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Jennifer S In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

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Jennifer S In Home In Studio
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 11-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
M.M. Shenandoah University, Vocal Pedagogy, 2013 B.M., Shenandoah University, Vocal Performance (Opera Concentration), 2004 B.S., Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1991
Awards:

2013 Voice Foundation International Symposium Presenter

2003-2005 Shenandoah Conservatory Rita Noel Scholarship for vocal pedagogy

2004 Shenandoah Conservatory Cecelia Award for vocal excellence

2004 Shenandoah Conservatory Orpheus Award for excellence and promise in opera

2004 Shenandoah Conservatory Dean's Award for academic achievement

Overview:
I am an engaging, motivated, and patient instructor who is passionate about helping others develop a healthy vocal technique and nurture their own love of music and singing. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and worked for 10 years as a business consultant. Never having been able to get away from music, I finally gave in to my passion for singing and went back to school to pursue a second bachelor's degree. In 2004 I completed my bachelor's degree in vocal performance with a concentration in opera from Shenandoah University (so much more engaged, excited, and subsequently successful than I was in my first college experience!). While taking a course about the anatomy and physiology of singing, I found a perfect marriage of my analytical background/skills and my passion for developing people. Intending to pursue a performance career, I unexpectedly found I loved teaching voice and a second career was born!
EXPERIENCE
My first teaching experience was part of a college class over 10 years ago when as part of the coursework we had to "student teach." Between the anatomy and physiology we were learning, an introduction to various vocal pedagogies, and gaining an understanding of the psychological components of voice study, I was hooked, and I haven't stopped. I taught voice at the university's community music school for a few years, while simultaneously teaching at Trinity University in Washington, DC, as well as at a girls' boarding school. About the time I started a family, I consolidated my teaching, opening a home studio while maintaining my position at the boarding school. Since 2006 I have taught every year in a summer arts program for gifted and talented youth, only taking off the summer of 2013 while on maternity leave. While I do recommend my beginning students start with a classical foundation, I also teach a variety of contemporary commercial music (CCM) styles including pop, Music Theatre, and country, among others. Students need to enjoy and connect with the music they are singing, and I work with my students to find music they enjoy that also meets their developmental goals. I also encourage my students to perform in recitals and competitions, if sharing their voice is part of their personal and/or professional goals. Finally, knowing how busy people are these days, I work with my students to find creative ways of fitting in their practice and I teach them HOW to practice, since consistent, quality practice is critical to achieving their goals.
METHODS USED
For all of my students, I typically start with teaching (for more advanced students at least reviewing) the fundamentals of breathing for singing. From there I move on to phonation: how to produce a healthy sound, in coordination with and supported by the breath. After the student has begun to grasp these fundamentals, I begin to introduce solo repertoire based on the where the student is developmentally and their goals. No matter the age of the student, I work to find music to which the student can connect both musically and psychologically, which is important in keeping the student engaged and motivated. I don't use a particular teaching methodology or repertoire series, but instead pull from a variety of pedagogical techniques and song anthologies, tailoring each lesson to the student, where they are in their vocal development and on that particular day. Leveraging my network of colleagues, memberships in various professional voice organizations, and my own research, I am continually learning and developing new exercises and techniques to help my students as well as working to expand the song repertoire I use in the studio.
LESSON STYLE
Recognizing that each student is unique, i.e., their instruments, learning styles, mental and emotional make-up, etc., I need to be flexible in how I work with each student. There is no one-size-fits-all! I work to understand each student's learning style and adapt my teaching accordingly. I ask a lot of questions, asking the student to think about their own learning style, what they are experiencing, hearing, and feeling. This not only gives me cues on how to better adapt my teaching style to them, but gets them thinking about what they are doing and reinforces their learning, which in turn helps them in their own practice by starting to become their own best teacher.   If I were to describe my teaching approach in a few words, those words would be fun, flexibility, patience, and excitement. When a student has a breakthrough with their singing, confidence, their self- or kinesthetic awareness, whatever it may be, I get so excited; it is really cool to see the look on a student's face and hear the excitement in their voice when they really "get" something! For me and as experienced by most of my students, voice lessons are about so much more than just learning to sing. The growth I see in many aspects of and layers in my students' lives is a joy to see and I am grateful I get to be a part of that.
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Kurt

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Has only been three lessons so far. But her strategy seems well thought out. Very pleasant and good with my daughter who is 8 years old.

Review posted on Apr 20, 2015
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