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Teaches Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet

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Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet

About Jerry

My name is John Cheeseman, but most people call me Jerry.  I got interested in music at a young age and knew from then on music would be my profession.  I earned my Undergraduate degree in Music Education and my Master’s degree in Music Pedagogy both from The Ohio State University.

I primarily teach and play Clarinet and Saxophone, in fact I was honored to be asked to be a featured soloist with The Ohio State University Concert Band, but I also love to play the Trumpet.  I have been very fortunate to perform on Trumpet in both small ensembles and in church settings.

I started my professional career as a private instructor during my college years, but I decided I would teach in the public schools once I graduated.  I was fortunate enough to get a teaching position in the New Albany School District where I remained for the entirety of my career, serving for the most part as the New Albany High School Music Department Chair.

During my 37 years in New Albany, I served as an OMEA adjudicator for brass and woodwind solo and ensembles as well as both district and state large group band and choir competitions.  In addition, I sat on several OMEA committees including twice on the adjudicated events large group music selection committee.  I have been honored to work as a clinician for various local high schools and as a guest lecturer at several local colleges, including the Capital Music Camp for music teachers. I was also given the “Public Educator of the Year” award by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Now that I’m retired, I have finally returned to my first job as a musician, private instruction, taking in all the experience and lessons I learned from my time as a public school teacher.

I enjoy caring and playing with my two little dogs, and world travel is another passion of mine.  In fact, I’ve visited 87 countries so far, and hope to hit one hundred soon!

Worthington Music & Arts 614-880-1000 Worthington OH