JCF

JCF

5.0 (5)
10 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
31 years in business

About this pro

My online studio is a great fit for adult and teen/tween students alike! My students want everything from classical music to learning chords for church worship.  Lessons and curriculum are specifically tailored to each student’s goals, strengths, and level of ability. Experience in teaching individuals with ADhD, Dyslexia, Autism, and Depression/Anxiety also allows me to creatively navigate issues and offer an alternative approach.

I absolutely love teaching and believe it is a gift and calling. I love to encourage and motivate students and watch them blossom! I especially love the fun that students and I have in their lessons, laughing and creating positive relationships that last for years. I so enjoy watching my students successfully and quickly navigate note-reading via a multi-faceted approach using intervals, chords, and fingering. I also love to unpack theory for students, revealing it is not some scary component but simply a part of what and how they are already learning music.

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Credentials

Vancouver, WA 98684
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Angie Pileggi

    I really like Jennifer's method of teaching. She is awesome.

  • Marji Taylor

    I'm an adult piano student and I find working with Jennifer is such a positive experience. She possesses the gift of being able to teach with a sense of humor, is incredibly supportive, and has a refined ability to see what a student needs in order to progress. In a short time she's helped me learn technique, sight reading, and is helping train my ear. Every lesson is progress!

  • Mayte K.

    Jennifer has been the piano teacher for our 2 kids for many years and we have love her and her teaching method. She is very caring with younger kids and as my kids grow she has been adjusting to their learning ways. She is always there for us and we love her flexibility. I can only say good things about her. Excellent piano teacher

  • Krisztina Markus

    My son and daughter both loved working with Ms. Jennifer, she is always warm and kind to my children. It is always good to see her, she has lovely, welcoming spirit. We love her as a teacher because she is encouraging, she built a great curriculum and sometimes my kids were also able to pick songs they were interested at. We also love the recitals she organizes twice a year.. it is special 😊


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the initial process, I ask questions about musical goals, previous training and exposure to music, and what type of musical expression students want to learn first: chords and improv or notation so they can read their favorite songs. We discuss curriculum and genres of music which they enjoy, and setup goals for the first few weeks. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a BA in Music, many years of piano and voice training, years of private teaching, playing and singing in multiple church worship bands, creation of a private school music program, choir directing, writing music, and teaching Kiddy-Keys Preschool Music program in the Vancouver, WA area. I have also been a Para Educator for Special Education and Kindergarten, and worked with clients with Autism in the community. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Youth students using online services for weekly 30-minute lessons pay monthly tuition of $140 per month.  Teen and adult lessons are 45-minutes weekly, with a monthly tuition of $185. Lessons are prorated over a semester bassis. There are 2 semesters each with eightteen lessons, two online recitals, and one summer session with varying rates. 


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching a few years after college when my first child was 17 months old.  I didn't have a piano at the time, so gave lessons in the sanctuary of my church. It's been an incredible 30-year journey every since!!!


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students ages 3 to 88, in both private and group lessons! I have taught students with all types of learning and thinking styles and some with disabilities such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Low-vision, and Dwarfism. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our Spring Recitals have always been wonderful! A favorite memory was at a local retirement community facility.  How wonderful it was to see the gift of music touch the resident's hearts and emotions. Their tears and smiles were such a reward for each student. We also loved sharing our reception goodies and chatting with the elders in our audience afterward.  


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Even though both are important, I would ask more about teaching experience over performance experience. Ask if they offer a free lesson. Are lessons on equal pay or paid individually, and how many lessons do they offer in a year or semester? What holidays do they take off?  Ask about additional registration, curricuum, recital, or festivals fees. Talk to the teacher about the instrument you have at home and ask if it is sufficient for their teaching style. Ask if there are opportunities for duets or group classes with other students. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Adult students will benefit from asking how missed lessons for work reasons or retirement vacations will affect lessons and tuition costs. Parents will gain SO much more from their child's musical education if they are upfront and honest about learning/ physical/emotional/psychological difficutlies presenting in the student, and asking what experience the teacher has with disabilities.