Jason’s love of music began at an early age learning piano. A solo pianist and multi- instrumentalist, he loves using his musical gifts and talents to bless others. He plays piano regularly on Saturday nights at the Amish Door Restaurant in Wilmot, OH. He has performed at many venues including Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Jason is also available to teach private piano, harp, guitar, and mountain dulcimer lessons from his home studio & onsite at your home in the Holmes County, OH area. He enjoys many styles of music including hymns and gospel, Celtic, classical, light jazz (Charlie Brown), standards, etc. and also plays and teaches a variety of other instruments including the harps that he builds, classical guitar, dulcimer, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, accordion, violin, and even bagpipes!
Jason specializes in playing for venues/special events that need peaceful background/dinner music and is available for performing a concert at churches, businesses, retirement homes, coffee houses, etc. His beautiful wife Jenny and daughters Joy & Faith are also are available to do concerts as a family at churches/venues where they sing together with ukuleles, perform special music and well known hymns, and share testimonies of God's faithfulness. They are known as the "Fawks Family Musicians"!
Jason has a CD available that he recorded on a Steinway Grand comprised of traditional hymns he arranged. It is called "Hymns on a Steinway”. Jason sees music as a universal language, a gift from God, which has the ability to touch people like few things can.
Jason holds an MA in International Development from William Carey International University in Pasadena, CA. He has served as adjunct teaching faculty for WCIU using the ZOOM platform to teach students from all over the world.
My teaching style is one in which I seek to be not just a teacher but also a coach. By this I mean that I want to help develop and bring out the love and gift of music in my students. I desire to inspire through my example and help the student to learn at their interest and level. This means that as I teach I am also a student, because I treat each student as an individual and want them to learn to play music in the style that they enjoy, even if this means pushing me out of my normal comfort zone. I am a teacher who desires students with a motive to learn. I am willing to work with all levels of gifting and am not a teacher who will make a student feel bad about mistakes, as I believe they are the secret to learning. J.S. Bach said the music was given for two purposes: the glory of God and the recreation of the human soul. I see music as a universal language because it spans all spoken languages and culture. Although I teach at an advanced level, my special gift is in teaching beginnings students who are inspired to learn music for themselves by my diversity in instruments that I play and teach.
This is my general list but I work with each student and sometimes use others:
Piano: I use the All in One Approach by Alfred for Adults and the All in One Approach for children by Helen Marlais
Guitar: Everybody's Strum & Play Guitar Chords
Harp:Teach Yourself to Play Folkharp by Sylvia Woods
Dulcimer: First Lessons Dulcimer Joyce Ochs
Ukulele: Everybody Ukulele Method by Lynch & Groeber & Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Tips 'N' Tunes by Jim Beloff
Accordion: Deluxe Accordion Method Frank Zucco
Harmonica: Instant Harmonica by David McKelvy
Mandolin: Bluegrass Mandolin Basics by Dennis Caplinger
Banjo: MelBay's Complete Bluegrass Banjo Method by Neil Griffin
Violin/Fiddle Suzuki Method and Deluxe Fiddling Method by Craig Duncan
Irish Whistle: The Clarke Tin Whistle: Deluxe Edition by Bill Ochs