Teaching Artist Statement
To learn to play a musical instrument is an exciting and wonderful journey that people of any age should have the opportunity to undertake. As a pianist and teacher, I feel that it is my responsibility not only to help my students learn which direction they would like to take in their musical education, but to show them the steps to achieve their individual goals, while having fun doing it. With passion, knowledge, and a positive attitude, anything can be accomplished.
Pianist Jonathan Roberts has taught over 100 students in the past 10 years. His students have ranged from the young beginner to the advanced college student. Having joined the piano faculty of South Shore Conservatory in 2013, he holds his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama, the Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and two Bachelor's Degrees, one in music education and one in piano performance, from the University of New Hampshire. Through detailed yet encouraging instruction, Dr. Roberts enjoys helping students of all levels progress to their highest potential.
Pianist Jonathan Roberts has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and collaborative artist. As a collaborator, he has performed with renowned musicians such as Mark O'Connor, Angella Ahn, Eugene Friesen, Demondrae Thurman, Tormod Flaten, and Julia Dinerstein. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama, the Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and two Bachelor's Degrees in music education and piano performance from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Roberts's primary teachers and mentors include Noel Engebretson, Kathryn Brown, Arlene Kies, Irina Tchantceva, and Kathy Czerny. Dr. Roberts is also a member of The Stardust Duo, named after the jazz tune by Hoagy Carmichael, with his wife, violinist Amanda Smith Roberts. Their duo specializes in performing and commissioning classical works influenced by popular musical styles, namely jazz and blues. Dr. Roberts joined the piano faculty of the South Shore Conservatory in 2013.