Jennifer Parde

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD

About Jennifer P.

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Jennifer teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2002
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Overview

I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedding bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush estate).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.

Photos and Videos

Singing/playing my original song, "The Other Side", at the Teavolve Cafe/Lounge in Baltimore, MD.

Experience

vocalist

Apr 2008 - Present
Mood Swings Big Band

I sing a wide range of music with the band, including standards, ballads, pop/rock, R & B and Motown. We perform at weddings, corporate events, vineyards and occasionally public/political events. We have played at the White House, Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush/Walker residence).

music teacher

Oct 2003 - Present
Olenka School of Music

Although initially hired as a voice teacher, I have taught in a wide range of contexts over the years, including: private voice, private piano, early childhood music/movement, keyboard classes, voice classes and music camps. I have also helped to design/publish many (perhaps a thousand!) pages of music curriculum/theory work for beginner to intermediate/advanced students (given as music class "homework").

keyboard player, vocalist, arranger

Aug 2009 - Oct 2014
Midway Fair

I played and sang with this folk/rock band for 5 years. During this time, we recorded 3 albums and 2 EPs, and played in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York. We opened for national, touring acts such as Seth Glier and The Kennedys.

Education

B.A. (double major: music and psychology)

Aug 1997 - May 2001
Goucher College
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13 Reviews on Jennifer P.

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Chris Sep 7, 2016
Meditation · Online
Verified Student
Very good experience. Sometimes hard to hear. Not necessarily Jennifer's fault. Gotta love technology. Would recommend!
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Annette F. May 8, 2016
Astrology · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is great at explaining the chart and how it pertains to me. I am lookong to learning more.
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Ruth L. Apr 18, 2016
Astrology · Online
Verified Student
Awesome instructor. Incredibly knowledgeable and very engaging. Has been a pleasure to have her as my astrology instructor!!!
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Gwendolyn B. Jan 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Really pleasant.
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Charlotte Dorsey Jan 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is excellent teacher. Very nervous at first but she has a patience spirit. Looking forward studying piano under her.
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Rachel G. Oct 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jennifer was great!!! First lesson was all about exploring my vocal range and giving me a voice exercise to work on!
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kelly P. Aug 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience! She is very friendly and knowledgeable. Recommend!
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Daisy N. Jul 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is the best piano teacher I've met so far. She taught me the basics fist and she asked me what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't. She also have me some good references to refer to when I'm home so I can practice and get better at playing
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Daisy N. Jul 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is the best piano teacher I've met so far. She taught me the basics fist and she asked me what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't. She also have me some good references to refer to when I'm home so I can practice and get better at playing
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Kayla S. Jun 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer was focused from the start. Her experience pin pointed what to work on during practice. She knew right away what weaknesses to strengthen and what strengths to perfect. Look forward to next session.