Jonathan currently teaches at Monmouth University in their Music and Theatre Arts Department.

Music Courses include: American Music Traditions; Blues to Rap; Ear Training I and II; Independent Studies; Music Appreciation; Music for the Child; Secondary Methods;

and Roots, Rock, Reggae.

Jonathan is a PhD candidate in Music Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School under

Dr. David J. Elliott. He holds a Master’s of Music in Composition/Arranging and a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance on trombone and electric/upright bass from William Paterson University. There he had the opportunity to study with:

John Mosca-Trombone

Steve LaSpina and Marcus McLaurene-Bass

Cecil Bridgewater, Rich DeRosa, Jim McNeely, and Bill Mobley-Composition/Arranging

Education Publications

-The Power of Rap in Music Education (Under Review, 2021)

-Composing Your Meaning (Visions of Research in Music Education, 2020)

-The Outlook (Monmouth University Student Newspaper, 2020)

-The Outlook (Monmouth University Student Newspaper, 2015)

Conference Presentations

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Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium XIII at University South Florida, Tampa, FL, January 2021

Presenter: “Students as the Educator: A Student Centric Model for Curriculum Development”

Association for Popular Music Education at New York University, New York, NY, June 2019

Presenter: “Composing Your Meaning through Hip-Hop and its Role in Education”

Visions of Research in Music Education at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, May 2019

Presenter: “Composing Your Meaning”

Doctoral Research

Music Composition as Pedagogy: A Qualitative Case Study of Undergraduate Music Students’ Experience with Composition

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Angela-“Bomba De Puerto Rico”

Cecilia-“Over the Meadow”

Woody-“Cavacha Rhythms”

Brandon-“The Mango”

Uma-“Gaudiya Vaishnava Kirtan”

Adele-“Electric Sinulog”

Esther-“Klezmer Composition”