- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I provide my students short-term and long-term goals. Below are just a few milestones (by level) that we work towards.
Young Beginner (ages 6 through 11):
•Play melody parts to 5 traditional songs.
•Learn and strum 6 different three-string chords (Emin, G, G7, C, Amin, D7).
•Understanding of and ability to perform rhythmic values: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes).
•Ability to read and play 8 notes on the first 3 strings, in 1st position.
•Play a classical music melody ( e.g. "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, "Surprise Symphony" by Hayden, etc.).
•Understanding of solfege syllables ( do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti).
•Play the C major scale, ascending and descending.
•Recognizing and performing dynamic markings in music (piano [soft] to forte [loud]).
Young Intermediate (ages 8 through 13):
•Read and play all 17 notes in first position.
•Read and play notated triad chords.
•Play 3 types of A minor scales (natural, harmonic, and melodic).
•Learn and strum 7 full open chords ( E, Amin, C, G7, A7, Emin, G).
•Recognizing and playing accidental markings (sharp, flat, & natural signs) in music notation.
•Understanding of and ability to perform rhythmic values: eighth notes, dotted quarter notes).
•Reading music in different key signatures (G major / E minor, D major / B minor).
•Play a complete song from the pop, rock, or folk genre (e.g. "Let it Be", "Wish You Were Here", "Brown Eyed Girl")
•Play a classical music melody ("Minuet in G", "Fur Elise", etc.)
•Begin to improvise using Major and Minor pentatonic scales.
Intermediate to Advanced:
•Major and Minor Diatonic Scales in all 12 keys.
•Learn chord forms and arpeggios in all positions: Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th, Diminished, Augmented.
•Play melody, chords, and improvise on a jazz standard (e.g. "Autumn Leaves", "Summertime", "Night & Day").
•Memorize a classical piece using fingerpicking technique (e.g. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", "Romanza", "Lagrima").
•Learn a jazz guitar solo by ear (transcription).
•Understanding of and ability to perform rhythmic values: sixteenths, triplets, dotted eighths, syncopated rhythms).
•Reading music in all 12 key signatures, Major and Minor.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2001
Gerald earned his Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 2005, he returned to the New York area to perform professionally. He released two solo album and has toured throughout the U.S. For the past 10 years, he's been the lead guitarist and singer for the Platinum Soul Band, performing classical, jazz, and pop music for weddings. He also works steadily as a "fill-in" for many of the Hank Lane bands performing at events throughout the Tri-State Area.
Since 2006, Gerald has been on the guitar faculty at Westerhoff School of Music and Art in Metuchen, NJ as a private instructor. He's also taught general music classes, grades K through 6, at St. Paul's School in Princeton, NJ . Gerald moved to Ditmas Park, Brooklyn in 2012, drawn by its thriving music and arts community. He founded Ditmas Park Guitar in 2014 and aims to inspire students to grow, not only as guitarists, but also as well-rounded musicians.
Offering lessons for acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, and ukelele.
Guitarist/Vocalist with 11 piece band for weddings/corporate events. Classical and jazz guitarist for ceremonies and cocktail hours.
My 11 year-old son really loves his guitar lessons with Gerald. Gerald is understanding and patient, and he makes learning guitar interesting and fun for kids, with a thoughtful combination of classical and rock & roll material. He's serious with his students when warranted, and playful and funny when it makes sense to be. When I told my son that I was writing this review, he got excited and asked me to write, "Gerald's the best!" I do believe he's right:)+ Read More