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About Jonathan Merkel

Jonathan Merkel
Jonathan Merkel
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Bel Air, MD
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Guitar, Guitar
Education: BA Commercial Music from Musicians Institute 1999
Performance Experience: I played guitar in several jazz and rock bands mostly around Los Angeles when I lived there. Since 2010 I have solely focused on performing, writing, recording and producing music for tv, film and commercial placements. My strongest styles are jazz, pop, rock and Latin music.
Teaching Experience: I have been teaching private students since 1997 at various schools, primarily guitar and music production. I also guest lecture yearly on how to place music in tv shows, films, etc. at Temple University since 2015.
Teaching Philosophy: I tailor all of my lessons to the students needs and interests. I have a large and constantly growing collection of personal lessons, sheet music and transcriptions to help all of my students. When I use method books they are mostly the Hal Leonard series.

Get to know Jonathan Merkel

Jonathan is a multi instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and composer versed in many styles of music. He studied guitar from a young age, learning other instruments and skills along the way. He earned a BA in contemporary music from Musicians Institute and also took classes at UCLA Extension and at Berklee School of Music. He now co owns Beat Chamber and Beat Chamber Records where he produces artists and music for TV, film, commercial and media placements.

Jonathan has written and co written hundreds of songs and instrumental tracks that have been featured and placed on television shows, films, commercials, albums, etc. Jonathan is also a guest lecturer on composing, producing and the music business, he has spoken at Temple University yearly since 2015.

Some of my song placements include

TV Shows – Manifest (NBC), Shameless (Showtime), The Goldbergs (ABC), Grand Hotel (ABC), Abbys (ABC), S.W.A.T. (CBS), All American (CW), Black-ish (ABC), Bloodline (Netflix), Bull (CBS), The Arrangement (E!), Blue Mountain State (Spike), Burn Notice (USA), CSI (CBS), The Club (Netflix), Yankee (Netflix), Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club (MTV), Complications (USA), From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey), Looking (HBO), Rosewood (Fox), Sneaky Pete (Amazon Prime), When Heroes Fly (Netflix), Training Day (CBS), 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament, 24 To Life (LMN), A Little Too Farr (Rated Red), Access Hollywood (NBC), Alaska Gold Diggers (Animal Planet), Bad Girls Club (Oxygen), Celebrities Undercover (Oxygen), Challenge Battle of the Bloodlines (MTV), Challenge Cutthroat (MTV), Church Rescue (NatGeo), Cities of the Underworld (History), Container Wars (TruTV), Dopesick Nation (Vice), Dr. Miami (WE TV), E! News Live (E!), Flipping Vegas (A&E), Hollywood and Football (E!), House of Food (MTV), Ink Paper Scissors (BET), Invention USA (History), Its Effin Science (G4), Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!), LA Hair (We TV), Love Scouts (Oxygen), Moving In (MTV), Museum Men (H2), Onion Sports Dome (Comedy Central), Ozzy and Jacks World Detour (History), Parental Control (MTV), Popped (Fuse), Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen), Quiero Mis Quinces (MTV3), Real World Road Rules (MTV), Rob and Chyna (E!), Rock Dinner (MTV), Rupauls Drag Race (VH1), Spring Break Challenges (MTV), Storage Hunters (TruTV), Sunset Tan (E!), Swamp Hunters (CMT), Teen Cribs (MTV), Teen Mom (MTV), Thingamabob (H2), Total Divas (E!), Very Cavallari (E!), Watch Over Me (My Network), Wicked Offer (CW), Xperiment (BET), Young and the Restless (CBS), Your Business (MSNBC)

Films – The Tax Collector, The Predator (Fox), Peppermint, Lean On Pete, Rough Night, El Camino A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix), Life in a Year (Amazon), 99 Homes (indie film), Arena (IMPC), Killing Hasselhof (indie film), Happy Birthday (indie film), Send It! (Indie), Battle of the Wedding Planners (TLC), Locker Room Addiction (Direct TV), Space Between Us (STX), The Perfect Guy (Sony), Win It All (Netflix)

Commercials – AT&T, Nike, LA Times, The Shield (FX), Mr. Brooks, Sony Blueray
Jonathan Merkel teaches at:
5-N Bel Air S Pkwy Suite 1415
Bel Air, MD 21015
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