“Ever since I was very little, I have been fascinated by how music functions. I remember being in church at the age of 4, listening to the hymns being sung and noticing that there were various parts moving and weaving around, creating a beautiful sound that sent shivers down my spine. I was fortunate enough that my mother insisted that I learn piano from a very young age after she saw me walk up to a piano at a friend’s place and began to ‘mash’ the keys. That’s where my life-long journey in music began. It wasn’t an easy journey, with there being many bumps and pauses along the way, but after meeting the right teacher here in Newcastle in 2000, my understanding of music improved exponentially to the point where last year I completed my PhD in online music teaching. Music is a language and a musical instrument is the means to express that language, therefore understanding music theory is paramount to getting the most out of playing an instrument, especially the piano. Like any language, one must understand the rules of grammar to understand what to say and what is being said. Music theory is no different to this and it benefits any style of music, from Baroque, to Classical or from Jazz to Rock and Roll. The most important thing I have learned about a life in music however, is that it is the collaboration between teacher, parents, and peers that make learning music a way of life, and not just an activity to do in your spare time like watching a movie, or reading a book. It becomes a means of expression and a vehicle to explore new worlds historic, present and yet to be discovered”.
Jordan has completed his PhD, Master and Bachelor’s degree in music under the tutelage of Dr Gian-Franco Ricci, and is currently undergoing another Master degree in specialist teaching. He has performed around Australia and abroad including performances in South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, Germany and Norway. Some of Jordan’s notable accolades include winning the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama concerto medal, the Post-Graduate Award for his PhD, the UON Faculty medal in performance, the John Sinclair Cormack prize for study in the UK as well as an invitation to perform for the retiring Supreme Court Justice of Norway in 2015.
Jordan believes in utilising technology in the piano studio to help students get the most out of their learning experience. He encourages all of his students to make recordings of themselves performing their repertoire and upload it onto social media and YouTube. This not only provides valuable experience regarding performance practice and analysis, but it also acts as a time capsule for students (and parents) to see the progress that has been made over a period of time. Jordan also encourages improvisation, in any style, to help students explore their creative side and to discover new ways of thinking at the piano.