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Get to Know Jerald Simon

(Author, Composer, Poet, Photographer, Music Mentor)

My name is Jerald Simon. First and foremost, I am a husband to my beautiful wife, Zanny (her name is Suzanne - but anyone who knows her calls her Zanny), and a father to my three wonderful children, Summer, Preston, and Matthew. They are wonderful and everything I do is for them. God and family always comes first in my life!

I am the founder of Music Motivation® (musicmotivation.com), and the creator of the Cool Songs Series (musicmotivation.com/coolsongs), and the Essential Piano Exercises Course (essentialpianoexercises.com). I teach weekly online group piano lessons to students all over the world (essentialpianolessons.com). I have a YouTube channel (youtube.com/jeraldsimon) and I love learning everything I can and want to help myself and others do our best and live our best life.

This is my Purpose and Mission in life:

“My purpose and mission in life is to motivate myself and others through my music and writing, to help others find their purpose and mission in life, and to teach values that encourage everyone everywhere to do and be their best.” – Jerald Simon

Here is an official bio you can use...

First and foremost, Jerald is a husband to his beautiful wife, Zanny, and a father to his wonderful children. Jerald Simon is the founder of Music Motivation® (musicmotivation.com), a company he formed to provide music instruction through workshops, giving speeches and seminars, concerts and performances in the field of music and motivation. He is a composer, author, poet, and Music Mentor/piano teacher (primarily focusing his piano teaching on music theory, improvisation, composition, and arranging). Jerald loves spending time with his wife, Zanny, and their children. In addition, he loves music, teaching, speaking, performing, playing sports, exercising, reading, writing poetry and self help books, and gardening.

Jerald Simon is the founder of Music Motivation® and focuses on helping piano students and piano teachers learn music theory, improvisation, and composition. He refers to these areas as: Theory Therapy™, Innovative Improvisation™, and Creative Composition™. Simon is an author and composer and has written 30 music books featuring almost 300 original compositions, 15 albums (you can listen to Jerald’s music on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and all online music stations. Jerald’s books and CDs are also available from Amazon, Wal-Mart.com, Barnes and Noble and all major retail outlets). He has published three motivational poetry books featuring over 400 original poems (poetrythatmotivates.com), and is the creator of the best-selling Cool Songs Series (musicmotivation.com/coolsongs), the best-selling Essential Piano Exercises Series (essentialpianoexercises.com) and Essential Piano Lessons for piano students (essentialpianolessons.com). He has also created Essential Piano Teachers for piano teachers (essentialpianoteachers.com). You can watch Jerald’s videos on his YouTube channel at: youtube.com/jeraldsimon. Listen to Jerald’s music on all streaming sites and his podcast, Music, Motivation, and More – The Positivity Podcast with Jerald Simon on all podcast platforms.

In 2008, Jerald began creating his Cool Songs to help teach music theory – the FUN way, by putting FUN back into theory FUNdamentals. Jerald has also filmed hundreds of piano lesson video tutorials on his YouTube page (youtube.com/jeraldsimon). In addition to music books and albums, he is the author/poet of “The As If Principle” (motivational poetry), and the books “Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers,”“Motivation in a Minute,” and “Who Are You?”.

Here is a message from Jerald to piano students and parents:

If you come to piano lessons each week and walk away only having learned about music notation, rhythm, and dots on a page, then I have failed as a Music Mentor. Life lessons are just as important, if not more important than music lessons. I would rather have you learn more about goal setting and achieving, character, dedication, and personal improvement. To have you learn to love music, appreciate it, and play it, is a wonderful byproduct you will have for the rest of your life – a talent that will enrich your life and the lives of others. To become a better musician is wonderful and important, but to become a better person is more important.

As a Music Mentor I want to mentor students to be the very best they can be. If you choose not to practice, you essentially choose not to improve. This is true in any area of life. Everyone has the same amount of time allotted to them. What you choose to do with your time, and where you spend your time, has little to do with the activities being done and more to do with the value attached to each activity.

I believe it’s important to be well-rounded and have many diverse interests. I want students to enjoy music, to learn to be creative and understand how to express themselves musically – either by creating music of their own, or interpreting the music of others – by arranging and improvising well known music. In addition, I encourage students to play sports, dance, sing, draw, read, and develop all of their talents. I want them to be more than musicians, I want them to learn to become well-rounded individuals.

Above all, I want everyone to continually improve and do their best. I encourage everyone to set goals, dream big, and be the best they can be in whatever they choose to do. Life is full of wonderful choices. Choose the best out of life and learn as much as you can from everyone everywhere. I prefer being called a Music Mentor because I want to mentor others and help them to live their dreams.

Your life is your musical symphony. Make it a masterpiece!

Have Jerald Present to Your Music Studio

(or Piano Teacher Association, Chapter, or Organization)

Here are some topics Jerald presents on as a featured speaker in seminars, master classes, etc.:

  • ​"Innovative Improvisation" - Learn how to Play the Same Song 100 Different Ways.
  • ​"Hymn Arranging 101" - How to Arrange Hymns Quickly and Beautifully.
  • ​"The Practical Application of Music Theory" (you know your music theory, now learn what you can do with it).
  • ​"Piano FUNdamentals" (emphasis on the word FUN) - Learn to play the piano - the FUN Way!
  • ​"Learn Chords in Minutes...once you understand INTERVALS" - The Building Blocks of Music Theory.
  • ​"Chord Calisthenics" - Learn the Essential Piano Exercises Every Piano Player Should Know.
  • ​"Unleash the COMPOSER WITHIN!" (Learn about melodic, harmonic, and holistic composing components).
  • ​"How to Motivate Teen Piano Students (or adults) to WANT to PLAY the PIANO with COOL SONGS!"
  • ​"How to Make Money as a Musician." Practice, perform, improvise, and compose like a musician - but think and operate like a BUSINESS!

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