March 8, 2016
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.
March 1, 2016
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.