Jonathan Lane was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and started music in a public-school music program playing bass. He has an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Double Bass performance from the University of Michigan. Additional education includes a Summer Fellowship at Northwestern in Chicago and numerus conducting and orchestra education workshops with Marvin Rabin, William L. Jones, Donald Schleicher and other conductors.
Mr. Lane has taught elementary through college music for over 35 years. He was orchestra director at Shawnee Mission East High School for 31 years where he also taught middle school. During his time at Shawnee Mission East, the SM East orchestra performed as an Honor Orchestra at Chicago Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educator National Conference (MENC), the American String Teachers National (ASTA) convention and Kansas Music Educators Association conference. He has also been a guest clinician and given talks at the Mid- West Band and Orchestra clinic, Missouri Music Teachers Association and ASTA.
He has published articles for both the ASTA magazine and the Instrumentalist, and he is a contributor to the GIA series of books “Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra”. Mr. Lane has been on the faculty of many summer music camps including the Fort Hays summer music camp.
Jonathan Lane is also active as a professional double bass player and teacher. He keeps a private bass studio in the Kansas City area. Former students have gone on the top music schools like Indiana University and Julliard, some have gone on to play in the Hong Kong and the Wichita Symphonies. He has 3 grown children, two granddaughters, he also plays tennis and does yoga.
Jonathan Lane is an orchestra education expert. He is Artistic Director of the Westwood Ensemble , orchestra clinician for KC Strings and co-founder of the Global Strings Alliance