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Jerry Donovan

Jerry began learning the art of guitar and electric bass at age 14 from a private music school in Rowland Heights, California. He began his teaching career as a beginning and intermediate instructor at the age of 17.
Jerry attended Mt. San Antonio College (“Mt. Sac”) in Walnut, California to enhance his skills in the art style of the classical guitar while continuing his educational training in music. During this time at Mt. Sac he studied music theory and practice, ear training and sight reading, concert music appreciation, rhythm and timing application with electric tap machine, as well as a semester of beginning piano. As a result of Jerry’s academic achievement of 4.0 GPA, over a 3 ½ period, Mt. Sac appointed Jerry to the position of Music Tutor for the Mt. Sac Learning Assistance Lab.

Various styles of instruction that Jerry offers include Electric Guitar (rock/metal, blues, jazz and pop), Acoustic Guitar (classical, pop and folk) and Electric Bass (rock, blues, jazz and funk). Jerry’s teaching methods for guitar and electric bass focus on rhythm and timing, sight reading, theory and individual student application. Every musician has their own sense of unique style and Jerry applies his teaching strengths according to each individual student’s musical needs.

Jerry has taught guitar, bass guitar and electric guitar for a total of 25 years. He was an instructor at a local music company, as well as another well known music and fine arts school in the community for a total of eight years. He has also been a guitar instructor for the Y.M.C.A. in West Covina. From 1995 to 2010, Jerry taught lessons at Martinet Music Studios. In early 2010, Bella Music Studios took over the premises formerly occupied by Martinet when the previous owner retired and closed the studio.
Jerry teaches all ages from beginner to the advanced. He currently has openings available on Mondays at 5, 5:30 and 7 p.m., Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday evening at 5:30 or 7:30 p.m., Friday afternoons before 5 p.m., and some Saturday afternoon appointments on a first come first serve basis. Whether you are a serious aspiring musician, or just learning for enjoyment and fun, you will definitely enjoy your lessons!

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