Music for the Ages

Phoenix, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Playing music is fun and learning to play music should also be fun. Too many music instructors simply follow standard methods that might not apply to what you want to learn or to the time frame in which you wish to learn it. Others simply show you how to memorize finger positions to play incomplete songs or just the main riffs. I customize my lessons to your needs and over the course of the lessons, begin to unravel the bigger picture of how the music is put together (theory), how to add a more professional sound (technique), and how to take your playing to the next level, while still keeping it fun and engaging.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I've never met a person who honestly did not like music. And I've never met a person who never ever wished they could learn to play an instrument. I have however met many people who became discouraged or disillusioned with the lessons they took or the methods their instructors used to teach which made them give up on their instrument. I enjoy giving people the opportunity to do what they've always wanted to do, that is, to play an instrument, and to have fun playing the kind of songs they enjoy listening to. My approach allows this to happen while continuing to enjoy each and every lesson with each new song to learn.
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Location

Phoenix, AZ 85053

Background check

Complete

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

3 Reviews
  • Henry P. May 8, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    I hired Gerry for my mother's funeral service, after another musician I had been working with didn't work out. And at the last minute, when I was in a pinch and getting stressed, Gerry graciously jumped in to help me out. Gerry performed amazingly (I even saw the Catholic priest tapping his feet and moving!) Gerry made the service a great experience for my family and I deeply appreciate what he did for us. Gerry is a genuinely nice individual and a very kind and compassionate person. He made an impact on all my family members with his heartfelt performance. I would HIGHLY recommend Gerry for any musical needs! Awesome person!
  • Becca L. Oct 1, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Gerry is very good at what he does. I LOVE that he comes to my home and gives me one-on-one attention. He makes time to answer my silly questions without judgement. Good teacher and good person. I recommend him!
  • Stephanie J. Jun 20, 2013
    Music Lessons
    Verified Review
    My Husband and I chose Gerry for our music lessons and we're very happy we did! My husband is learning guitar and I am learning keyboard. He is very proficient and knowledgable in both. His approach to teaching is fun and unconventional... meaning I wasn't just sitting there trying to read notes that made no sense to me. I learned quite a bit in one lesson and am actually enjoying the learning process. Thanks, Gerry!
  • Henry P. May 8, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    I hired Gerry for my mother's funeral service, after another musician I had been working with didn't work out. And at the last minute, when I was in a pinch and getting stressed, Gerry graciously jumped in to help me out. Gerry performed amazingly (I even saw the Catholic priest tapping his feet and moving!) Gerry made the service a great experience for my family and I deeply appreciate what he did for us. Gerry is a genuinely nice individual and a very kind and compassionate person. He made an impact on all my family members with his heartfelt performance. I would HIGHLY recommend Gerry for any musical needs! Awesome person!
  • Becca L. Oct 1, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Gerry is very good at what he does. I LOVE that he comes to my home and gives me one-on-one attention. He makes time to answer my silly questions without judgement. Good teacher and good person. I recommend him!
  • Stephanie J. Jun 20, 2013
    Music Lessons
    Verified Review
    My Husband and I chose Gerry for our music lessons and we're very happy we did! My husband is learning guitar and I am learning keyboard. He is very proficient and knowledgable in both. His approach to teaching is fun and unconventional... meaning I wasn't just sitting there trying to read notes that made no sense to me. I learned quite a bit in one lesson and am actually enjoying the learning process. Thanks, Gerry!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
As a teacher, I am always involved with workshops and other events that continue to sharpen my general and musical teaching skills. As a music director and expert educator, I am the one who conducts the workshops that train other musicians and educators to sharpen their teaching skills to develop creative ways to include music in the classroom across their entire curriculum. I also conduct workshops on sound production, both live and studio, especially tailored for churches.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Remember that YOU are hiring your music instructor, not the other way around. Within reason, the instructor should accommodate YOUR request and adequately explain any deviation from it in a way that makes sense to you and still keeps your interest. Experienced instructors are able to teach you what YOU want and include the bigger picture of what you should know as part of the lesson and still make it fun.