Jerry S.

Jerry S.

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Goodlettsville, TN

About Jerry S.

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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 99

Overview

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 tedious…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 music…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.

Photos and Videos

Jerry playing with slides from Alaska.

Education

Bachelors in Music Education Sep 2002 - Feb 2004
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Il
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David Q. May 2, 2013
Piano
Piano

I had a teacher before, very nice lady but her way of teaching was not like the way Jerry teach, the way he explains the theory and the practice it is very easy and fun. really I am enjoying my classes
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JeriB December 29, 2011
Mom/Teacher

I am so glad to be able to leave a comment about Jerry S. I can't believe that we could be this blessed to find a teacher such as Jerry S.! we have been more than impressed. Thanks TakeLessons! You guys matched us up perfect! He has been on time for every lesson and gets right into the lesson with a joyful smile, making the girls feel very comfortable while they learn. Jerry is an inspiration to both my girls. He is an incredible teacher! I took lessons for 8 years and never looked forward to practicing or seeing my piano teacher like my girls do with Jerry. This means a lot to me as a parent who wants to see their children actually enjoy learning an instrument, and because of him....they really enjoy it more than they even did before. Getting them to practice now is not even a problem. This alone says a lot. He is very patient and kind. Best of all....Jerry is making piano fun for my girls while not missing any of the fundamentals of the piano. Oh! Even though he is humble...The man can play! You should hear him! Wow!Way to go TakeLessons! Thank you very much!