Absolute beginners to advanced.
Always wanted to learn to play piano? Now is the time! My name is Jerry and I am an experienced, patient, gentle teacher, with over 20 years teaching and performing experience. I teach all ages, from beginners to advanced students. Learn to read or play by ear. Just want to learn a few of your favorite songs...we can do that too.
I have a B.A. in Music Education and plenty of real world experience:
Private teaching: Scores of students over the last twenty years.
Performing: Decades as band member, leader and solo performances. I have worked with Herbie Hancock, Mary Wells, Greg Kihn and Jessie Colin Young, to name a few.
Public school system: Over five years teaching music in Cook County (Chicago area), IL.
You may also hear me play every Monday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Woody's Steakhouse in Madison. Come enjoy some great food and music!
Make 2014 the year you finally learn to play, it can be fun and rewarding.
*** Lesson Details ***
Self motivation is your greatest ally; I want to help you become motivated and fall in love with the piano.
Beginners can expect to work from method books. The basics are very important and do not need to be tediousâ¦and every piano player/musician goes through this process. Once the basics are learned, we can explore any music you like.
We will begin to explore harmony and music theory; build a chord vocabulary; learn to read a "lead sheet" and even learn to play by ear, using theory to anticipate certain patterns in the musicâ¦there are always patterns! If you are a songwriter, I can help you with that as well.
Music is a mystery waiting to be unraveled. Let's get started!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with Yamaha moX8 digital piano, recording equipment, and seating for parents.
*** Specialties ***
For young beginners I like to use a method book such as Bastien or Alfred. For students with a certain reading proficiency, I generally choose material from my personal library. If a student has a specific request, whether written material or something to learn by ear, I encourage it. I teach any style. I especially like jazz, but never force it on anyone.
I'm always trying to find what my student is interested in. Often they don't know, but when they do...I like to go with that.