Jerry S.

Jerry S.

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Goodlettsville, TN

About Jerry S.

Background check: Last verified 10/15/2014
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Jerry teaches: Males 6 and up
Females 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 1990
Last sign in: Last week
Average response time: 27 hours

Overview

Always wanted to learn to play piano? Now is the time!

Hi, my name is Jerry and I am an experienced, patient, gentle teacher, with over 20 years teaching and performing experience. I teach all ages, beginners to more advanced students. Learn to read musical notation, chord symbols and play by ear. Learn your favorite songs.

I have a B.A. in Music Education and plenty of real world experience.
• Private teaching: Scores of students over the last 20 years.
• Public School System: Over 5 years teaching music (K-12) in the Chicago area.
• Performance: Decades as a band member, leader and solo performer. I have worked with Herbie Hancock, Mary Wells, Greg Kihn and Jessie Colin Young, to name a few.
• I am currently performing every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Woody’s Steakhouse in Madison. Stop by and say hello. I’d love to talk with you.

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”. There are a number of authors available and all are designed to help in learning musical notation, theory, vocabulary, technique, etc. I like to add selections from my own library and encourage the use of various web sites that offer free chord charts, lyrics and tutorials on learning a specific song.

Make 2015 the year you finally learn to play! Music is a beautiful mystery waiting to be unraveled. Let’s get started!

Photos and Videos

Jerry playing "God Bless the Child", with slides from Alaska.

Experience

General Music Teacher (K-8) Sep 2005 - Jun 2010
Cook County Public Schools (Chicago, IL)

Teach general music concepts, history, appreciation, etc.
Direct student chorus in Holiday Concert and Annual Variety Show.

Education

Bachelors in Music Education Sep 2002 - Feb 2004
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Il
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Olivia O. September 26, 2014
Piano · In home
Jerry has been great with my 9-year-old daughter. She is a beginner, and he has gone at her pace, and been encouraging without over-praising her. He is playful and friendly, and is consistently on time.
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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!