This winter we have a very special guest at the school. John Jordan is a Suzuki Teacher from San Juan, Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria, his apartment in La Perla neighborhood of Old San Juan was destroyed. I invited John to come to stay with us in Chicago for a few months until things get back to normal in San Juan. John is working as an intern in the office and is available for individual practice sessions in violin, spanish and yoga.
“I started the violin at the age of 10 in a local school from the town of Ponce PR. and received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. At the conservatory, I studied under Omar Velazquez, the concert master of the Puerto Rico Symphony.
In 2009 I had the opportunity to take the Suzuki Teacher training. This really opened my eyes to the potential of all children and I decided to become the best teacher I could be. I made many opportunities to study Suzuki pedagogy with Debby Goosby, Fernando Piñero, Eduardo Ludueña and Linda Fiore and Edward Kreitman.
During that time I also did the Kindermusik certification, "Despertar Muscial” "Estimulacion Musical Temprana" in Peru, Level 1 and 2 in Kodaly and a 3 week course in de Dalcroze Method searching for their similarities and how to apply their benefits to myself and in my own teaching.
After my bachelors I decided to study yoga to deepen my understanding of the body and mind, the relaxation of the body and the integration of the breath in every movement. In 2013 I did the yoga certification and ever since I have been a Yoga instructor teaching from private to groups and doing collaborations with other studios.”