Jennifer Bendelstein

Jennifer B.

Chicago, IL

About Jennifer B.

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Jennifer teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi! My name is Jenny. It's nice to "meet" you :)

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Music at Northwestern University, where I studied flute and sound.

Although I teach all ages and styles, I specialize in preparing young flutists for band and orchestra success.

I also offer recorder lessons for students 7 and under.

I currently perform in Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra, and freelance in Chicago. (Next concert is October 23rd at Jefferson Park Field House!).

I have been a long-time friend of local band programs, and have lead several clinics at band programs on Chicago.

My teachers have included Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vivian Bergova, and renowned Italian flutist Raffaele Trevisani, who will be visiting us in April 2017 for a special masterclass!

My teaching style is nurturing and supportive. At the heart of my teaching, I utilize empathy and patience, making the lesson process as unique as the individual student.

Each student and their family is different, and I truly enjoy getting to know each family as time goes on.

(Check below for teaching experience, resume and awards)


I offer in-home lessons, or students are free to take lessons at my home studio in Ukrainian Village.

Music lesson books and sheet music are selected from all around the world, and are provided with no extra cost.

Additionally, your first lesson is free, and you will receive 20% lessons for a month for every student you refer to the studio, as well as a gift certificate to Performer Music in Chicago!!


Thanks so much for visiting my profile. I'd love to share what I know with you! Flute on!

Warmest regards,

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My students learn to hone their listening, work well with others, and enjoy the rewards of studying music by playing relaxing duets.


General Music and Recorder teacher

Aug 2015 - Present
St. Helen Catholic School

Music Teacher

Apr 2015 - Present
Monarch School San Diego

The Monarch school is school for homeless children in downtown San Diego. I was an outsourced music teacher for the third grade class. I taught recorder and music literacy.

• Design curriculum incorporating music literacy, history, recorder, rhythm, and learning of folk songs
• Manage classes with 20 students, lasting 30 to 40 minutes
• Collaborate with school's External Programs Coordinator, funding donor, and classroom teacher to arrange lesson times and communicate progress of students

Founder, Flute Teacher

Jul 2013 - Present
JB Flute Studio

After I finished my Bachelor's degree, I opened a studio in Lakeview, Chicago. I prepared young flute students for band, and also worked with a few adult students returning to the flute. In my studio, all students learned folk music, improvisation, music theory, jazz, and classical music. We always had so much fun :)

Instructed students between the ages of 9-35 with a broad range of abilities. Prepared reports and invoices for parents. Updated content for website. Promoted studio and built relationships with other music educators in Chicago.

Flute and Recorder Teacher

Jan 2008 - Present
After School Learning Tree - Sorrento Valley

After School Learning Tree is a tutoring center in San Diego, California. I Instruct flute and recorder students at varying skill levels, ages five to eighteen. The School begins students on recorder at a very young age. The students are gradually phased into flute playing, and play in school band and youth symphonies in San Diego.

• Design and implement recorder lesson plans for class with 40 kindergarten students. Prepare students to perform memorized songs with accompaniment for performance showcase.
• Organize and distribute materials for lessons.
• Prepare students to take part in local festivals and performances, including California Certificate of Merit, SD Flute Guild Festival, and The Mozart Festival.

Recorder Teacher

Apr 2015 - Apr 2015
Golden Dragon, Institute for Chinese Culture

Golden Dragon is a Chinese after school program in San Diego. I lead a group recorder classes to 3rd graders, and some small semi-private lessons to 2nd graders in the afternoons.


Flute Performance

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Flute Performance

Jun 2005 - Aug 2006
Raffaele Trevisani Summer Flute Course


Gold, Silver, and Bronze Placements

Apr 2015
San Diego Flute Guild

Silver, Gold, Bronze, and Honorable Mentions

Apr 2015
Southern California Youth Mozart Festival


Chicago Flute Club

Jun 2016

The Chicago Flute Club's mission is to foster the highest artistic potential of all its members through teaching, listening and performing. We provide a forum for activities of interest to flutists of all ages and abilities. Our activities are designed to promote, encourage, and nurture appreciation of flute music and technique, as well as provide an opportunity for social interaction among flutists.

Music Teachers' Association of California

Jul 2009

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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9 Reviews on Jennifer B.

Jawxin Sep 14, 2016
Flute · In studio
Part of my responsibility as manager of La Jolla Music is to seek out the best teachers for our lesson studio. Granted, defining “best” is as subjective as one can get when choosing a music teacher, but I naturally felt comfortable with Ms. Jenny during a part of the interview which involved her patiently teaching me how to blow into a flute headjoint.

The way she encourages and empathizes with students are assets that allow her students to have fun with the learning process and grow musically. Students and parents would regularly express enjoyment of their lessons directly to me, which further demonstrated her love and commitment as a music educator. Most importantly, Ms. Jennifer enjoys children and brings delightful excitement to each lesson. They are engaged because of her connection to each individual, regardless of age or level. I am grateful for Ms. Jennifer to have guided our students musically during her time in San Diego.
Pimrisa J. Apr 25, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
She's so awesome.
Daniel F. Apr 25, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer has been a wonderful teacher for my 10 yr old son. He is new to the flute and Jennifer has shown much kindness and patience with him throughout each lesson. She has also been quite inventive in helping motivate him to practice more (I admit to being hands-off about practice since I didn't want to have any other elements in our life to argue about).

Our son also participates in a school band and we were quite touched that Jennifer took the time to attend our school band concert. She has a true enthusiasm for music and she brings that generosity to her lessons.

You'd be lucky to have her as a teacher.
Hania M. Sep 13, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is wonderful, caring and patient.
Stephanie R. Jun 21, 2015
Flute · In studio
My 6 year old son, Zak has just started taking lessons with Jenny. She is fantastic. He looks forward to his weekly lessons and has amazed us how quickly he has progressed. Jenny is inspiring and is extremely patient and supportive. She has helped him build his confidence and rewards progress with stickers and gummy bears which really makes it fun while he is learning. She has a fantastic music library and uses age appropriate materials to inspire him. He absolutely loves going to her for lessons. I strongly recommend Jenny.
Jill P. Jun 11, 2015
Flute · In studio
Jenny was both caring and determined when teaching my daughter the flute. My child has had some behavioral problems at school, but Jenny was patient and her lessons were engaging enough to keep her on track and learning.
Strongly recommend.
Linda Y. Jun 11, 2015
Flute · In studio
Jenny was a great teacher for my daughter. Jenny really helped her with understanding music, and my daughter loves her! I would highly recommend Jenny.
Nan Z. Jun 10, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Among other good things about Jenny, she is a very patient instructor. She carefully guidse her students and encouraged them to explore and have confidence about what they are doing. I would recommend Jenny to any students who truly want to enjoy playing flute!
Karen O. Jun 10, 2015
Flute · In studio
My son has been taking flute lessons with Jennifer for the last two months. Beginning flute is difficult since it is initially so hard to make nice consistent sounds, but Jennifer has been a fantastic teacher whose supportive style has really helped him get going and has kept him enthusiastic throughout. Highly recommend!