Jess Spangler

Jess S.

Ionia, MI
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Beginner, Intermediate
A holistic and relevant approach to teaching piano and music skills to anyone.

Holistic Approach

The phrase “Holistic Approach” simply means that I teach the student, not the lesson. Every student has a different learning style, goal, strengths and weaknesses. It means I will teach all the elements of music in context of the big picture, not just learn the written language of music. It means I will think outside the box and customize the learning journey to help each student reach their own potential.

My goal is to facilitate students’ own exploration of the piano and its language so that they can learn to play anything independently. It’s a matter of “learning how to learn,” and making connections between all of the knowledge they gain. That comes through a functional, relevant introduction to music, as opposed to going through the motions of a method book alone, to memorize numerous isolated facts and repeat them indefinitely.

I am still not a perfect player and I can’t make any guarantees you’ll be a concert pianist. I am confident, however, that I can teach you in a more effective and balanced way to help you gain the skills you need to play better; whether casually or more formally.

About Jess S.

I am a life-long musician with training in flute, piano, and vocal technique and performance. I attended Spring Arbor University received my associates in Piano Pedagogy in 2004. I am the pianist at Christ Church Fraser in Fraser, MI and I also play for weddings, funerals, and other events. I have been teaching piano since Iwas 13, when my teacher gave me referrals for beginners. I especially love to teach students with special needs and very young beginners.

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Leah W.
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She was very welcomed get had get tools to help my child

Posted Feb 22, 2019
Karin
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My two sons are taking lessons with Jessica. She is very patient with them and they learn so much. She is great.

Posted Aug 8, 2018

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Experience

Piano instructor
Sep 2009 - Present

Private Studio

I actually began teaching at 13 yrs, taking beginners for my own teacher. I took a break after college as I had babies and no piano. But not I have been teaching 10 years again.

Church Pianist
Sep 2013 - Sep 2019

Christ Church Fraser

I accompanied choir, played for worship and special services, played for weddings and funerals, etc.

Education

Piano Pedagogy
Sep 2002 - May 2004

Spring Arbor University

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