Jonathon began his studies in music at the age of 13. He received most of his music training at the Metropolis School of Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. While at Metropolis, Jonathon studied piano, voice, and guitar. He participated in may recitals, chamber recitals, as well as being chosen several times for the annual Teacher's Pick Recital. Jonathon's teachers included Sevgi Giles, Alif Allenfort, Bryan Shilander, Brandon Magid, Sarah Schroeder(McIntyre), William Rush, Robbie Kellog, and Paul Henry.
In 2010, Jonathon went into intense musical training at William Rainey Harper College to pursue course studies in Vocal Music Education and Piano Pedagogy. While at Harper, he had the opportunity to participate in the masterclass of the distinguished pianist Neil Rutman.
In 2012, Jonathon transferred to Northeastern Illinois University to pursue course studies in piano performance with emphasis in vocal studies due to earning a Half Tuition Music Talent Scholarship. While at NEIU, he participated in the first and second annual Chicago Piano Festival, performed as a solo pianist/cembalist with the NEIU string orchestra under the direction of Brian Groner, earning several named scholarships in music, and participating in the concert choir and chamber chorus. In 2013, Jonathon became president of the MTNA Collegiate Chapter of NEIU. And starting in 2014, he lend his music talents at gala events sponsored by the African & African Resource Center of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Cultural Affairs under direction of administrator Dwan Buetow. Also, Jonathon Toni had the opportunity to perform on Vladimir Horowitz's personal Steinway & Son's CD-305 piano at the Steinway Gallery in Northbrook, IL.
Jonathon graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance with emphasis in Vocal Studies(with academic honors).
Throughout his undergraduate years, Jonathon studied piano under Janice L. Razaq, Susan Tang, and Kay Kim. He received artistic instruction from Olga Bornovalova and teaching instruction from Elyse Mach. For voice studies, he received instruction from Thomas Stauch and Kathy Cowan.
Jonathon plans to teach music and perform throughout the Chicago area and Northwest Suburbs while working towards his goal of becoming a Masters student at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music to study piano performance under Yoheved Kaplinsky.
I believe that everyone has an inner gift/talent when it comes to music. I believe every student has the capability to become another great master. It is my goal to bring out the best of my students making them become outstanding artists. For this goal to be achieved, every student should take on a very comprehensive teaching environment, as if one is studying at the conservatoires of Western and Eastern Europe and Russia. Therefore, my instructions are very comprehensive in technique, musicianship, transposition, artistry, sight-reading, sight-singing, and non-literal approach to music interpretation.
MTNA Northeastern Illinois University Collegiate Chapter