Jerry Gerber

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Jerry Gerber has written orchestral and chamber music, songs, piano music, vocal music and music for electronic instruments. He has composed for film, television, computer games, concerts, dance and interactive media, and wrote all of the original music for the remake of the popular children's television show, The Adventures of Gumby. He began his musical studies at the age of nine, and received his Bachelor of Music in composition and classical music theory from San Francisco State University in 1982. He has studied with Wayne Peterson (Pulitzer Prize), Alex Post, David Ahlstrom, Matt Doran, and other composers and musicians in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Jerry has been a guest lecturer at Western Public Radio, Film Arts Foundation, Sacramento State University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He has written and produced music for many projects including Loom, a Lucasfilm computer game and audio drama, the Concerto for Flute and Digital Ensemble which was commissioned for and premiered at the Sacramento New American Music Festival in November 1989, and the Gumby feature film, released in May of 1995.

With an emphasis on long-form composition, Jerry has produced 13 albums for the virtual orchestra. Titles include Virtual Harmonics, Cosmic Consciousness, Rebel Planet, The Art of MIDI Sequencing, In Praise of Poets, and others. Articles about his music have appeared in Classical Net, Electronic Musician, Keyboard, Virtual Instruments and Soundbytes magazines and e-magazines. He is currently working on his 14th compact disc recording, teaching privately and facilitating workshops in the Bay Area and in Southern California.

Jerry has recorded and/or played with musicians Art Austin, Tim Day and Karen Bentley, and singers Katy Stephan, Dale Tracy, Janet Campbell, Marnie Breckenridge, Lee Gregory, and David Newman. He has played guitar in a Big Band with Jeff Langley and Holly Near and in rock n roll bands, coffeehouses and folk groups in Northern and Southern California. His music is eclectic and melodic, with dynamic electronic textures as well as sampled instruments and voices. He has been exploring MIDI sequencing since 1982 and owns and manages an electronic music studio. When he is not composing he enjoys doing photography. His other interests include meditation, astronomy, chess and reading.

37.7597481, -122.4750292

San Francisco, CA (94122)

Full Name:
Jerry Gerber
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Institutional Affiliation:

No institutional affiliation.

Music Styles:
Classical, modern, electronic, many other styles
Instrument/Voice Types Taught:
high-school to retired people

Bachelor of Music in classical music theory and composition (SFSU, 1982), playing in bands, composing scores for TV, film, computer games, animation, multimedia, concerts and documentaries. Private studies with musicians and composers in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Years Teaching:
30 years
Lesson Rate:
$70.00 per hour
Teaching Method:

For classical theoretical studies, my students work out of Piston's Harmony and Kennan's Counterpoint books. Additionally, I create exercises for students and have them write their own music. My students also work with study scores and analyze passages from classical music literature. Additionally, I assign listening to various works spanning the 18th century through contemporary music. Finally, my students use ear-training software to hone their listening skills. For more information, please visit

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