Merrily james

Where the jam happens: In-home lessons, New York City, as well as JamBABY, Birthday Parties, and Preschool classes

Jams on: Piano, Voice

Jamology: Merrily started her music career and education singing and touring with the world-famous Total Experience Gospel Choir and learned composing through the Jimi Hendrix Experience. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Personal jams: Merrily is a solo artist who has written music and toured for 15 years, earning awards and international radio airplay. Learn more at Merrily’s personal website.

Merrily’s jam approach: A private teacher for 10 years, she teaches students as young as 4, but has been an adjunct instructor at Berklee College. Merrily believes there are many ways to approach musical concepts and tries to find examples that will inspire students. “My first priority is to inspire the joy of music with my students,” she says. “We laugh and play while getting a serious foundation in sight reading, theory, and technique, and mix pop songs in as well.”