my name is Jermaine Griggs and I'm the founder of this site.
HearandPlay.com 10 years ago (August 2000) with the dream of
changing the way the
world learns music.
myself how to play the piano by ear at age 8 using melodies
and chords. I soon landed a job playing for my church
childrens choir. As time progressed, I realized I was playing
the same patterns over and over in different songs and if I
simply focused on mastering as many patterns as I could,
there wouldn't be a single song I couldn't learn to play in
This method of
learning songs "on the spot" quickly gave me a reputation
in my church community as the kid prodigy who could play anything. At one point, I
was playing for 4 churches, my own children's group "Kids In
Christ," and my school band (clarinet).
Fast forward a
few years, parents began asking me to teach their kids how
to "hear" stuff and play it. That birthed the "HearandPlay"
2000, I took $70 and decided to start this website not
knowing how popular it would get just a few months later.
later, over 2 million aspiring musicians download my online
lessons every year and over 305,120 loyal students receive
my regular newsletters.
went to the University of California and graduated with a
degree in Law & Criminology, I returned to HearandPlay.com
to run it full-time here in Orange County, CA.
I'm not your
orthodox teacher. Other than playing the clarinet in my
youth, I do not sight read. We do not teach sheet music
reading here. Everything we do here is "BY EAR." We teach
musicians how to hear, feel, and experience music --- not
how to read a book "word for word."
We have a
unique process and system that has helped thousands of
musicians. I've been told I have a knack for teaching and
making complex things very simple. I'll let you be the judge
I'm married to
my high school sweetheart, Sarah, and we have two girls and
one boy. We employ a staff of five and continue to come up
with innovative ways to teach the world music, MY WAY!
lessons and resources!