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Jonathan L. Segal New York City, New York
Contact Details
Name:   Jonathan Segal
Phone:   212-222-3169
Email:   jonathanmusician@gmail.com
Website:   Click here to go to my website
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Last Update:    2015-10-11 19:43:30
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Biography:

Jonathan L. Segal is a pianist, singer, entertainer, songwriter, and music educator. He’s had a diverse career. He has written music for television, including themes and songs for "Monday Night Football", "Another World", "Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures", and "One Life To Live" (for which he received an Emmy-nomination). He has starred in theatrical tours of Broadway shows ("Pump Boys & Dinettes"), music-directed on TV ("Afterdrive" starring Denis Leary, two Tom Brokaw specials), accompanied a number of music greats (Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie), entertained as a singer/pianist at approximately one-thousand private events (events for Broadway’s Tony Awards, the British Consulate, Al Gore, Mayor Bloomberg, The Discovery Channel, many major corporations), concertized ("The Great American Songbook on the Jazzy Side") played jazz in Tokyo, worked in industrial theater for many more corporations, music directed off-Broadway ("Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah") and worked on Broadway (teaching the Von Trapp children their songs for “Sound Of Music” and playing in The Radio City Music Hall Pit Orchestra). He has been a blue ribbon judge at the Emmy Awards, and appeared in Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who in Emerging American Leaders. He has acted in film ("Baby It’s You") and on radio. His novel, "The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein" is a funny, far-out jazz mystery. He has written the lyrics, music and book to a new musical, "Space Vacation", and has put out an album of his jazzy/funny songs and another of his country songs written with Christine Asero. Jonathan has been the middle school chorus director at Trevor Day School, the music specialist at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and PS6, and music director at Crane Lake Camp and for the Summer Stock musical theater camp at the JCC in Manhattan. He teaches piano privately and coaches singers.

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Video:  
Date:  2015-10-11 12:42:01
Description:  My jazz funky piano cover of the Sam Smith hit.

 
Video:  
Date:  2015-10-11 12:41:12
Description:  My jazz cover of a great standard.

 
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Date:  2015-10-11 12:40:25
Description:  My jazzy funky cover of the Ed Sheeran hit.

 
Video:  
Date:  2015-10-11 12:39:36
Description:  Beethoven jazzed up- my piano cover

 
Video:  
Date:  2015-10-11 12:38:26
Description:  I had just had lunch at a mall in Florence Italy (the only ugly spot in Florence!) and the sign on the piano said "Why don't you sit down and play?" in English. So I did. 1) Musetta's Waltz from "La Boheme" 2) O sole Mio (Known to Elvis fans as 'It's Now Or Never")


Testimonials
 
Name:  Angela C.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "My kids always enjoyed their piano lessons with you and actually practiced without me having to threaten them! Thanks to you, they both still play. Adam plays for the sheer enjoyment of it. He has a keyboard in his room in Virginia (he's still in the Navy) and puts on his headphones and plays! Thanks, Jonathan! Besides being a fantastic musician, you know how to inspire and teach."

 
Name:  Tracy H.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Jonathan is the perfect teacher for young and old alike. His personality and sense of humor coupled with his passion for his art combine to orchestrate the perfect symphony of learning, creativity and fun!"

 
Name:  Margaux R.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Is there nothing he can't do?! I have put Jonathan to the test! He is extremely well-rounded as a teacher and I have single-handedly tested many of his musical skills. In our lessons, we have dealt with everything from picking out the piano accompaniment off of a recording that i wanted to play myself, reading and playing classical pieces, interpreting lead sheets; pop songbooks and written-out jazz arrangements. He even has lent an ear to my own original songs. Even when we work on the same piece week-to-week, each lesson is never the same. As virtuosic as Jonathan is, i have never felt intimidated. He always manages to make piano more accessible than just a musical discipline. He is also extremely patient to even the most resistant student, as I have not been a quick learner when it comes to learning jazz improv."

 
Name:  Donna G.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "My two sons, ages 10 and 7, have been playing piano with Jonathan Segal for over 5 and 2 years, respectively. I chose "playing" and not "taking lessons," very consciously, because Jonathan's jazzy, improvisational, and playful teaching style has made the lessons more like creative play and a labor of love than lessons for my boys. They are both progressing and mastering the basics, including ear training, sight reading, and theory, but also delight in composing music with him often. Jonathan's sense of humor, with its whimsy and sense of fun, is a riff of its own, just like his music. That is why my older son asked him 'Why can't I live with you?' "

 
Name:  Bruce L.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Our son has been taking piano lessons with Jonathan for several years. Out of all the teachers our son has had, Jonathan is far and away his favorite. Lessons mix technique, theory, scales, improvisation and songs; genres include classical, jazz, rock, pop and more. Jonathan can play anything and more than that, can teach anything! Jonathan respects his students and teaches to their ability—lessons are fun and fast moving, yet demanding. For more advanced students, Jonathan’s performance background is a bonus--he has helped our son prepare for concerts at Madison Square Garden and The Bitter End. Jonathan has been with us every step of the way and we will no doubt be with him every step of our son’s musical career. I would whole-heartedly recommend Jonathan to students of all levels."

 
Name:  Cindy K.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "The most wonderful thing about Jonathan Segal, besides incredible musicality, his kindness, and his uncanny ability to pun, is the way he "gets" my kid. He tailors his lessons specifically to fit my son's interests and talents and quirks, he knows how to inspire him, make music fun for him, when to push him forward and when to let him take the lead. I couldn't imagine a better piano teacher for my, or anyone's child."

 
Name:  Susanna L.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "All 3 of my children have learned to play the piano with Jonathan. Each grew musically because Jonathan adapted each lesson to their individual needs. They can all play a variety of styles of music and have even been encouraged to compose their own. Piano skills are subtley covered and supported without my children dreading scales and practicing."

 
Name:  Lauren S.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Jonathan is not only a fabulous teacher who has helped my son learn to read and play music but also has the ability to reach the children and understand their different learning styles. He has instilled a love for learning music in my child. They connect on this musical level and my son looks forward to his lesson each week where he is able to express his musical (and sometimes comical) side with Jonathan."

 
Name:  Mark S.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Taking lessons with Jonathan has been a blast. While I'm not a "new" person I'm a pretty new player and the variety of music I've learned has kept it interesting and challenging. We've worked on classical pieces, Beatles, bluegrass and jazz and blues. He's taught me a lot of theory as well as practical technique. And how to practice. The past few years have changed the way I listen to music."

 
Name:  Barbra R.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "My two very different daughters have taken piano lessons from Jonathan over the past four years. One is studious and serious, the other artistic and dreamy. Both have loved going to lessons. Both girls feel that Jonathan teaches them more than just reading music. He teaches them to appreciate the music and they both have learned about different genres of music such as blues, folk, and jazz that they may not have been exposed to otherwise. He also encourages them at their own level so the process is stress-free. I am impressed that one teacher could appeal to and inspire two such different personalities!"

 
Name:  Elisa M.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "I really want to thank you for being such an amazing teacher. You don't just teach, you inspire and I knew that's what would happen."

 
Name:  Abby D.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Jonathan has taught piano to three of my four children and to impossible-to-teach-anything-at-all-to me. Not only do I now play Beethoven better than Melvin, the Shitzu down the block, in spite of my incapacity to practice more than once a month, but my children have developed both a competency at the piano and a love for and comprehension of music that I can only envy. Jonathan is a pleasure to be around, my children (and I) adore him, he makes the learning fun and exciting, and I have watched my children go on to be life-long music lovers largely because of his talents as a teacher. It's hard to imagine doing better than Jonathan."

 
Name:  Victoria M.
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  "Our two daughters began studying with Jonathan over five years ago when they were just 5 and 7 years old, respectively. They now play quite beautifully and we cannot imagine our home without our piano. They hate to practice, of course, but they can't seem to walk past the piano without giving it a play. Jonathan has been an enthusiastic and engaging teacher who goes out of his way to tailor his lessons to the needs of the kids, to keep them interested and also to have fun. By exposing the girls to an array of musical genres, from Pop to Classical to Jazz to American Standards, our girls have not only learned how to play, but are developing an appreciation for all types of music. We look forward to continuing their musical education with Jonathan!"

 
Name:  Gabriel, age 7
Title:  Testimonial
Testimonial:  Why can't I live with you?


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