Jenni McGinnis

Jenni M.

Gaithersburg, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching singing since 1999, and I teach all styles of singing with a foundation of healthy classical vocal technique which can be adapted for any style. The health of the voice is my primary focus.

About Jenni M.

Jennifer is a versatile performer with extensive experience in several genres, including opera, and musical theatre. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree from The Catholic University of America, as well as her Masters of Arts in Vocal Performance Degree from George Mason University.

Jennifer is also a vocal instructor in Montgomery County, Maryland, And an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has had a long teaching career which started during her studies at The Catholic University and continues today.

Jennifer is an operatic soprano, and has performed with several companies, including as the Reunion Music Society, Summer Opera Theatre Company, Multimedia Performance Studio, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Damascus Theatre Company. Her performances include the role of Kim in the east coast premiere of Opera.com.edy, Musetta in La Bohème, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carrie in Carousel, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. She also created the role of Lust in The Blue Opera, and starred in that role for its world premiere. Recently she has been seen as the Bloodied Child in Riverbend Opera's MacBeth, and as Charlotte in A Little Night Music with DTC.

Jennifer has also served as music director for several productions, including Alice in Wonderland with Damascus Creative Stage, Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and The Gondoliers with Montgomery Blair High School, a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with DTC Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. and Disney’s Cinderella Jr with Ballet Petite.

Jennifer also has strong ties to the community and has served as the Co-Conductor of the Kentlands Children’s, Teen, Glee and Adult Choirs, in Gaithersburg, MD. She was also a board member of the Damascus Theatre Company in Maryland.

*** Lesson Details ***
I encourage students to explore their voices in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. I focus on healthy singing technique, while still encouraging creativity and individual style. Good singing technique will work for any style - pop, rock, folk, country, musical theatre or classical - and I encourage all students to work on individual expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Stereo, Computer, iPad, Sheet Music, Music Stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an iPad and lots of sheet music. Students need to provide a keyboard and may need to purchase sheet music that I don't have.

*** Specialties ***
Musical theatre, Classical, Opera

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Karyn F.

Helped me find my passion

In middle school, I really didn't have very much direction and I was afraid of going to high school. To make friends, I decided to go out for one of the high school's audition choirs, and though I didn't make it into the elite choir, I made the women's choir. I was happy, but I was afraid to sing out even in front of the other girls in the choir. I didn't have any confidence in my voice and most of them knew how to read music and sight-sing. I didn't. I started taking lessons with Ms. Jenni in the fall of my freshman year in the hopes of catching up with the other girls and eventually auditioning into the elite choir before my senior year.

That was three years ago. I now read music and sight sing and have much more confidence in my voice. I made the elite choir at my school in the spring of my sophomore year-- and in my junior year we performed at the White House! Jenni has encouraged me to participate in competitions and summer music programs that have helped me grow even more. I am seriously considering majoring in music in college after I graduate in 2014.

Jenni has been such a wonderful teacher. She really "gets me" and her encouragement has helped me find my passion. She's always positive and helpful and treats each student like they are her only one. I just love her and I will miss her when I go to college--because without her I really don't know where I would have ended up.

Posted May 3, 2013
JyotsnaA

My daughter Zoe loves Ms. Jenni and is enjoying her vocal lessons. She feels very comfortable with Ms. Jenni and feels she is learning a lot.

Posted Apr 24, 2011
MaureenS

Lila Samperton

I really appreciated the way Jenni made me feel welcome and comfortable through her outgoing attitude and encouragement. She also made a point to relate to me on a personal level which was very important to me as well and contributed to my comfortability and progress. I definitely plan on taking lessons from her again in the future!

Posted Feb 22, 2011
KathleenL

Parent

So far Jennifer has been a great singing instructor for my daughter. She is knowledgeable and engaging - Nicole absolutely loves her!

Posted Dec 16, 2010

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Experience

Owner
Sep 2015 - Present

McG Music Studio

Co-owner
Sep 2010 - Sep 2015

Duet Vocal Academy

Co Director
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

Kentlands Children’s Chorus

Education

Master of Arts in vocal performance
Jan 2001 - Aug 2002

George Mason University

Bachelor of Music in vocal performance
Sep 1996 - May 2000

Catholic university

Languages

German

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2008
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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