gerard rollock
Waltham, MA
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gerard R.

Waltham, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Basically,meeting the student's need in the exploration of Music.The 3 important elements in any Musical example are rhythm, harmony and melody.These core elements are present irregardless of the style whether it be traditional, contemporary or Jazz.Whatever genre the student chooses ,these elements are fundamentally present.My aim is not to necessarily channel them to become professional musicians ie practicing scales and technical exercises daily but to introduce them to lets say ----what is a chord, what melodic line fits nicely over that chord, what's----the meter? Is it in 2 ,3 or 4.etc.I also encourage my students to attend concerts, performed by children their age.Music is first an aural tradition.Listening and seeing others performed excites the musical journey.

About gerard R.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Music Education, I have a working knowledge of all the instruments in the orchestra.My principal instrument is both the Electric and double basses, with a minor in piano.As a teacher,i have worked in the public school arena ,both at the elementary, secondary,and high school levels.I currently teach privately ,providing music instruction to families in their homes.My professional career as performer covers a wide spectrum of genres,from jazz, contemporary/gospel and caribbean music viz calypso and latin rhythms.My goal as a instructor into introduce students to music, while unravelling the mystery of its' three components--melody,harmony and rhythm.Irregardless of whatever the musical preference is, these components occur.I welcome beginners of all ages, who are willing to practice at least 30 to1 hour per day.For the intermediate to advance student, who already have acquired at least 5 years working knowledge on their instrument, and would like to venture into improvisation are also invited.Would cover learning of songs, scales,patterns using play along rhythm tracks ex. Jamey Abersold series.In closings I also encourage students to go out and see performances.This acts as a great motivator in the musical process.

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Stan
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I don’t know where to start raving about this magnificent person. Gerry Rollock has been a colleague of mine since 2003. Having worked with him for many years in a performance setting, Gerry is a consummate musician able to play in many styles. He worked with my organization Music Teachers Collaborative (2003-2020) as an in-home piano instructor. Gerry was always on time, traveling to each home in a safe manner arriving with a fresh perspective for each individual student. And they all liked him! His gentle teaching manner is perfect for all ages. Hire him for your son, daughter or yourself and you will be very happy that you did. The results will be evident in the way you will enjoy playing the piano.

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Shiri
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Gerry is the best piano teacher! He’s been teaching my kids for years. He has so much patience and a good sense of humor and makes piano fun and lighthearted, I whole heartedly recommend Gerry for piano lessons!

Posted Jan 18, 2021

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