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      About Jerry Anderson

      Jerry Anderson
      Jerry Anderson
      Music Teacher, Master
      Location: Hickory, NC
      Speaks: English
      Instructs: Piano, Voice
      Education: 55 years of playing piano; 40 years of voice Voice Major, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC
      Performance Experience: Accompanist for Senior Adult Choirs, 30 years; 25 years accompanist for Gaston Children's Choir Camp, 8 years of Choir Camp under the direction of Pam Andrews, Children's Choir Clinician, Elementary Teacher, Composer. Vocally have performed with Foothills Festival Singers, Morganton; Combined Choirs, Morganton; New Grace Trio, Granite Falls, and numerous other opportunities through the years.
      Teaching Experience: 40 years, choral and keyboard instructor, serving as a Music Minister; 20 years of studio instruction, keyboard, small ensemble
      Teaching Philosophy: Music is a multi-faceted medium that speaks to the heart, to the soul, and strengthens the spirit. No matter the style a student prefers, there are basics that will work across the board to help them achieve their goals. Much like going to the gym to strengthen and command control of various muscles, both piano and vocal technique is designed to strengthen certain muscle groups, develop control & coordination of those entities, and as the musical 'instrument' is developed, then music happens.

      Get to know Jerry Anderson

      Jerry Anderson began taking piano lessons at the age of 7, in second grade at Glen Alpine Elementary, under the tutelage of Mrs. Robert Pitts. Lessons were actually offered during the school day in a piano studio that had been created for Mrs. Pitts.  His lessons continued with Miss Goldi Shiflet of Morganton through Junior High and High School.

      Upon departure for college, Jerry became a voice major with an emphasis in Music Education and Choral Music, but continued his piano study with Dr. Carolyn Lamberson at Mars Hill College (now University)

      After college, Mr. Anderson taught at East Burke High School for the 1982-1983 school year as the one year interim for J. Jerome Williams, Choral Director at East Burke and the North Carolina State Teacher of the Year for 1982-83.

      After that, Jerry moved into full time church music ministry, serving at First Baptist, Icard (3 years) Alexis Baptist, Alexis (19 years), Concord Baptist, Granite Falls (4 years), served as pianist for Christian Fellowship Chapel in Granite Falls for 1 year, and then served as Pastor to Senior Adults and Pastoral Care at Woodlawn Baptist, Conover, where a part of his ministry was coordinating, directing, and accompanying the Senior Adult Choir.

      In addition, through the years, he has taught Piano and voice to serious students of music.

      As a junior high piano student, he received a piece of art with the Herbert Spencer Quote:  “Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts; that which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit.”

      Martin Luther said, “I am strongly persuaded that after theology, there is no art that can be placed on the level with music … For besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy to the heart.”

      As we take this journey together in music, our goal is excellence.

      Soli Deo Gloria!

      Jerry Anderson teaches at:
      1620 8th Street Dr SE
      Hickory, NC 28602
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