Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer K.

Lake Katrine, NY
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Jennifer delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

Introduction:
While I am primarily a musician, I am also a freelance proofreader, and I always excelled in English class. Much of this "about me" section pertains to my musical background, as that is my primary profession. My reading and writing background is included later on in this section.

Flute Experience:
I started playing the flute when I was in fourth grade. My elementary school offered weekly flute classes, then in fifth grade we had weekly orchestra classes. But I loved the flute so much I wanted more. I began private lessons at 10 years old, and I have never looked back. From there, I went on to play in my high school's marching band, concert band, pit orchestra, and symphony orchestra; I played in three different flute choirs and my local youth orchestra outside of school; I earned two performance degrees from the University of North Texas (Bachelor of Music) and Stony Brook University (Master of Music); I have performed with orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Europe; I have played in pit orchestras for musicals and operas; I have competed in solo competitions, I have auditioned for professional orchestras, and I have taught dozens of students of all ages across the country.
I remain eternally grateful to all my generous mentors who have inspired me throughout my career. My mentors include notable flutists Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, Dr. Elizabeth McNutt, Francine Ross Pancost, Dr. James Scott, Terri Sundberg, Jim Walker, and Carol Wincenc.

Flute, Piccolo, and Music Performance Lessons:
As a teacher, I strive to put my students first. I work with you, and for you, to help you grow as a musician or as a student. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all mentality. Instead, I believe in a flexible and customizable teaching model, which creates a highly personalized learning experience. Whether you have been playing for 20 years and want to get back in shape, or you first touched a flute last week, I can help you to build upon your flute, piccolo, or performance skills. I pride myself in giving my students 110%, and I hope that that resonates with you as you search for a teacher who fits your needs.

Reading and Writing:
As a tutor for reading and writing, I focus on reaching whatever goal we set out to achieve when you become my student. Whether you need help analyzing literature, taking notes from a text book, or organizing a research paper, I am determined to help you become the best version of yourself. Everyone has something unique to offer, and it's my job as a tutor to bring that out of you so you can share it with the world.

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Experience

Tutor
Jan 2011 - Present
Jennifer Kennedy

I have always enjoyed helping people with reading and writing. I find that English is one of the most forgiving and open-minded core subjects taught in American public schools. I am constantly volunteering to proofread or edit my peers papers, or help someone organize their thoughts into words on the page (even for things not related to school!). Let me help you discover how reading and writing can be fun! If you already have fun but need some guidance, I can provide that too!

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Flute Instructor
Jan 2011 - Present
Jennifer Kennedy Flute Studio

I have been teaching private flute lessons for seven years. As a high school student, I taught private lessons for beginners and coached my high school contemporaries as the flute section leader in our marching/concert band. During one summer, I was employed as a coach for an adult flute choir program through the Los Angeles Music Center, which concluded with a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. This program was designed for people who wanted to relearn how to play the flute after years away from their instruments. After the program ended, its director founded another flute choir, which several of the members joined. I participated in this flute choir, and continued to coach the members, for several years.

While pursuing my BM at the University of North Texas, I taught private lessons at the Kennedale Independent School District campuses, where I worked with students ranging from 10 to 17 years old. I assisted these students in preparing for local competitions, placement playing tests, and for their college auditions. I also coached several of my colleagues at UNT for chamber music performances, solo competitions, audition tapes, and professional auditions. During my MM at Stony Brook University, I coached my colleagues who are pursuing DMA's, and taught an adult student working toward returning to school for a degree in music.

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Flute Instructor
Sep 2013 - May 2015
Kennedale Independent School District

I taught students ranging from 9 to 17 years old. I prepared them for local competitions, college auditions, placement seating tests, and more. My students went on to regional competitions and had a lot of fun learning new music in lessons with me.

Education

Master of Music, Flute Performance
Aug 2016 - Dec 2017
Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2016
University of North Texas

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

2nd Place Winner
Feb 2014
Atlanta Flute Club
3rd Place Winner
Dec 2013
Oklahoma Flute Society
Concerto Competition Finalist
Jun 2013
Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA)

Affiliations

Pi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2015

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Mu Phi Epsilon
Apr 2013

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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Photos & Videos

This is a live recording from my senior recital at the University of North Texas in 2016. I am performing Ballade by Carl Reinecke.
This photo was taken while I attended the Chautauqua Institution orchestra festival.

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This photo was taken while I attended the Chautauqua Institution orchestra festival.
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3 Reviews

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Hristina Mar 30, 2018
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Jennifer is a great flutist and instructor! She is very knowledgeable, helpful, and really knows how to articulate her ideas and communicate with the student. She is encouraging and creative in her approach towards her students. She helped me very much with my piccolo playing.

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Giovanni Mar 29, 2018
Flute · Online

Jennifer Kennedy is an inspiring teacher and performer. One can be in awe with her beautiful playing and amazed of her patience in the way she teaches you to reach your goal. I DEFINITELY recommend Ms. Kennedy for private, online, Skype or at home teaching. you will not be disappointed.

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Joanne Feb 3, 2018
Flute · In studio

I have listened to Jennifer as she gave flute lessons to several young beginning students. I observed that she truly cares about her students and invests herself in their progress. She has a creative teaching style, always coming up with new ways to approach the challenges of each individual student. She spends time to discover the students’ goals and structures their lesson plans accordingly. Jennifer is also a good communicator with the parents of younger students, making sure they are informed and inviting them to observe lessons if they wish. I’m sure you’ll find her a delight to work with.

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