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Jonathan Hodges is an American multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and singersongwriter based in Dallas, Texas. For the past seven years, Jonathan has taught violin, guitar, and piano to children as young as two, and adults upwards of 50. With established experience as a concert violinist, improvisational pianist, and studio musician, Jonathan teaches from a unique vantage point. A firm believer that every student should be taught according to their individual qualities, Jonathan holds music to be an important facet in the upbringing and education of well-rounded individuals.
Beginning his undergraduate studies at Seattle University in 2015, Jonathan entered his freshman year as a Lockwood Scholar, gaining admittance to the prestigious University Honors Program. Upon completion of his first year, Jonathan was named sole finalist for the junior division of the Seattle University String Competition, and semi-finalist in the Don Bushell Concerto Competition. Shortly thereafter Jonathan transferred to Southern Methodist University. Jonathan graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2019 with a bachelor of music degree in violin performance, where he completed his studies with Diane Kitzman. His former teachers include Marla Feeney, Alexander Serafimov, Ivan Ženatý, Chee-Yun Kim, and Diane Kitzman. In addition to learning and performing established violin repertoire, Jonathan is known for his piano improvisation and is often employed at weddings, company parties, receptions, and private residences.
Given the many joys that accompany a life filled with music, Jonathan seeks to enrich the lives of his students through the realization and expression of musical, emotional, and intellectual potential.
Greg Ray has been teaching and performing in Dallas TX for 25 years. He teaches all ages and styles including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical, Blues, Country, Worship and more. He has taught at Greenhill School, Hockaday, Highland Park Presbyterian Music Academy and Dallas Music. He currently teaches at Park Cities School of Music. Greg has won multiple awards for excellence throughout the years. Many of his students have been accepted to Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The guitar professor there has said that the best, most well-prepared students he has seen are Greg Ray’s students.
Greg’s background in Jazz and Classical guitar enables him to pass on a wealth of knowledge in Music Theory to his students, and his extensive experience teaching students of all ages and learning styles makes it possible to tailor his teaching style to suit each individual. Many of Greg’s students have gone on to pursue musical careers vin college and professionally. Greg has also performed at many venues over the years, such as Sambuca, The Balcony Club, The Empire Room, The Venetian Room, The Barley House and The Green Room. His students also perform in various concerts.
Caleb holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Delta State University where he studied with Dr. Mary Lynn Buchanan and Dr. Laurissa Backlin. During his undergraduate studies, Caleb actively performed with Delta State Chorale, Chamber Singers, and performed the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Caleb recently finished his Master of Music degree in vocal performance and operatic studies from University of North Texas where he studied with world renowned operatic tenor, Richard Croft. While working at UNT, Caleb performed several roles with UNT Opera including: Henry Davis in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Maitre Corbeau in Albert Roussel’s Le testament de la tante Carolina, and Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He also performed with UNT’s early music group, Collegium and worked as a Stage Director for the Student Directors’ Scenes and Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
After graduating from University of North Texas, Caleb accepted the position of resident artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera where he worked as a singer, stage-director, and sound designer. Caleb is currently an active performer in the DFW area where he has worked with groups and organizations such as Dallas Chamber Choir, Verdigris Ensemble, St. Michael and All Angels, and All Saints Catholic Church.
Caleb began playing music when he was 7 years old, and he has continued to study and perform several instruments including violin, mandolin, guitar, ukulele and singing. Caleb officially began teaching music lessons out of his home in 2015 after finishing his Bachelor’s degree at DSU. Throughout the years, Caleb has continued to teach voice, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin lessons with private studios, professional studios, and school districts. While Caleb’s formal music educational background is primarily in classical music, he also excels in performing and teaching other genres such as Folk, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Metal, Country, Bluegrass, Musical Theatre, and Sacred Music.
During Caleb’s music career, he has worked with exceptional music educators such as Dr. Stephen Austin, Kumiko Shimizu, Dr. Elvia Puccinelli, Roy Howat, Dr. Susan Youens, Ryland Angel, and Richard Croft. His extensive study with these incredible professionals as well as his many years of teaching has provided him with exceptional abilities to guide each student he works with to success. Caleb’s teaching style is one of an individual approach. While he does use a designed structural system of teaching private lessons, he believes every student is different and should therefore work to find the most prudent system for each student. He also believes that it is highly beneficial for the student to participate in repertoire selection and performance practices.
Caleb has been performing almost every genre of music for years, and he has not only taught private lessons but given masterclasses, audition coachings, and recorded multiple albums. Caleb has a wide variety of skills when it comes to world of music. Some of the more special skills Caleb carries include: German, French, and Italian diction; ear-training; music theory; orchestration; conducting; stage-direction; and music technology.
Park Cities School of Music
Have you been looking for music lessons for your child or yourself? If so, turn to a trusted music school that has a reputation of offering well-balanced instruction from highly trained and experienced teachers. At Park Cities School of Music, we offer a comprehensive list of music lessons to children of all ages and adults throughout the Dallas, University Park, Highland Park, Lakewood, and other surrounding communities. We strive to provide students with a variety throughout their learning experience here at our school. Call us at (214) 455-1477 to request more information!