Jennifer Herring

Jennifer H.

Old Bridge, NJ
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Jennifer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
April 1984

I have been teaching piano for over 30 years. My students receive individualized lessons based on their interest and ability. They learn to read music notation, play core piano literature, learn proper playing technique, theory, music history, and composition.
All students participate in a yearly recital and have the option of entering the NJMTA Piano Festival to be adjudicated each year.
I have a two-fold goal with each student: that she or he become an excellent musician, and that we have fun together as that happens.
I've been playing the piano since I was seven years old. After going to college and studying music education, I started teaching piano and have fallen in love with this job. I love music and I love sharing it with others.

Lesson Details
Each lesson from the very beginning includes some technique, whether that is pentascales (5-note scales), full scales and chords, etudes, etc. Then we work on repertoire, learning new songs which challenge the student to expand his/her musicianship skills, with beginners using a lesson book while intermediate and advanced students become familiar with the traditional body of piano literature.
For beginners, theory is taught using accompanying theory books. For more intermediate/advanced students, theory is incorporated into the lesson using the music the student is studying.
Composing can be added into the lesson when the student is ready. The student is guided through the process of writing a song and then enters it into the computer and prints it out for their very own copy. When enough students have completed original compositions, I host a composition recital where students can play their creations.

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Experience

Independent Piano Teacher
Jun 1984 - Present
Herring Piano Studio

I have over 30 years experience teaching private lessons to students ranging in age from 6 years to older adults. I’ve taught beginners, intermediates and advanced students, playing classical and popular styles. My students have performed in piano recitals, school talent shows, talent contests, adjudications, and been accepted into college to study music.

In the lesson, we cover technique, repertoire and theory. The student learns individual songs while learning concepts which make her/him a better musician. Each student also learns how to compose music.

In addition to lessons, students have access to a computer with music theory games on it, and a music notation program so they can print out songs they have composed. There is also a music Listening Library with over 300 CD’s and DVD’s.

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Group Piano Class Teacher
Feb 1992 - Dec 2008
Matawan Student Enrichment Program

I taught Beginning and Continued Group Piano/Keyboard classes. Classes consisted of 6-7 students, 2nd-6th grades. When I first came there was just one piano to use, but by the time I left, each student had their own keyboard to use in class. Fundamentals of learning notation and technique were covered in each 10-week course.

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Education

Certificate Program in Piano Pedagogy
Sep 1996 - May 2000
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Bachelor of Music Education
Sep 1980 - Apr 1984
Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music ( now Shenandoah University)

Certifications

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Aug 2017
Music Teachers' National Association

This is a certification given to teachers who meet certain high standards in the profession. MTNA urges all teachers to get certified as a way to regulate the profession.

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2001

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

"Ballet", from Petite Suite, by Claude Debussy. Performed with my duet partner Charlene Step at her studio recital.
Liu Yang River, a beautiful Chinese folk song.

5 Reviews

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Peggy Jan 20, 2016
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As a "(much) older student", and former high school teacher, I am very impressed with Jennifer. Every lesson begins with the basics- scales and chords, then on to technique and theory, using pieces that I've selected myself to build my repertoire. Jennifer has a very calming and matter-of-fact manner, which I love, and her knowledge of musical history and way of casually imparting it is a pleasure. I see myself taking lessons with her for a long time to come, and would recommend her HIGHLY to students of all ages and ability levels.

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Gina Nov 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

My son started taking lessons with Ms. H. at the age of 8. He had no prior piano experience, but showed a lot of interest in wanting to learn about it. He is doing absolutely amazing and has been a part of a piano festival and recitals. Ms. H. has been wonderful. She is patient, fun, and challenges him when she knows he can do better. She makes the whole experience enjoyable. He's very comfortable with her and enjoys his time at the lessons. He cannot wait to play what he just learned as soon as we return home from the lessons. He has learned so much in a short period of time, and he continues to flourish. I highly recommend Ms. H. for piano lessons at any age. She is a fabulous teacher!

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Elena Oct 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

My daughter started taking piano with Ms. Herring at 7, year and a half ago. Neither my husband nor me play, so I was nervous that I will not be able to help my child with homework, but I had nothing to worry about. Ms. Herring is so good at explaining that I was able to keep up and learn along with my daughter. She makes it exiting for beginner, but also will not let “less than perfect” song slide. Not only did my daughter benefited from this in terms of learning music, but in her confidence as well. It great to see your child play song and then reinterpret it her way and give little performance for the family. Her younger brother just started in September and he is already ready to play little duets with his sister. My kids personalities are polar extremes, but Ms. Herring found a unique approach to each and my son proclaiming that he will keep “taking piano lessons until he graduates from High School” that’s like 12 more years ☺

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George Oct 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Jennifer is a wonderful piano teacher in every way. As an instructor for our daughter, who started as a newbie at age 7, she was patient and fun, encouraging but firm. It is a fine line to walk, keeping young and new students engaged and enjoying the piano while making sure they are focused on learning the proper notes, scales, chords, rythyms, and songs. Jennifer navigates this path perfectly. Our daughter, now 9, is still loving piano and improving every week. As a (former) piano player it has been fun for me to be included in recitals, and watching her perform in local competitions as I used to do. After witnessing her lessons and watching her at recitals, her younger brother has already expressed a desire to start learning with Jennifer. Overall, Jennifer doesn't just teach piano, she makes music fun and meaningful and, therefore, deserves a standing ovation for her great work.

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Sherry Oct 1, 2015
Piano · In studio

Both my husband & I are musicians & teachers yet we send both of our children to Jennifer Herring for piano lessons. Jennifer has been teaching my daughter for 5 years now & my son for 2. Jennifer is an outstanding teacher! She is patient with all levels, yet encouraging when her students need encouragement. My children always want to return & learn something new & exciting. My son wanted nothing to do with playing the piano in the beginning, however after the first lesson, he hugged & thanked Jennifer for teaching him to play the piano. He automatically sits down at the piano to practice & compose on his own. Jennifer has both my husband's & my highest recommendation!!!

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