Kelly Jenkins

Kelly J.

Peabody, MA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I've been teaching piano lessons for nine years, and over that time have taught more than 200 students, from ages 4 to adults. I love to see each student find their own passion for music - and I look forward to doing the same for you! While developing classical technique and music reading, within a few months you'll be playing popular songs of your own choosing! With thirty years of piano playing experience, I believe music should be a joy to play at any level.

About Kelly J.

Hi, I'm Kelly and I love teaching students to love music! I've been teaching private piano students for more than ten years, and have taught more than 200 kids and adults. My goal is to help my students explore their own personal gift of music - because we each have one! Whether your dream is to become a concert pianist, a pop music pro or play the Stars Wars theme song, I'll coach you to get there! Along the way, we'll have lots of fun learning through music that you get to choose and come to love. I look forward to meeting you!


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29 Reviews
Andrew T.
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Great with kids! Communicates exceptionally well!

Posted Feb 15, 2020
Brian H.
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What more can be said about Kelly. She turned this piano rock and roller into a classical pianist. Such beautiful music. She always knows which piece will encourage and challenge you. She has a great knowledge of music and how to help progress your ability. I was a somewhat experienced player when I started with her, but clumsy and without the proper knowledge of expression. I can't believe the player I have become, owing everything to Kelly. Wonderful, gifted family too. On to bigger challenges with Kelly!

Posted Dec 31, 2019
Ronald K.
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Absolutely AMAZING! Great for the mind body and soul. Almost two years ago, at the young age of 65, I began taking Piano lessons with Kelly. Having a good teacher, coach, or instructor is so important to the success of any journey.
Kelly has the special qualities that every teacher must have to be effective.
Comfortable from the very first lesson, Kelly's enthusiasm, observations, and teaching skills make every lesson a unique experience that will motivate you
and keep you coming back for more.
Kelly is an excellent choice for anyone of "Any Age" wanting to experience the benefits and joy of studying music. Go for it!

Posted Sep 10, 2019
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Kelly is an enthusiastic and helpful teacher. She is patient, encouraging and goes out of her way to make her lessons interesting and fun.

Posted Jul 17, 2019

I highly recommend Kelly Jenkins as a piano teacher, especially for older adults. As a 66-year-old student, I particularly enjoy my lessons with her, and I thank my lucky stars for having found Ms Jenkins at this stage of my life.

What seemed impossible is now possible, thanks to her. An injury to my left wrist that I suffered years ago is easily overcome, and I feel a special thrill as I see my hands glide over the keyboard, practicing arpeggios.

Kelly is a patient, gifted teacher who seems to intuit just what you need to draw out the best that is in you. Give yourself another chance at what you love in life!

Posted Apr 23, 2019
Austin Marie
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Fantastic first lesson! I left very excited and encouraged to learn more!

Posted Jan 9, 2019
Susan E.
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I wish I could give Kelly 10 stars. She has been teaching my teen-age granddaughter for almost 2 years. Kelly is an amazing teacher and encourages her students to learn music that interests them. She not only teaches them, but is truly interested in them and cares about them.

Posted Mar 7, 2018
Ronald K.
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i left my first lesson excited about the possibilities!... that covers it all for now

Posted Dec 16, 2017
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I don't think we could have found a better teacher for my daughter (5 years old). She is the perfect blend of encouraging, challenging, and fun. My daughter actually enjoys practicing, which says as much about her love of piano playing as it does about Kelly's teaching style.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
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Kelly had our 7 year old reading music and playing by the end of his first session! We are already looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Jan 19, 2017
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My daughter's first lesson with Kelly was excellent. I can tell she was nervous, but Kelly made it comfortable for her. The moment we got home, she went straight to practicing.

Posted Dec 10, 2016
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Posted Oct 31, 2016
Ella C.
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Kelly is wonderful. My 8 year old daughter is reading music already in only a few lessons! (results may vary).

Posted Oct 17, 2016
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Kelly is fantastic! My 6 year old son loved his lesson and is excited for his next one!!

Posted Sep 22, 2016
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First lesson was great, my daughter loved Kelly and wanted to start practicing the minute we got home from the lesson!

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Joseph Li
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Excellent piano teacher. Very patient and full of encouragement. I am very happy and lucky having her as my piano teacher.

Posted Aug 10, 2016
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Kelly is an amazing piano teacher. As a beginner, she has been very understanding about my level of experience and how fast or slow I learn. Every week, we review what I learned the previous week and work on the fluidity of each piece. She makes sure not to overwhelm me with too many pieces or exercises to practice. In the past two months, I have learned so much about playing the piano. It becomes less complicated to learn when someone as patient as Kelly is teaching you.

Posted Jun 29, 2016
Daughter B.
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Kelly is very patient and thorough. Watching my daughter blossom into a piano player is very rewarding. Kelly is excellent with kids!

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Jill O.
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Kelly was very kind and very patient...enjoyed her very much

Posted May 25, 2016
Isabella S.
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Wonderful 1st time experience. We think it's a great fit! Thanks Ms. Kelly!

Posted May 14, 2016
Lucille Allan
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Kelly will bring her love of music to every lesson. Her enthusiasm is contagious and very motivating for her students. She is always 100% present in mind, body and soul for her lessons and considers her students an extended family. Kelly tailers her lessons to suit her students age, personality, ability and lifestyle. Kelly will challenge her students and teach them to love and appreciate music. My daughter grew to love Kelly and she has become a lifelong friend.

Posted Mar 9, 2016
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When three different people tell you they have the best piano teacher in the world and it ends up that they all take from the same teacher, you tend to listen. That is how we came to find Kelly Jenkins (Miss Kelly) when we moved to a new area. Her business card said “Gift of Music Piano Lessons” and spoke of developing each child’s individual gift for music. One friend confirmed this claim and commented how her children actually wanted to practice for Miss Kelly. That seemed a bit hard to believe at first. But in the three years we were blessed to learn from Miss Kelly, we found this to be true—not only for my son and daughter that took piano lessons from her, but for my younger children who got excited about music and piano from watching their older siblings and being cared about by Miss Kelly.

Miss Kelly has an excellent knowledge of music—both performance and theory. But more importantly for a teacher, she is able to convey that knowledge in a positive, effectual way. Perhaps this is due in part to being the oldest of ten children. But from whatever source, she is able to teach and correct in a way that leaves the learner feeling empowered, not diminished. She is very friendly, professional, and respectful. We were looking for a teaching experience that was not overly stringent but that would develop a solid musical foundation for a lifetime of music love and service. We are very happy with Miss Kelly’s ability to provide that.

Needless to say, when Miss Kelly moved, we were sad to see her go. Yet we are still able to maintain a friendship—even across the country. We have even been blessed to hire her, on occasion, as a consultant when music questions have arisen that we knew she could help with.

In short, we highly recommend Miss Kelly.

Posted Mar 8, 2016
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I met Kelly Jenkins several years ago when she became my children's piano teacher. For several years she taught my three youngest children--who had very different needs and interests--with skill, compassion, and enthusiasm. My youngest was a beginning piano student, my son was slightly more advanced but quirky with special needs, and my older teen daughter was a singer who wanted to improve her understanding of music theory and challenge herself through piano study.

One of Kelly's finest traits is her ability to understand, respect, and nurture individuals based on their needs and interests. She didn't teach piano--she taught children. She didn't come with a specific set of piano books that each child needed to work through. She came with many ideas, a listening ear, and positive reinforcement. My children not only liked Kelly, they LOVED her and knew she loved them back.

Kelly helped my children select music that interested yet challenged them. She organized recitals, then thoroughly prepared my children so they had successful performing experiences. This included teaching them how to bow, giving them opportunities to perform in the recital location before the audience arrived, and offering lavish praise afterwards. She also gave my children vision by exposing them to more advanced students, including professional musicians.

Over the years that Kelly came to our home (did I mention she came to us?! What a blessing for me, a busy mom!), she was always professional and friendly. She was on time and rarely cancelled lessons. If she needed to cancel, she did so ahead of time and offered alternate arrangements. She kept me apprised of my children's progress, or lack thereof, so I could better support their efforts.

Kelly went beyond being a piano teacher. She was a MUSICAL MENTOR for my children. She sought to understand, respect, and nurture each child based on his or her need, skills, and interests. For the children she teaches, Kelly would provide safe opportunities for individual growth and success, and encourage lots of fun in the process.

FYI--I met Kelly because of her piano skills, but her interests and skills are wide and varied: travel, culture, cooking, home improvement, jewelry making, dance, web design, small business development, retail, and child care. She has a keen and curious mind and is open to new experiences.

Posted Mar 1, 2016
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Kelly is an excellent choice; she is loving and kind while having good structure and expectations. Children gravitate to her! She reminds me of Mary Poppins, with a bag full of tricks including music and dance. She is amazing. I highly recommend Kelly.”

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Katie G.
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Kelly was my daughter's piano teacher for about 2 years, and in that time of having her teach my daughter, we became fast friends. I would recommend her and refer her to any potential piano clients because of her integrity and consistency and her overall skill with children. Kelly has a gift and I wish she still lived in California so she could still teach my daughter, because she misses her so much. My daughter has learned so much from Kelly. The care and love and time Kelly put into my daughter is priceless to me and my family. Kelly is a gem. To know Kelly is to love Kelly. You can't help but to be better for knowing her. Kelly is a wonderful person with amazing qualities.

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Julie and Rick
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Our Son Nathan has been interested in learning to play the piano for some time now, but first we needed to find the right teacher to help him on his way. It was important to us that his teacher be able to come to our home for his lessons and Kelly does just that. It was clear from the start that Kelly was just the right person to give Nathan the confidence he needed to quickly learn the basics as well as foster a desire in him to learn more each day. Kelly's style of allowing Nathan to choose songs that he truly wants to learn is a great way to keep him enthusiastic about learning and to feel like he has the freedom to have fun and choose his own style. Kelly is always positive and her personality is one that encourages Nathan to do his best every time he sits in front of the piano. Nathan loves to practice and looks forward to his lessons with Kelly each week. We truly enjoy having Kelly as Nathan's piano teacher and highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 29, 2016
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Kelly is an amazing piano teacher. My daughter (3rd grade) has been studying with her for the past 5 months. She really knows how to inspire and keep her students moving to the next level. The pace of learning and music preference is individualized. We have truly enjoyed inviting Kelly into our home on a weekly basis. She has a gift for teaching piano. Kelly goes the extra mile with her students (and families). With great pleasure and enthusiasm I would recommend Kelly as a piano teacher.

Posted Feb 28, 2016
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Kelly has been EXACTLY what I have been looking for in a piano teacher. She has the utmost patience and explains things in a way that make sense to ME. She takes time to understand where/why I am struggling in certain areas musically and helps me to highlight my strengths. She truly inspires me to learn and PRACTICE (which I used to hate) -- always working within the realm of my own personal goals. I have had other piano teachers who were either too tough, or didn't hold me to my full potential. She is always on time and extremely accommodating. I never thought it possible to learn at the rate I am learning!

Posted Feb 26, 2016
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From the very first lesson, it was clear that Kelly Jenkins is the perfect fit for our family's piano instruction. Four us take lessons from her, and all of us are so pleased with the progress we are making with her encouragement. Our kids look forward to their time with her, and they literally jump up and down when she pulls into our driveway. Her lessons are professional, fun and leave us looking forward to practicing what we have learned.

Posted Feb 26, 2016


Private piano teacher
Jun 2007 - Present

Gift of Music Piano lessons

I've been teaching private piano students since 2007, teaching 50 students per week for most of that time. I've taught students anywhere from 3 years old up to adults in their 70's. My passion is to help each student develop their own love of music, and find the style of musical expression that fits them best. I encourage students to help choose the music that they want to play, and work to find songs that are fun and engaging at every level. Along the way, I teach a solid foundation of music theory, music history, ear training, sight reading, accompanying, improvisation and basic composition. Each year, the students participate in at least one recital, with a chance to share their hard earned skills with friends and family. At various times, I've also had students share music with retirement homes and elderly people around the holidays, and also taken students and their families on field trips to local symphony performances.

Music Teacher
Sep 2002 - Jun 2012

Montessori Children's House

I taught group music classes at the Montessori Elementary school, using hand chimes (similar to handbells). The students learned to read music, proper counting, and the coordination and cooperation skills needed to play in an ensemble setting. The students participated in two performances each year, sharing their musical skills with friends and family.

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Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

Corcoran Ranch Montessori School

I taught a group music class to middle school students using hand chimes (similar to handbells). The students learned music reading and complicated rhythm counting for complex songs, as well as the skills of playing as part of an ensemble. They partcipated in two performances a year.


Music history and theory
May 2002 - Present

Ongoing independent study

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Sep 2000 - Feb 2001

Private piano lesson - Cinncinati Conservatory Teacher

Classical Piano
Apr 1987 - Jun 1998

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