Jennifer Kashiwakura

Jennifer K.

Buffalo Grove, IL

About Jennifer K.

Jennifer teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: 2009
Last sign in: Within a month


Hello, my name is Jennifer! I love teaching music to people! I have a Music Education Degree and an Illinois Teaching Certificate, so I am a certified teacher in music.

I played Principal Bassoon in the Sarajevo Philharmonic in 2012-2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After working in Bosnia for a year, I studied in London for two years to obtain my Masters Degree. I studied with bassoonists from London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I have also performed operas in Salzburg, Austria and Sicily, Italy for few summers!

I can offer great lessons on not only orchestral bassoon playing, but also solo bassoon repertoire. I love playing bassoon duets because it's a great way to enhance listening skills! In addition to bassoon playing, I also offer lessons on how to make your own reeds.

Thank you so much for reading my profile! I hope you will take some lessons with me!

Photos and Videos



Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
The Eolienne Quintet

Principal Bassoon

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra

ISYM Assistant Bassoon Instructor

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Illinois Summer Youth Music

ISYM Counselor

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010
Illinois Summer Youth Music


Masters of Music

Sep 2014 - Aug 2016
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London United Kingdom

Bachelor of Music Education

Aug 2008 - Dec 2013
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Music

Aug 2008 - May 2012
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Illinois Teaching Certificate K -12 Music

Dec 2013
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship

Aug 2014
The Leverhulme Foundation

Edmund J. James Scholar 2012

May 2012
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bronze Tablet Honors

May 2012
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dean’s List Honor Roll 2008 - 2012

May 2012
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ladies of the Podium Award Recipient

May 2012
Woman Band Director International Scholarship

Theodore Presser Scholar

Apr 2011
Theodore Presser Foundation
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1 Review on Jennifer K.

Marty Oct 6, 2016
Bassoon · In home
Chihiro has a lot of playing experience so she can get to the root of technical and interpretational issues very quickly. Very efficient and fun lesson!
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