Music Production, Songwriting, Music Theory & Orchestration
Jon has a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition from New York University.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Jon has written for orchestras, chamber groups, film, dance, and various pop music projects. His compositions have been drowned out by the roaring 100,000+ crowd of Beaver Stadium, politely tolerated during the opening ceremonies of the US Open, hopefully noticed at the runway shows of New York Fashion Week, and graciously included in the in-store playlists of 2,250 Chipotles across this great nation. Jon’s indie-pop music projects have toured nationwide, received international radio play and commercial placements, and were awarded one of Apple Music’s Top New Indie Artists in 2015 and 2016. As of 2020, his original catalogue of music has garnered more than 4 million streams online.
While working as a composer, producer, songwriter and performer in New York City, Jon taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Third Street Music School in Manhattan. At Third Street, Jon initially worked with, arranged and composed music for their Philharmonia Orchestra, before helping expand the school’s Music Theory and Composition department, teaching group classes and private lessons. Later, he successfully resurrected Third Street’s dormant Music Production department, collaborating with Grammy Award winning producer Scott Jacoby on building a brand new curriculum.
Jon joined Levine’s faculty in October 2019.
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
“I strive to enrich the musicianship of my students by encouraging and engaging with their individual interests; supplying them with the tools needed to self-actualize their own unique artistic expression. My guiding principle is “if you’re not having fun, then you’re doing it wrong.” Whether it be private lessons in music production or group classes in songwriting and/or music theory, my goal in the classroom is always the same: to reveal and share the joy of music.
I’m thrilled to be working alongside such a talented and supportive faculty and staff.”