Donald J.

Orem, UT


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Utah Valley University
Commercial music


Utah Valley University (Commercial music)

About Donald

I've had the privilege of teaching the guitar program at Brigham Larsen's since October of 2014 teaching both private and group lessons. I've taught music for more than seven years. Working as a professional studio musician for the last few years has given me experience working and communicating with others. It has also given me real life experience and knowledge of the music industry. Because of that, I've been able to find success in teaching and performing music throughout the state of Utah. I teach multiple styles of music and base the lessons around what you want to learn. You'll learn how to read music, chord charts, theory, technique, and exercises to build your dexterity. You'll be able to play and perform the music you love quickly and efficiently.

Here's a quick biography:

DJ Jones started playing piano at the age of 4. He picked up the guitar at age 12 and has since learned several instruments including the trumpet, cello, drums, ukulele, banjo, melodica, etc. He recorded his first CD at age 14, started touring with several different bands and solo projects at age 15, and has since then played more than 300 shows mostly in Seattle Washington and Salt Lake City Utah. He spent the last year working as a studio musician before moving to Utah to study commercial music at Utah Valley University. He is currently a sophomore and has completed courses in music theory including jazz theory and harmony courses, ear training, voice lessons (choir and private voice lessons), guitar, piano, and composition. He studied classical music with Barbera Walton for one year and Jazz guitar under world traveling guitarist Craig Green. He studied classical piano under Marsha Brighton and Marsha Bjorn. He has performed with the Firth Orchestra and opened for several touring artists including Joshua James, Callie Moore, Cary Judd, Preston Pugmire, E for explosion, Danielle ate the sandwich, and Secondhand Serenade. DJ is a proficient songwriter, creating and arranging songs for Amor and Runaway dreams productions. He has been teaching guitar lessons at Brigham Larsons Pianos and privately since October of 2014 teaching both private and group guitar lessons. He has received top performance awards for the best violinist in Pocatello Idaho, and the best all around live performance award at LDS Business College, and winner of the 2012 classical guitar competition at the Idaho Falls Lutheran church. He has performed on 104.1 Classy rock, and on the live broadcast at LDS Business College. DJ's music is also featured in several indie films and local commercials. DJ has a music studio in Orem Utah where he has recorded local artists including Chase Larsen and Tyler Winn. He uses Pro tools along with several top of the line programs from Native - instruments, toontracks, Universal Audio, Waves, and Ableton to edit the music quickly and professionally. He started and ran the Acoustic Explosion competition 2012 and LDSBC Unplugged 2012 and his band Amor was the winning band at LDS Business Colleges battle of the bands. He played background piano music at several of the fundraising dinners at LDSBC and also was a founding member of ACBC an acoustic music club. DJ fixed up a stage and started finding bands to perform weekly at Wingers located on Hitt Road in Idaho Falls. Doing this raised company sales on weekends and provided a fun experience for the customers. He has worked as an accompanist at BYU Idaho and in Utah county where he accompanies two choirs. DJ was also a conductor for the stadium singing that would take place every Sunday in Rexburg 2011 to 2012. DJ currently lives in Orem Utah where he accompanies 3 local choirs and is teaching music full time.
I've had the privilege of teaching the guitar program at Brigham Larsen's since October of 2014 teaching both private and group lessons. I've taught music for more than seven years. Working as a professional studio musician for the Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Orem, UT 84097

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Composition (Music)

I started playing piano at the age of 4 and picked up the guitar 6 years later. Shortly after beginning the guitar I started playing original songs at coffeehouses and local venues. Using Pro tools and several virtual instruments, I've been able to compose several songs and soundtracks for indie films and local commercials around the state of Utah. I've studied music at BYU Idaho and I'm currently a junior at Utah Valley University where I'm studying commercial music.

Ear Training

I'm enrolled as a commercial music major at Utah Valley University. I've taught ear training as part of music lessons in Seattle Washington and Orem Utah. I accompany several local choirs around the Utah area (2 English choirs and 1 Spanish choir) as well as teaching music lessons to students at Brigham Larsen Piano's, I have experience teaching private lessons as well as group settings. I've played music for 21 years and have had ear training through private lessons and online programs.

General Music

I started playing piano at the age of 4 and the guitar at the age of 10. Since then I've learned several other instruments including the Banjo, Mandolin, Ukelele, Drums, Bass guitar, Melodica, Harmonica, Trumpet, Cello, and many more instruments. I've studied music theory and have been part of many music performing groups for the Orem Latin Choir to ACBC an acoustic performance group.


I've played guitar for 15 years. I play most styles of music. I read music and know theory quite well. Also I've been lucky enough to have been able to play nearly 300 shows and I still perform weekly gigs locally in Utah. I've studied jazz guitar with Craig Green for 2 years. I've taught guitar lessons at Brigham Larsen Piano's for one year and in home lessons for about 6 years.


I started playing the piano 21 years ago. I read music quite well. I accompany several choirs around Orem Utah. I'm involved in Luz de la nacionales and I accompany several LDS church choirs (2 English and 1 Spanish) I've studied piano for 10 years under Marsha Brighton and Marsha Bjorn at BYU Idaho. I know theory and I have 10 years of experience teaching piano in Idaho, Washington, and Utah.


I have written more than 200 songs including many for local bands around the Utah area. I've written songs for My fair fiend, Amor, Ahoy Captain, Kindred Dead, and several other local bands that I've played in or with. I've composed several orchestral scores and my music has been featured in indie film festivals for companies like runaway dreams, infants, and charlie purple productions.

Utah Valley University
Commercial music


Utah Valley University (Commercial music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Donald will travel within 10 miles of Orem, UT 84097.