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Senator Jason C. Priest

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J. Priest Investment Management Inc
1010-3391 Bloor St. West
Etobicoke , Ontario m8x 1g3

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Employment History

  • President and Portfolio Manager
    J. Priest Investment Management Inc
  • Owner
    Little Rock Jams
  • Guitar and Bass Instructor
    Little Rock Jams
  • Owner
    Hamilton Venture Group, LLC
  • State Senator
    Montana Legislature

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Little Rock Jams


  • McClellan High School
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Little Rock Jams - Guitar, Bass, Drum, Piano and Vocal Instructors, 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
Jason Priest
Guitar/Bass Instructor
Over the next 20 years, Jason studied privately with several teachers in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee, as well as taking guitar electives at UALR. Early in his 20's, Jason learned to play bass and keyboard to aid in creating his own music, an eclectic blend of funk, rock and jazz.
During this time, Jason was actively climbing the corporate ladder in his career with AT&T, but always took advantage of opportunities to play and teach when available. In 2006, Jason finally decided to pursue his true passion for music and open Little Rock Jams. His intent was to create a lesson studio in the Central Arkansas area that would offer both lessons and jam opportunities for the students, as well as create a studio that would instill into all students a passion for making music.
Managing the actual-rockband to ..., 30 Nov 2008 [cached]
Managing the actual-rockband to learning-experience ratio is Jason Priest, founder of Little Rock Jams. Priest organized the best and most willing guitar, bass and drum students into three bands in September, and has been leading them through rehearsals twice a week since.
The rock-band-incubation will culminate Dec. 12-13 with a concert each band will perform for family, friends and schoolmates they are charged to invite through printed fliers, MySpace and Facebook pages and Twitter feeds (self-promotion being as critical to a band's success as technique and instrumentation ).
The Dec. 12 performance will be at 8 p. m., while Dec. 13 shows are scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m. Admission to Little Rock Jams, 10720 Rodney Parham Road, will be one canned good for donation to a food drive. Although organizers expect most of the audience to have been personally alerted by a band member, anyone with a can and curiosity about Rock School will be admitted.
"It's almost like a recital," Priest says of the impending Rock School graduation for his inaugural class, "except way cooler.8, opened Little Rock Jams using seed money he collected in a buyout he accepted when AT&T took over SBC Communications and the company was trimming staff. The move indulged a dream of playing guitar full-time that Priest had maintained since he was a teenager growing up in southwest Little Rock, where he attended McClellan High School and cruised Geyer Springs Road with other metalheads. They were, he recalls, #8220,the good old days when AC / DC tickets were $ 18. 50 at Barton Coliseum." Priest's formative years are reflected in the songs he has enforced on Rock School students, who've puzzled over Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and his most unpopular choice, the Def Leppard anthem "Rock of Ages." " There were a lot of comments about spandex and mullets, " Priest admits.
But Priest's biggest competition โ€” and arguably his biggest opportunity โ€” isn't the oeuvre of the punk-metal band Snot, whose songs some students have requested he teach them, or the Jonas Brothers, whom younger Little Rock Jams pupils wish to emulate. (The youngest client of Little Rock Jams proper is 7; the oldest is a 72-year-old man who decided to take up guitar in his retirement. )
Instead, it becomes obvious in a certain distraction noticed immediately by another Flaming Ice Cubes guitarist as he enters the rehearsal space. The teenager is driven by either his mother or grandmother the more than two hours from the town of Hermitage, near El Dorado, for each rehearsal. A paused video image projected on a wall opposite the stage holds an allure, even though it isn't why he came.
"That Guitar Hero over there," the boy mutters, "is very tempting.,S JOURNEY Priest acknowledges that rock-star-mimicry video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band represent more of an influence for interest in Rock School than, say, the Jack Black film School of Rock, released back in 2003, when many current Rock School students were more interested in Finding Nemo.
"We definitely see an influx of students come from those video games," Priest says.
"Two years ago he wanted to be a professional wrestler, so we're making progress.e dedicated parent following, there is likely some element of the football-dad phenomenon #8212, frustrated would-be garage rockers living vicariously through their sons. (Though Little Rock Jams teaches a few girls, whom Priest characterizes in the mold of singer-songwriters Jewel and Alanis Morissette, the initial class of Rock School was all boys. No girl students auditioned. )
Clay and his father came to Little Rock Jams as a duo, by enrolling in classes together.
"It was, like, a father-son thing," Clay says. "But he wasn't asked to be in Rock School.on might still have its day: In addition to planning Rock School 2, Priest is considering forming Adult Rock School. ROCK STARS, WITH LIMITS As for his current crop of proteges, Priest hopes the December concerts will be evaluated based on the same standards the audience would apply in deciding whether they liked any rock band.
#8220,We want people to applaud because the songs sounded good," he says, "not because, 'Oh, y'all are kids and you're trying hard. 'd to get Rock School students, including the third band on the roster, High Voltage, to carry themselves like real rock stars, onstage posturing and all.
#8220,We're trying to get them to do the ' Thank you, Little Rock !' thing โ€” all that," Priest muses.
Like a long line of musicians before him, Clay has struck upon an advantage of rock stardom, even in its academic form.
"It definitely helps with your popularity," he says.
But there are certain distinctions between "rock star" and Rock School. The most excessive act his students have committed on stage is to eat pizza, Priest says.
Consistency is also highly important, and ... [cached]
Consistency is also highly important, and that's where parents come in, said Jason Priest, owner of Little Rock Jams. Parents should encourage and support regular practices to ensure their children achieve their goals. Priest said when kids get in the habit of practicing, they see improvement and playing becomes fun.
"Once they've got the basics, it's time to make music," Priest said.
The fundamentals of musical theory and reading music - all part of music lessons - are something that kids can build upon for the rest of their lives, he said.
Children also need a creative outlet to express themselves, Priest said.
"They get the discipline needed to practice and the dedication to progress," Priest said.
Most music educators recommend starting lessons around age 5, but Priest said it's never too early to introduce kids to music. That can mean simply allowing young children to listen to music or playing musical games.
When looking for a studio for their child's music lessons, Lewis and Priest suggest looking for family-friendly environments that encourage parents to take active role.
Priest said most instructors can offer suggestions for instruments within all price ranges.
For example, parents and instructors should discuss their goals and expectations for the lesson, as well as time and financial commitments, Priest said.
They have about 220 students, Priest said.
Jason Priest of Little ... [cached]
Jason Priest of Little Rock Jams is running a new blog series called My Life and Music. He asked me and a handful of other guitar bloggers to tell their personal musical life stories. His blog caters to his local guitar students in the Little Rock area, and this series is meant to inspire and educate his students about spending a lifetime with music.
Check out the nice things Jason said about me:
School of Everything | School Blog [cached]
The Web can be a great way to promote your teaching - as long as you keep it personal and focused, and remember to spend some time actually teaching, says Jason Priest, founder of guitar studio Little Rock Jams.
Jason left a corporate career to start his guitar teaching studio, and has never looked back. "I often say I haven't worked a day since I left corporate life," he says. "I've put in many more hours running my own business than I ever did in an office; but it doesn't feel like working because it's what I want to do."
As well as being committed to teaching, Jason is well-versed in the Web. I asked him: where do guitar aficionados hang out online? "It's insane, the quantity and quality of guitar content on the Web," he told me. "To the point that guitarists may spend more time surfing the Web than they actually do playing/practicing. As a musician, you should spend more time with your instrument rather than your laptop - that's my teacher side coming out!"
There's a few guitar websites he'd recommend, though. "For gear talk, there's only one place: Guitar Heads. Plus, the two guys running the site, Gary and Dan, love what they do - and they have a great community with guitar reviews, contests, forums, video tutorials, guitar lessons and a lot more." Jason also recommends From The Woodshed, the personal blog of guitar music scholar Joe Walker.
As well as hanging out with other guitarists in communities and blogs, Jason has built Little Rock Jams into a friendly resource for anyone interested in learning guitar, whether they're likely to become face-to-face students or not.
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