Jennifer Parde

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD
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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.

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  • Background Checked
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2002

Reviews (29)

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Arina S. Nov 5, 2019
Singing · In studio

Jennifer is so kind and knows just how to make her home yours. She’s so informative and super personable!

Bri K. Sep 10, 2019
Singing · In home

So friendly, flexible, and helpful

Leah W. Apr 30, 2019
Piano · In home

Jennifer was very attentive and worked very well with my 6 year old!

Yvonda Apr 14, 2019
Piano · In studio

I read previous reviews which assisted me in selecting Jen. After connecting with her I realized she had the perfect location (less than 10 mins from my house in Catonsville) and professional patience with my twin 14 yr old sons. They had a little experience before the lessons with Jen, but after only a few lessons, their piano/keyboard playing was much sharper than before. She has a beautiful voice and the boys always felt really positive after each lesson. They were more eager to practice at home to demonstrate the skills she taught them previously. Also, Jen hand writes lessons for the boys, which helped them better understand sheet music. She's a Gem. Well worth the investment!

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Kori Feb 5, 2019
Piano · In studio

Jennifer teaches my 6 yr old daughter piano lessons. Jennifer is very knowledgeable. She is very patient with my daughter and helps her learn by visualizing the keys and their notes as well as giving her visual notes in a notebook that she can take home to work on. I recommend Jennifer as a knowledgeable and courteous teacher.

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mara Nov 14, 2018
Piano · In studio

Shes so kind and a good teacher

Ana S. Oct 7, 2018
Astrology · Online

Amira W. Sep 21, 2017
Singing · In studio

Ms. Jennifer was outstanding we can not wait for the next lesson.

Jesse V. Feb 9, 2017
Singing · Online

perfect

Gabrielle I. Jan 5, 2017
Piano · In home

Jennifer is an awesome piano teacher! She works great with children! My 6 year old is very engaged, interested and ready to learn! She leaves each week saying how she cannot wait for her next lesson and she practices a lot at home. I believe this comes from Jennifer's excellence in teaching! I would highly recommend her!

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Lindsey Dec 9, 2016
Singing · In studio

Jen is a great instructor! Very friendly and has a lot to offer!

Jason H. Dec 1, 2016
Singing · Online

It was fantastic! I will certainly be her student gladly!

Jason H. Dec 1, 2016
Singing · Online

Patrick F. Nov 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

Had the best experience!!! Great teacher and I learned a lot in just oneday

Maiyee Nov 18, 2016
Singing · Online

Dylan P. Oct 12, 2016
Singing · In studio

Jennifer did a great job relating to my 12 year old and making the lesson fun. He came right home to practice what he learned. Looking forward to many more lessons.

Chris Sep 7, 2016
Meditation · Online

Very good experience. Sometimes hard to hear. Not necessarily Jennifer's fault. Gotta love technology. Would recommend!

Annette F. May 8, 2016
Astrology · In home

Jennifer is great at explaining the chart and how it pertains to me. I am lookong to learning more.

Ruth L. Apr 18, 2016
Astrology · Online

Awesome instructor. Incredibly knowledgeable and very engaging. Has been a pleasure to have her as my astrology instructor!!!

Gwendolyn B. Jan 29, 2016
Singing · In home

Really pleasant.

Charlotte Dorsey Jan 5, 2016
Piano · In home

She is excellent teacher. Very nervous at first but she has a patience spirit. Looking forward studying piano under her.

Rachel G. Oct 25, 2015
Singing · In studio

Jennifer was great!!! First lesson was all about exploring my vocal range and giving me a voice exercise to work on!

kelly P. Aug 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great experience! She is very friendly and knowledgeable. Recommend!

Daisy N. Jul 30, 2015
Piano · In studio

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

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

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.

Deanne F. Apr 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

My 11 year old daughter started with singing lessons but then took interest in the piano. Thankfully Jennifer is a fabulous teacher in both and transitioned us to piano lessons seamlessly. I would recommend her to anyone!

kelly P. Mar 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Having a great experience. Very excited to continue with my lessons.

Deanne F. Jan 13, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter clicked with Jen when they met on the 1st lesson! Luckily for us she is skilled at teaching piano as well as singing, because my daughter has taken more of an interest in playing the piano and is doing great under Jen's instruction. 1 lesson and she came home and could play 3 songs! 5 stars for sure!!

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Lesson Details

Astrology

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Want to learn more about "what makes you tick", what your energetic blueprint/makeup is? Or perhaps you know the basics, but you want to learn "to read" charts, or to work with "moving energy" (transits and progressions) more effectively.

Whatever your desire and current level of knowledge, astrology is a wonderful language and method of learning "how you work yourself" deeply, and how to understand/partner with others (and with the universe!) more effectively.

I can teach you about your chart in a more academic sense (I have 20 years of tutoring/teaching experience!)--OR we can integrate astrology with healing, meditative and/or creative practices, to help you integrate your inherent archetypal expression in a deeper, more impactful way.

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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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