Jacob has a wealth of experience teaching violin, viola and cello. Over the past decade he has been teaching privately, and in many private and public schools. During this experience he has successfully taught students ranging from 5 to 65 years individually and in group lessons. This includes many students with a vast range of learning disadvantages such as ADHD, Dyslexia and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Currently, as well as Nowra Christian School, he teaches at Nowra Anglican College, Gib Gate Mittagong, Frensham and Moss Vale Public School. In the past he has also taught at Robertson Public School, Mittagong Public School, Goulburn Public School, Tudor House Moss Vale, the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium and the Wollongong Conservatorium.
Jacob has completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) and is also a qualified classroom music teacher. Having majored in Music Education, this degree has given him a great insight into how students learn and how to achieve the best outcomes in every student. Some of his free choice subjects included Strings Pedagogy, Conducting, Ensemble Pedagogy and Choral Pedagogy.
Regularly performing in the community, Jacob currently holds the position of Principal 2nd Violin in Steel City Strings, a professional string orchestra that performs regularly in Nowra, Wollongong and the Southern Highlands. He is also featured in the documentary “The Passion of Music” about the orchestra by acclaimed filmmaker Tony Williams. In addition to the Steel City Strings, he also regularly performs at weddings and functions as part of the Shoalhaven Strings and also performs regularly with Illawarra En Pointe Productions and various community orchestras.
Jacob encourages his students to achieve the best possible sound and technique as well as understanding musical interpretation by giving his students the means to express music in their own way. He also sets goals that while challenging, give them a great sense of achievement when completed. This sets them up with the mindset that they can achieve anything with hard work and persistence.