Jean began her music education studies at Baker University and completed her degree in Choral Music Education at Arizona State University. She spent seventeen years as a junior high choral director and eight years as an elementary general music specialist and choir director before retiring in 2002. Jean now devotes a majority of her time to writing and composing. She travels throughout the United States working with choirs in clinic situations, presenting interest sessions to fellow teachers and directs regional honor choirs and Elementary and Junior High All‑States. Honors received include the Excellence in Teaching award from the Arizona Music Educators Association, the Teacher of the Month award from Mesa Public Schools, the Outstanding Choral Educator Award for 2001 from the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the Arizona Music Educator of the Year for 2002, and the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Choral Directors of Arizona in 2004.
In 2009, Jean received the William E. Richardson Retired Music Educator Service Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. In January 2012, she was the recipient of the Sierra Vista Mayor's Arts Award for individual contributions to the arts in Sierra Vista.
Dave and Jean Perry have been writing and publishing their songs for schools and churches for twenty‑four years. Their music has been performed by choirs in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia. They have over two hundred fifty songs in print and are recipients of special composers awards from ASCAP.