Jenna has taught general music, theory, chorus, and private lessons to preschool through college-age students over the last 13 years. A third generation music teacher, she grew up “playing school” and knew she wanted to go into the profession from a young age. As an adult, she got bit by the musical theater bug, and now you can see her performing in many musicals across the Chicagoland area. In her spare time, she loves to run in races, sample new restaurants, and travel (especially abroad).
Jenna's teaching philosophy:
What could be more fun than singing? Working together with your student, we’ll find the perfect song to highlight their talents and use that as a vehicle to work on the foundations of singing; pitch, breath support, and rhythm. Our lessons will be engaging and will incorporate movement in order to foster a kinesthetic connection to the material. We also focus on how to perform each song and techniques for battling that dreaded stage fright. Before you know it, your child will be singing with the confidence of a professional.
What is a highlight from your performing career?
Portraying June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire with Williams Street Repertory this past summer.
I’ve won a grammy. Well, sort of. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus won a grammy for their recording of Verdi’s Requiem in 2010 and I was in the chorus at the time. You’ll have to listen pretty hard to pick out my voice, but I’m in there!
Bachelor of Music (Music Education, Olivet Nazarene University)
Contemporary Commercial Music Certification (LoVetri Method)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA)
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)