I was totally into being a musician. I had never seen someone play the guitar so up close to me. I remember being amazed. I was 14, and since then, I have considered myself a musician, owning that title.
How I approach a lesson
First and foremost, all of my lessons are a vessel of validation. To inspire that no matter where the student may be, their efforts are recognized and rewarded. My lesson room is their safe space. Where the issues of real life can fall away. Where they can, for however long a session may be, fully delve into an activity that brings them joy, satisfaction, and pride. I sustain that whatever the student puts into their studies will be what they get out of it. Coming to terms with this realization will guide what they are able to realistically bring to the table. My role is to be fluid yet, also provide guidance and tutelage toward achieving the goals that they do not know how to attain. My conversation with parents is an effort to extend that safe space and relationship with music into their own homes.
My Advice to Students
Always try! Do not be afraid to fail. And do not forget to celebrate your success. Learning something new is difficult for anyone. It makes sense to feel awkward, uncomfortable, and maybe even afraid of trying something new. Give yourself the patience to experience it. You may learn something about yourself you wouldn’t have otherwise!