Specializing in teaching students how to play and sing simultaneously, and employing an easy-going, creative, song-oriented pop/rock approach, Gerald has taught for over 12 years both one-on-one and in groups with students of all ages. To help each student uncover their unique interests and musical identity, he encourages his students to select material themselves, while mixing in some of his own suggestions as needed, and even assists interested students through the process of writing their own songs. In his native NYC, he worked as a private instructor with both children and adults for many years, and also lived in Seattle for a time where he worked as Musical Director at School of Rock. There, he orchestrated and conducted the school’s legendary live performances, with as many as 15 students playing together as a large pop/rock ensemble. Additionally, Gerald brings to CSMA over 15 years’ experience working as a recording artist, live performer, producer, and songwriter. He has released several albums and has toured the US and Japan extensively with his indie-pop project, The Color Bars, for whom he is the primary songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. His music has been featured on a number of TV shows and commercials, and has performed at countless venues and festivals; from Tokyo’s famed Shibuya O West to Austin’s prestigious SXSW festival. Gerald recently moved to Ithaca with his wife and two young children. When he isn’t doing something music-related, he enjoys making visual art, reading, hiking, and birding.