Meet the Instructor
Jason Gray (B.M., M.M., R.M.T.) is experienced as a piano teacher, theory lecturer, and freelance composer and has been teaching students of all ages for fifteen years now. He is a registered member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association, and is now expanding his music instruction studio located in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of downtown Toronto.
After a childhood of self-taught piano exploration, Jason began formal study at the age of 15. His early education also involved performance and competition in the wind, orchestral, and choral ensemble environments. In university, he completed four years of study with professors Georgette Gettel and Dr. Jane Ann Wilson, while continuing to perform and teach piano in his university environment. As a pianist Jason has performed with numerous singers, accompanied choirs, dance ensembles, and served as keyboardist for various church appointments. As a teacher Jason has taught both privately and in the classroom environment for 15 years. Being a once self-taught "by ear" pianist, Jason specializes in solo and group improvisation and incorporates the skill into the traditional piano curriculum which includes technique, theory, and ear-training.
As a composer, Jason has collaborated with artists in a variety of mediums including orchestral and choral concert music, music for live dance, Internet media, film, and most recently a collaborative multimedia concert setting of the story of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Commissioned by Vienna Boys' Choir and the Talespin Ensemble, Ali Baba was premiered in Vienna in 2009 and continues to tour the region.
He has composed, orchestrated, and/or arranged commissioned works for numerous performing entities including the Grand Canyon Mens Chorale, Phoenix; Lubbock Symphony Chorale; the orchestra and chorus of Lakeridge United Methodist Church; and Lubbock Community Theatre.