Jon Lee guitarist, composer & arranger, music educator (B.Mus., B.Ed, M.A.)


Jon Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Vancouver, Canada at age 13. He first began learning and playing music with the piano at age 10 and switched the guitar at 12. He started playing the guitar with hard rock & heavy metal and has broaden his musical interests to jazz & blues and world music. He is currently working as a guitarist, composer & arranger, and music educator.

After graduating from high school, Jon Lee moved to Boston, MA and attended Berklee College of Music. He studied Jazz guitar and Jazz composition & arranging there with a number of internationally renowned musicians, including John Wilkins and Richie Hart. After returning to Vancouver, Canada, he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Capilano University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from University of British Columbia.

While attending New York University for a master’s degree, Jon Lee studied jazz guitar and composition privately with Randy Johnston (guitarist for Lou Donaldson Quartet) . His master’s thesis is on informal music learning, supervised by Dr. Wayne D. Bowman (the author of Philosophical Perspectives on Music) at New York University. He also studied with a numerous scholars in music and music education at NYU, such as Dr. John V. Gilbert, Dr. David J. Elliott, and Dr. Marissa Silverman.

As a musician, Jon Lee has composed, arranged, and performed at a variety of venues around the globe (Canada, U.S., Argentina, and Korea). He has also performed with a number of internationally credited players like Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Greene, and Hugh Fraser. He has recently finished his tour with Martin Nemcovsky, Esteban Maxera, and Alvaro Manzaero in Argentina. His first CD Intuition was released in summer 2013, and the second CD is scheduled to be out in summer 2014.

As a music educator, Jon Lee has taught band and choir at both elementary and secondary schools in Canada and U.S.A. for past 7 years. He has also provided private lessons on guitar, composition & arranging, and music theory for more than 600 students for last 18 years. He is the director of the guitar programs in Delta School District, Canada and of the jazz department at Pacific Coast School of Music in New Westminster, Canada. Jon Lee is a member of major professional music organizations: MENC, IAJE, NYCMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, and BCMEA.


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Jon Lee plays followings:

carvin hf2
gibson es 135-le
gibson es 359
gretsch chet atkins
charvel san dimas
fender custom-shop telecaster
steinberger zt3
maxera 7 strings telecaster
almansa cypress classical guitar

fender twin reverb
fender blues junior tweed
roland jazz chorus 55
polytone mini brute iii
fulltone drive
danelectro chorus
danelectro overdrive
boss psm-5
boss mt-2
boss dd-6
ibanez ts808
proco the rat
vox wahwah
dunlop crybaby 
earnie ball volume pedal

                       Thank you so much for visiting my personal website.

                                                      Love you all~

                                                                                                      - Jon Lee -

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