Our Teachers

Meet Our Teachers

Stan Stan Schertzer – Founder and Director, Jazz Piano, Composition

Playing piano is my passion. Composition is my love. Teaching is a way to pass both of these joys on to his students over the years. His strength is in the jazz idiom and improvisation. Stan is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a BM in Composition. He has 33 years of piano teaching experience in all mediums from pop and jazz to the classics. Stan instills in his students the importance of creativeness and self-expression through their instrument. He is currently playing keyboards and arranging for the SMS Jazz Project with his son Adam, performing in varied venues throughout the New England area. Stan was also musical director and arranger for Cantor Jodi Schechtman at Temple Beth Am in Framingham from 1988-2016 and is the composer of a CD of original songs entitled Shabbat Unplugged.

Edilio Bermudez – Violin, Bass, Guitar

Born and raised in Venezuela, Edilio began studying classical violin where he played with the Orquesta Nacional Juvenil. His success there led to a scholarship to study in Paris, France where he added bass guitar to his repertoire. Edilio played professionally in Latin bands in Paris, and continued to explore new styles of music. After discovering a love of jazz, he headed to Berklee College of Music where he studied for a diploma in performance. Edilio has always enjoyed sharing his love of music through teaching; since the early 80s, Edilio has taught violin, guitar and bass to children and adults. In the course of his career, Edilio has played with many renowned musicians of various genres, including Nestor Torres, La India, Juan Gabriel, Julio Igelsias and Celia Cruz, and he continues to perform professionally.

Bob Gallo ShotBob Gallo -Flute/Saxophone/Clarinet/Piano

Bob is an accomplished and well respected teacher for over 40 years.  As well as his teaching profession, Bob is also a well known professional musician in the greater Boston area.

Gerry RollockGerry Rollock – Beginning-Intermediate Piano/Bass Guitar

Gerry is a 1990 graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education certified primary and secondary school. He has taught music in Madison Park High School, U-Manna Banes Middle School and St. Angelo’s Catholic School in Mattapan. Gerry is an active performing musician playing in many venues throughout the Greater Boston area. He brings to the Collaborative a working knowledge of his craft and through his teaching skills inspires others in the process.

Jeffrey McAuliffe – Guitar/Piano/Bass/Drums

Jeff is a dedicated and committed music instructor with experience teaching guitar, bass, piano and percussion since 2006. He is very patient and creative with his students. Jeff’s education at Berklee College has prepared him for teaching any style of music and to listen to the needs of his students. Jeff’s goal as an educator is to instill in each student an interest and desire to learn, so that creativity can flourish and personal achievement can be realized. He adds so much to the philosophy and goals of MTC. Music lessons have to be fun.