- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
My Philosophy and Teaching Model:
As a teacher, I strive to always put my students first. I work closely with you to help you grow as a musician and as a student. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all teaching model. Instead, I believe in a flexible and customizable teaching method, which means that I create a highly personalized learning experience for each student I work with, no matter their ability level or background. Whether you have been playing for twenty years and want to get back in shape or you first touched the flute last week, I can help you to improve upon your existing skills and help you advance to the next level.
After our first lesson together, I will create a customized curriculum designed specifically to address your needs as a student, and I will work with you to reach milestone goals as you progress through your studies. You will have weekly goals, you will be given regular performance opportunities, you will be trained in music theory, and you will learn pedagogical techniques. I like to teach every student foundational techniques, then build upon their musical interpretation skills, and, for more advanced students, I teach music theory.
I pride myself in giving my students 110%, and I value giving my students a highly personalized private lesson experience. I hope that this philosophy resonates with you as you search for a music mentor, and I encourage you to reach out if you are interested in having private lessons tailored specifically for you.
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.
Shortly after being hired at the Rhinebeck School of Music, the director of the school asked if I would like to teach in a classroom setting as part of an exciting new partnership with the Abilities First program based in Poughkeepsie. This program for special needs children has satellite classes in the Red Hook School District, where we teach music classes twice a week.
There are three groups of students: the high school, middle school, and elementary classes. We teach in each one of these classes separately. Each class has four to eight students and four to five staff members assisting the students throughout the day.
I am one of four teachers teaching music there throughout their summer session. We go into each of the three classrooms for 30-minute sessions, and we teach them about a wide variety of musical styles. Each of us have different musical backgrounds, which allows the students to experience several different perspectives on music throughout the course of the classes.
My sessions with the students have included an instrument building workshop, a Disney karaoke day, and an introduction to woodwind instruments with live flute demonstration (which was, to my surprise, a big hit)!
This new partnership between the Rhinebeck School of Music and Abilities First is an amazing opportunity for these incredible students who have a hunger for learning but are not exposed to music in the same way as many children in non-special needs classrooms. In the time that I have been working with these students, I have learned so much about how students can engage with music, how much music matters for ALL children's educations, and how valuable it is to be sharing music with them.
Rhinebeck School of Music is a private lesson facility where many different instrument lessons are offered. There is a set faculty of teachers at the school who are listed on the website so students can conveniently contact us through the school. In my studio there, I teach flute and piccolo private lessons.+ Read More
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.
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.
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 (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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More