Jenny Packard

Jenny P.

Mount Vernon, OH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Jenny is an Ohio based flutist with over 20 years’ experience teaching flute and piccolo. She has 10 years’ experience at the collegiate level. She enjoys teaching at all levels, from beginner through advanced, and has taught a wide range of ages from 8 to 70. From introducing students to the flute and teaching them their first songs as a beginner, to preparing them for auditions, recitals, honor bands, and much more as an advanced player, I love helping students enjoy the process of learning an instrument and being able to see them grow and achieve their goals. I love that each student brings unique strengths to each lesson and I tailor the lesson to the student’s needs and learning styles.

About Jenny P.

I have over 20 years’ experience teaching flute and piccolo and currently teach at two local colleges. I enjoy teaching at all levels, from beginner through advanced.

At the Beginner level, I get to introduce students to the instrument. This is one of my favorite parts because every new piece of information brings such excitement and joy to the students. They get to learn familiar songs as well as some fun new ones. I also find it crucial that students at this stage get a good foundation in posture, hand position, and tone production, as this will set students up with healthy habits that will carry forward as they play more difficult music. I have been training in the Alexander Technique for many years and I incorporate this into my lessons.

At the Intermediate level, the music gets more challenging but also more fun as I introduce new concepts of musicality, phrasing, vibrato, double tonguing, etc. No two students are alike in their strengths and how they learn, so I have multiple approaches to each topic. I help students work toward their goals, whether that is moving up in chair placement in their band programs, achieving high scores at solo and ensemble, earning spots in honor bands, or advancing in competitions. At this level, I also love helping students learn the piccolo. This small but mighty instrument can sometimes be a challenge as students learn how to make the small adjustments needed to really make the instrument sing and I enjoy helping guide them to be able to really enjoy it.

At the Advanced/Collegiate level, we continue to dive further into the music and I help students really find their “voice” or what story they want to tell with the music. I help them refine their tone and technique to give them even more tools and techniques to shape the music the way they want to. At this level I typically help students prepare for college auditions, recitals, or competitions.

I received a Bachelors of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Masters of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from the Ohio State University. My teachers include Maralyn Prestia, Sylvia Greenfield, and Kathryn Borst Jones. I studied piccolo with Julie Thornton, and studied Alexander Technique with James Brody, William Conable, and Dale Beaver.

I am currently accepting new students online and in my studio in Mt Vernon, OH. Please message me with any questions and I will respond quickly.

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Kylie
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I was nervous to have a lesson with private teacher and was petrified the first day when she asked me to play for her, but I was surprised by how supportive and reinforcing she was. She teaches in a very comfortable, positive, and engaging way. Not only does she adapt her teaching to "you," but she puts a lot of effort in her students. She teaches at a university, but puts just as much passion and care into her private students. I personally credit her to preparing me for college and building me into the musician I am today. I highly recommend her to anybody- at all levels! :)

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Annette
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Jenny is a kind and strong teacher. I truly enjoyed my lessons with her as I studied flute. She is an asset to the community for many reasons, but her love for education is superb.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Luane
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It is with great pleasure for me to recommend Jenny as a flute instructor. I am one of her advanced and more mature students (I didn't want to say old lol! ). I graduated with a BM and have taught elementary music for 37 years. Jenny is creative, intuitive and compassionate. She has a thirst for knowledge and a great passion for teaching! She is always searching for new and innovative ways of teaching musical concepts. I am amazed how she is able to be so expressive in the way that she explains how to play expressively! In the short time that I have been taking lessons from Jenny I have experienced great improvement on all levels of my flute playing. Her “bag of tricks” appear to be endless! In my humble opinion I feel Jenny has all the qualities of a master teacher! I always look forward for my lessons with her!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Sydney
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Mrs. Packard is such a lovely teacher and person. She not only helps improve your skills as a flutist (technique, tone, practicing methods, performance confidence, etc.), but she is a welcoming person and cares about your life outside of playing the flute.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Alyssa McElhatten
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Jenny Packard was my instructor for 3 years and now the director of the flute choir I attend. She is a great teacher and mentor and provides honest feedback with so much encouragement. She helped me greatly improve my technique, sound, posture to avoid pain, and even made me view playing music differently and now, I have so much more appreciation for the art. Not only was she a wonderful teacher, but someone who I could count on to be there when I needed her. She was very patient with me and always made me feel like I could accomplish any piece of music. She is truly an outstanding instructor and anyone would be lucky to work with her!

Posted Mar 21, 2020

Experience

Flute Instructor
Jan 2019 - Present

Kenyon College

Flute Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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