Jennifer Watts

Jennifer W.

Houston, TX

About Jennifer W.

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Jennifer teaches: Ages 4 to 40
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2008
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

Welcome!

I am experienced in playing the Trumpet and Piano. I been playing both instruments for approximately over 25 years. I have an Associated Degree in Music Education.
I have minor in Singing Alto, Guitar, Handbells, Organ Percussion and French Horn for over eight years. I started learning music at the age of 10. I initially started with Piano and eventually learned to play the Trumpet. I also have experience with playing the guitar. I enjoy learning and teaching music to others.


*** Trumpet Lesson Details ***

For young one's on the trumpet, we will work on learning how to make sounds with big breathes, how to breathe and the name of the notes.
* Age 4 – 7: Holding Trumpet, basic Music Theory “Note Names,” Fingering Notes, Trumpet Book “for beginners,” Fun Song.

* Age 8 – 9: Level 1 Music Theory “Note Names, Fingering Notes,” Trumpet Book, Fun Song,
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As for Junior High/High School or Adults level I will help them with anything they are learning in the school band like "etudes, solo's scale's or anything they bring to the lessons. For trumpet players, I well use any books they are using in school band or a book I think they may need based on their level; I will let them use my book also with the encouragement to bring any music they like or love. I will always make lessons fun and educational.

* Age 10 – 13: Music Theory “Base on their level,” Trumpet Book, Exercise Book “Long Tone, Lip slur/Tonguing,” Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor scales. I try to also do anything they need to work on for school/band.
* Age 14 – Adults: I base it on the level of the student, Music Theory “Base on their level,” Trumpet Book, Exercise Book “Long Tone, Lip slur/Tonguing,” Piece, Fun Song, any etudes and Major/Minor Scales. I try to also do anything they need to work on for school/band.


*** Piano Lesson Details ***

For the younger students I enjoy teaching them the name of the letters and the placement of their hands on the piano. My teaching aides include, colors, name games, color pages, flashcards along with songs I have composed or will buy for them. I always encourage students to play any song they like.

* Age 4 – 7: Basic Music Theory color pages, Lesson Book, Fun Song and Games
* Age 8 – 9: Level 1 Music Theory, Lesson Book, Technical Book, Fun Song.
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For those in Junior High/High School or Adults level I will teach them at their level and speed with tempo, rhythm and some basic music theory. As for piano students, I well go
ahead and purchase a book they need based on their level.

* Age 10 – 13: Music Theory “Base on their level,” Lesson Book, Technical Book, Finger/Hand Exercises, Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor scales
* Age 14 – Adults: I base it on the level of the student, Music Theory “Base on their level,” Lesson Book, Technical Book, Finger/Hand Exercises, Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor Scales/Chords


*** Specialties ***

I have published a beginners trumpet book.

I specialize in church music, mariachi, concert and jazz band, orchestra, classical and/or symphony music on the trumpet.

I specialize in church music, classical, orchestra, symphony and/or pop on the piano.

I started to learn music at the age of 10. I have minored/self-taught myself in sing alto, guitar, handbells, organ, voice, percussion and french horn for approximately eight years. I enjoy learning and teaching music to others.

*** Travel Equipment ***

I am able to travel to your house. I have a portable piano keyboard for anyone that does not have one but I do expect the parents to invest in some type of piano and/or keyboard. I can also provide the books they will need.

Photos and Videos

Getting ready to play with the Star Spangled Banner at the Astros game with the Houston pride band August/03/2016

Experience

Freelance Pianist

Aug 2015 - Present
Freelance Pianist

I just started doing freelance pianist for different catholic churches.

Trumpet player

Jul 2014 - Present
Houston Pride Band

I am in a noprofit organization community band. I play 1st or 2nd trumpet, I also arranged/composed music for our Houston Pride Band Brass Choir. I am also one of our section leaders.

Freelance Trumpet Player

Aug 2012 - Present
Freelance Trumpet Player

I started doing freelance trumpet playing for different churches.

Trumpet player

Jan 2011 - Present
Greater Houston Brass Choir

Greater Houston Brass Choir
Brass Choir
I am the founder of a small brass choir, Trumpet, French horn, Tuba and Trombone.
We do parties "birthday's", weddings, churches and
other things you may need a brass choir for.

Trumpet Player

Jan 2011 - Present
St. Augustine Catholic Church

St. Augustine Catholic Church
1st trumpet player
My Band "Greater Houston Brass Choir" we do a lot gigs for this church.

CEO

Jan 2010 - Present
Makingmusic

I started a small business where I give music lessons on trumpet and piano to all age's.

Sales and Customer Service

Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
Lisle Violin Shop

Clean, tune and string, string instruments. Customer service. Sell string instruments and books and must more.

Concert Band

Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
Pearland Community Band

Concert Band
Pearland Community Band
Play 2nd trumpet
I play just for fun.

Trumpet player/ Assistant Director/ Volunteer Director

Mar 2009 - Nov 2013
St. France Cabrini Catholic Chruch

St. France Cabrini Catholic
English Choir
Play 2nd trumpet in the English Choir
Optioned to play for Cardinal DiNardo for a big mass celebration
I also sing Alto in the English choir
I also play in big mass celebrations like Easter, Christmas and so on
Spanish Choir
Play 1st trumpet in the Spanish Choir
Director of the instruments in the Spanish Choir
Volunteer to teach music lessons on trumpet
Also play for other Catholic church
Play for weddings and quinceaneras
I also play in big mass celebrations like Easter, Christmas and so on
Assistant Director of the Mariachi Band
Sunday Day School
Volunteer Director of music for VBS, which mean I either play the piano for them or sing and dance for the kids.
Hand Bells
I play in the Hand Bell choir/Volunteer Director

I help/volunteer a lot in this church because this is my main church that I belong. I help/volunteer my music time from time to time. I still volunteer when they are of need of a trumpet player for both the English/Spanish choir. I grow up in this church so I well volunteer at anytime.

Music Director

Jun 2012 - Oct 2013
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Music Director
Adult English choir
Christmas children choir
Praise and worship Spanish choir
Adult Spanish choir
Cantor Spanish choir
English choir
Director, sung, schedule music for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving masses.
Adult Spanish Choir
Sung, played piano and trumpet for them.
Praise and Worship Spanish Choir
Sung, played drums for them.

Summer Band Camp

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Home School The Band

Home School The Band
Is a Home School based band that was stated by a friend of mine Tony, for any youth being home school.
Summer band camp was something he stated and he had me teach all ages of youth about the trumpet and other brass instruments, Low brass/High brass.

Concert Band/Jazz Band

Aug 2010 - May 2013
San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College South
Concert Band
Play 2nd and 3rd trumpet
Jazz Band Director Bob Odneal
Play 2nd trumpet
I played in both bands just for fun.

Trumpet player

Jan 2010 - Nov 2011
The Billie Ledbetter Orchestra

Big Band
The Billie Ledbetter Orchestra
3rd trumpet

Education

Music AA

Aug 2010 - May 2013
San Jacintio College

Languages Spoken

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Sign Language

Professional Proficiency

spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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8 Reviews on Jennifer W.

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Paul H. Sep 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is great!
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Chelsea F. Sep 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer did a wonderful job!
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Noah Jun 15, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Excellent and patient teacher!
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Jonathan K. Mar 26, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is an excellent instructor. She came to our home and worked with my middle school son on trumpet. My son was struggling with his technique and was frustrated with the school band program. Jennifer's teaching style is one of positive encouragement and incredible patience. She took the extra time to find music of interest to my son to enhance and make the lessons fun, especially due to his frustration with some of the more boring pieces of music assigned through the school. I highly recommend Jennifer!
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Shonda W. Mar 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher I recommend her for young children she is very nice and polite. Willing to drive to your home.
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Lexi A. Mar 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great piano instructor!
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Betty W. Aug 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is a very talented musician, and really connects with my daughter during their lessons. She brings in examples of the music she is teaching, and clearly explains the terminology and techniques. My daughter really enjoys learning from her, and I appreciate her methods and patience. Jennifer teaches at the pace of the student, encouraging her all along the way.
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Jennifer W. Jun 4, 2015
Piano · In home
My name is Monica, I have a 4 year old. Jennifer has been giving private piano lessons at my home. She is a wonderful teacher. She knows how to really work with kids. My daughter know where to put her hands and the name of the key's.