Jerry Yochelson

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ

About Jerry Y.

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Jerry teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: July 1998
Last sign in: Yesterday


I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.

I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now. I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.

I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their instruments, music, and stands.
I bring my own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Marching Band,
Ethnic (such as Jewish, Irish)

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16 Reviews on Jerry Y.

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Kevin Feb 26, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very patient and explains well
Henderson Feb 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jerry is a wonderful teacher for my kid. He is so nice and knowledgeable. We like him!
Joseph P. Feb 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Great guy, I was impressed with being able to do a waltz in 30 mins. One of the best teachers I ever had
Yifan L. Dec 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
very good
yifan Oct 27, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
next week
Emerson Sep 29, 2016
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has had 3 lessons with Jerry, so far, and she is loving it. He explains the violin so it easy for her to understand.
Ryan J. Aug 15, 2016
· Trombone · In home
Very knowledgeable person.
Richard C. May 26, 2016
· Violin · In home
good guy very tolerant of my beginner status
Alexis Feb 19, 2016
· Violin · In studio
We had a wonderful experience for our 1st visit. We really look forward to weekly lessons with Jerry. We feel comfortable with him, he's very detailed in explaining/teaching. And we didn't know how to tune the Violin but Jerry tuned it for us over and over again. 😀
Jennie Feb 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very nice teacher! My daughter is the very beginner and Jerry is patient letting her know everything about the violin and the music.

Thanks a lot!
Jerry Yochelson
Jerry Y.

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