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Genres You Will Love
Classical: New Age Moods: Christian Moods: Mood: Christmas Spiritual: Hymns New Age: Contemporary Instrumental

By Location
United States - Utah United States - United States

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Jerald Simon

Jerald's Purpose and Mission...

"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

"Jerald Simon's arrangements are as beautiful as they are musically interesting. I'm sure people are going to love hearing them in church meetings or wherever they are played." - Jon Schmidt (Piano Guys)

"Jerald's motivational poetry, writing and music education books are a true expression of Jerald's winning personality and innovation. He is a Utah treasure."
- David Burger, Music critic, arts reporter, Salt Lake Tribune

"Jerald Simon's music motivation program is brilliant and should inspire and encourage any piano student to stick with it."
- Paul Cardall, New Age artist, composer, and founder of Stone Angel Music

"What I love about arrangements of well-sung songs done by various artists is that one can hear the pianist's personality come through in a very real and intimate way. Jerald's passion for life and his beliefs comes through in his unique and distinctive arrangements of these well-known religious hymns." - Kurt Bestor (Owner, Kurt Bestor Music)

"Jerald Simon's arrangement of A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief is peaceful and soothing. It is not rushed, allowing lines to breathe and resolve. He continues to produce music that will bring spiritual comfort to those who are listening." - Josh Wright (concert pianist and online piano teacher)

"If everyone would live by the themes expressed in Jerald's poetry, the world would be a much better place." - David Burger, Music critic, arts reporter, Salt Lake Tribune

"Jerald’s session on improvisation and composition was an eye opener for my students! Using a wealth of creative techniques, enhancing basic theory with jazz elements...his workshop left my students excited and anxious to get home to their pianos. What more can you want?"
- Geri Gibbs, NCTM (Past President, UMTA, Past Board of Director, MTNA)

First and foremost, Jerald is a husband to his beautiful wife, Zanny, and a father to his wonderful children. Jerald Simon is the founder and president of Music 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 music, teaching, speaking, performing, playing sports, exercising, reading, writing poetry and self help books, and spending time with his wife, Zanny, and their children.

Jerald created as a resource for piano teachers, piano students, and parents of piano students. He is the author/poet of "The As If Principle" (motivational poetry), and the book "Perceptions, Parables, and Pointers.” He is also the author of 18 music books from the Music Motivation® Series™ including the popular series: Cool Songs that Rock™ (books 1 and 2), and Cool Songs for Cool Kids™ (pre-primer, primer level, and volumes 1, 2, and 3)" which all feature original piano music Jerald has composed primarily with teenage boys in mind. He has also recorded and produced several albums and singles of original music. Jerald created a "Fun to Play™" YouTube channel where he teaches theory (Theory Therapy™), improvisation (Innovative Improvisation™), and composition (Creative Composition™) on the piano: Jerald encourages all pianists to challenge themselves musically with their instrument. He created a “Hymn Challenge” to encourage all pianists to play through their hymn book (, and others: (Essential Piano Exercises™, The Hanon Challenge™, The Composers’ Challenge™ {Compose Like Crazy™}, Physically Fit - Spiritually Strong™, The Book Worm Challenge™, etc..

Jerald also presents to various music schools, groups, and associations throughout the country doing workshops, music camps, master classes, concerts and firesides to inspire and motivate teens, adults, music students and teachers. He enjoys teaching piano students about music theory, improvisation, and composition. He refers to himself as a Music Mentor™ and encourages music students to get motivated by music and to motivate others through music of their own.

A brief message from Jerald
to piano students and parents...

If you come to piano lessons each week and walk away from your lessons and only learn 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 their talents. I want them to be more than musicians, I want them to learn to become well-rounded complete individuals.

Above all, I want everyone to continually improve and do their best no matter what they do or choose to do. 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!

Jerald Simon

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