Jerry Yochelson

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ
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Jerry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
July 1998

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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Mozart's 250th Birthday

At a Wedding

Cranbury Scouts
Fife & Drum Corps.


21 Reviews

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Subash Apr 28, 2019
Violin · In studio

I am very glad that i found Mr.Jerry for violin classes. He is very nice and experienced teacher. As i am a beginer, He helped me tune my violin and and then he taught me all the basics about the instrument then he explaind me about the notes and taught me to play some notes. I really enjoyed the class and want to learn more. I will continue to take lessons with Mr. Jerry. I want to thank Mr. Jerry for making my first music class a nice experience.

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Neziah K. Dec 23, 2018
Violin · In studio

He is good

Anupam H. Sep 27, 2018
Flute · In studio

Jerry Is a wonderful teacher. He is extremely helpful And patient.

Jin Aug 26, 2018
Flute · In studio

I just had my very first flute lesson with Jerry this morning, and it was great! Jerry is very patient and encouraging!

Jim Nov 2, 2017
Violin · In studio

Jerry was friendly, very helpful for me as a beginner and extremely TOLLERANT to my screeching first lesson. By the end of lesson I was no longer embarrassed and started feeling good about going home to practice.

Kevin H. 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. 😀

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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!

Avantika K. Feb 11, 2016
Violin · In home

My daughter likes Mr Jerrys teaching . She says he is explaining everything the way she understand . It might be her 3rd class but we felt he is an excellent teacher . Thanks Mr Jerry

Dolores Dudley Jan 5, 2016
Violin · In home

Jerry was wonderful. Very knowledgeable,very patient and very personable, I just know I am going to enjoy all my lessons.

Harish P. Aug 28, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Excellent teacher. My Kids love him..

Andrew C. Jul 19, 2015
Violin · In studio

My ten years old son takes violin lesson from Jerry. He is very good and especially my son loves playing with him. We look forward to have many music experiences with Jerry.

Lisa L. Oct 22, 2014
Flute · In studio

My daughter is a beginner to lean flute. Jerry is nice and patient to teach her.

JackM1 Jan 10, 2012

Calm,thorough,structured. Easy to work with. Gets you to the objective without being demanding or pressure. If you are willing to do your part he will help you achieve your goals.

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