Jennifer instructs young pianists, university level students and adults who play for the joy of having music in their busy lives. She gives workshops, is an in-demand adjudicator at many festivals throughout the Maritimes and has been a judge for competitions and examinations. Jennifer also works as a coach for singers and instrumentalists.
Her teaching career started at a young age under the guidance of her piano teaching mother. Jennifer grew up with piano lessons as a backdrop for home life. While living in England she taught at Abingdon Boys School as an instructor and upon moving back to Canada she worked at Acadia University’s School of Music as the staff accompanist, a part-time piano instructor and faculty member from 2003-2016. While at Acadia Jennifer developed an Accompaniment Course and an interdisciplinary performance class, Graduation Recital Class, for fourth year performance majors.
She taught at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts in Halifax, NS from 2017-2019. Jennifer was also the master class pianist the Young Artist Program at the Scotia Festival of Music for seven years. She currently works as a private piano instructor and coach from her home studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In July 2019 Jennifer and colleague Sibylle Marquardt, flute ran Maritime Ensemble Week or MEW for adult musicians looking to gain experience performing with fellow music lovers.
Jennifer is a strong believer in community, and reaches out to the next generation of artists, and educators. She was one of the founders of the Prince Edward Island Registered Music Teachers’ Association when she was 22 years old. She is on Provincial Council for NSRMTA where she has also been the Vice President, Registrar, Second Delegate and ran the NSRMTA Provincial Scholarship Competition for 2016 and 2017. She served on the NSYO board and is a member of Canadian Federation of Adjudicators Association and Atlantic Federation of Musicians. Currently Jennifer is on the board for the Atlantic Canadian Music Centre.
Deirdre Kellerman BMus (Acadia) MMus (New England Conservatory): “Throughout my undergrad at Acadia University, Jennifer was my vocal coach and collaborative pianist, my private instructor in piano and collaborative skills, and my classroom instructor in collaborative piano and advanced performance. Jennifer played a significant role in preparing me for a professional career in music, offering an invaluable approach and perspective. In preparation for my senior recital and Masters auditions, I felt that I had a teammate and mentor walking me through these processes. Jennifer challenged and strengthened my musicianship and interpretive skills, but also supported me in stress management and preparation. Years later, Jennifer’s approach continues to inform my musical choices, interpretation and collaborative style.”
Parent/Teacher feedback from Music Festival Adjudication:
“Your approach is so even and balanced, providing important feedback in a clear and direct way but while also maintaining respect and appreciation for the students you are working with. It was lovely to watch!”