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Jacqueline Banks, M. Mus.

Washington DC | 20011

About me

2nd Place Winner, 1996 NAACP-ACTSO Talent Competition
3rd Place Winner, 1998 Debose National Piano Competition 2nd Place Winner, 2000 Debose International Piano Competition
Most Dedicated Teacher Award, 2003 Lawrenceville Academy of Music
Editor’s Choice Award, 2009 Suite 101 Online Magazine
Finalist, 2010 Thomas Brumby Concerto Competition

Jacqueline Banks was born in England and raised in Miami, Florida. She began taking piano lessons from her mother when she was three years old and began formal piano instruction at the age of four through the Suzuki method. Until Jacqueline went to college, she was under the tutelage of piano teachers primarily trained from the National Conservatory of Havana, which shaped her musical development and overall style. She studied at the University of Miami's, Frost School of Music's Preparatory Program for 5 years before attending Xavier University of Louisiana on a full music scholarship. From Xavier, she earned a Bachelors of Music in Piano performance and was awarded the Sister Elise Sisson Award for excellence in Music; the highest honor awarded from the Xavier's school of music. She also studied vocal performance and music management at Georgia State University. Jacqueline is also a Certified Yamaha Music Educator from the Yamaha Music Education Institute, L.A., Calif. 2013. She earned her certification in Kodaly Methodology from New York University Steinhardt School of Education and Arts Professions. Jacqueline also has a Masters of Music in piano pedagogy from Georgia State University.

Hailed for her distinctive musicality and expressive warmth, American pianist Jacqueline Banks is quickly establishing herself as one of the country's most sought after rising stars for a variety of repertoire specializing works by African American and women composers. Mrs. Banks has a wide range of repertoire from C.P.E Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Chevalier de Saint-George to Bela Bartok, George Walker and Tania Leon.

Mrs. Banks previous engagements have included recitals in Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C and New York City. She has performed at such venues as the Levine School of Music, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, New Orleans Piano Institute and Festival, and annual African American Music Festivals in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jacqueline Banks has been teaching piano and voice for approximately fourteen years and nine years, respectively. She also teaches composition to musically gifted children. She has held faculty positions at several institutions and nonprofit organizations, and specializes in piano instruction, composition, music history, solfege and the Kodaly Approach to music education. She teaches private piano and group piano classes throughout the DMV area. She has also published a plethora of books, 7 are available on Amazon Books, on the subjects of piano, piano pedagogy, and music education for children Pk-12th grade.

Mrs. Banks students have placed in several piano competitions including the Rising Star Piano Concerto Competition, where her youngest student was 9 years old, performing Mozart’s Piano concerto in A Major, K. 488. One of her student’s also earned a scholarship to Harvard University for Musical Theatre.

Jacqueline Lives and works in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters. She is also a founding member of the National Conservatory of Arts, in Washington DC.

PUBLICATIONS

Banks, Jacqueline (2013). Habits of Excellence: A Piano Practice Guide for Parents of Talented Children. Music Education Today.

Banks, Jacqueline (2013). Teaching Piano: A Comprehensive Guide and Reference for the Instructor Volume I (A Book Review). Music Education Today.

Banks, Jacqueline and Banks, Robert (2013). The Miracle of Satellite Churches: 10 Steps to Getting the Most Out of Live Stream Service. Supreme Life Publishing Company.

Banks, Jacqueline (2012). Seventeenth Century French Clavenist Composers and
Analyses of their Compositions. Music Education Today.

Banks Jacqueline (2011). Healthy Practicing Habits: Essentials for Advancement in Music. Self-published.

Banks Jacqueline (2011). Successful Performance Strategies for Children: Adaptations for Elementary and Adolescent Students. Self-published.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). A Pedagogical Analysis of Forrest Murmurs from 24 Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style by William Gillock. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). The Legendary Margaret Bonds and her Music. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). Life is a Symphony in E Minor of Course: the Life and Music of Florence Beatrice Price. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). Valerie Capers and her Portraits in Jazz: Melding Musical Traditions and Triumphing over Physical Limitations. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). The Schubert of Children’s Composers: American Composer, William Gillock and his ‘Lyric Preludes’. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: Nos.1 thru 3. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: Nos.1 thru 3. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Banks Jacqueline (2009). Prokofiev: A Guide for the Listener and Performer. Suite 101.com Online Magazine.

Specialties

I specialize in competition and recital preparation, as well as traditional lessons utilizing Faber and Faber teaching materials, and Suzuki. I also offer a conservatory program, which includes a 1 hour lesson each week along with a masterclass once a month. All lessons are taught at the National Conservatory of Arts, and masterclasses are taught on a grand piano in the recital hall.

Education and Accreditation

M.M. in Piano Pedagogy, Georgia State University, 2011
Piano studies with Geoffrey Haydon, Sergio Gallo and Brandt Frediksen. Vocal Studies with Peter Marshall.

Certified Yamaha Music Educator. Yamaha Music Education Institute, L.A., Calif. 2013.

Certificate in Kodaly Methodology, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, 2009
Vocal studies with Anna Kovacs, Giocelle Shaw and Susan Glass.

Studies in Vocal Performance and Music Management, Georgia State University, 2004-2006
Vocal Studies with Magdalena Moulson-Falewicz

Private studies in the Taubman Technique, Atlanta Ga 2002
Piano studies with Sarah Steinhardt

B.M. in Piano Performance, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2001
Piano studies with James Oakes and David DeLisle. Vocal Studies with John E. Ware and Earlin Vincent.

Private Studies, University of Miami Preparatory School of Music, 1997
Piano studies with Barbara Diaz, Laura Sheffield and Hugh Gogowsky

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Tuesday 3am - 8pm
Wednesday 3am - 8pm
Thursday 3am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 9pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Ballad
Blues
Chamber Music
Childrens Music
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Country / Western
Gospel
Improvisation
Jazz
Modern
Performance
Rhythm and Blues
Rock

Methods

ABRSM
Alfred Method
Faber and Faber
Kodály Method
Pace Method
Royal Conservatory of Music
Suzuki Method
Thompson Method
Yamaha Method

Instruments and Subjects

guitar
pedagogy
piano
theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments
voice

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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