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Jen Lewin, Dynamic Music Instruction

Mission BC | V2V 6X7

About me

Jen began playing the piano from the young age of 5 and hasn't looked back since! Classically trained as a child, she began to really love playing when she started experimenting with ragtime and dixieland music at the age of 12 and had the opportunity to play jazz with other musicians at the age of 14. She graduated from Vancouver Community College with a major in jazz piano and a minor in contemporary voice in 2001, and spent two years performing all over the world before coming back to the Fraser Valley to begin teaching full-time in 2003. She has extensive choral experience, having begun singing with the Mission Community Choristers in 1994 and eventually performing with and even conducting in performance world-class Elektra Women's Choir, led by Morna Edmundson and the late Diane Loomer. Jen has studied with such jazz piano greats as Alan Matheson, Richard Samuels, and Bob Murphy, and had the pleasure of studying classical voice for several years with Paula Kremer and took some jazz lessons with Grammy-award winning singer Dominique Eade.

Jen has performed styles including pop, country, jazz, rock/top 40, and even traditional African music with Vancouver band "9 1/2" and her own original music with her band, Stronger Than Lions. Jen also has experience doing larger stage shows and recently performed "Jersey Nights" at the Avalon Ballroom in Niagara, Ontario. She currently performs regularly with Goby Catt under the name Take Two! Duo (www.taketwoduo.ca).

Jen has over ten years' experience teaching piano and voice lessons, and is also a licensed Kindermusik educator. Her students have received high ratings in festivals, Royal Conservatory exams, and several have gone on to continue their music education at the post-secondary level. Jen also provides her services occasionally to local high schools as a jazz keyboard clinician for band and choir retreats. A dedicated, energetic and dynamic teacher, Jen takes genuine pleasure in her students' progress and truly enjoys spending time with all students, all ages, all levels, all styles.

Specialties

Jazz, pop, classical, beginner, adult beginners, songwriting, voice (classical, jazz, pop, rock).

Lesson details

Having fun is our number one priority! I feel strongly that a huge part of my job is fostering and nurturing a love of music and a desire to practice and create. I'm very committed to tailoring lesson time to each student's individual interests, needs, and goals, and make sure to incorporate an element of play into our lessons, encouraging hands-on creativity (through improvisation and composition for all interested students).

All my students (piano and voice alike) do (fun!) theory and ear training. We work on technical exercises cleverly disguised as fun pieces and work on repertoire. As a professional musician myself, I offer real-life skills and place an emphasis on sharing our love of music through performance (thus we also work on performance techniques in our lessons), either in formal settings (our two annual recitals), festivals, examinations, or informal fun performances at local coffeeshops or other community performances.

Education and Accreditation

Diploma from Vancouver Community College, 2001 in jazz piano performance with a minor in voice studies
-studied piano with Dorthea Penner (Mission), Bob Murphy (jazz pianist), Alan Matheson (jazz pianist/trumpet player), Richard Samuels (jazz pianist), Kathy Kidd (Latin jazz pianist)
-studied voice with Suzanne Finch (Mission), Paula Kremer (Vancouver), Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dominique Eade (Boston, MA), and sang with premier women's choir Elektra under Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer
-Completed BCCF's Choral Directorship Course 2004
-Licensed Kindermusik educator
-Completed Elektra's Conductor Mentorship course in 2005

Testimonials

"My two preschool-aged daughters have been taking lessons with Jen for almost 6 months [since October, 2012...

"Justin's achievements include getting over his fear of performing in public (at recitals), his...

"We talked for quite a while about finding the right music teacher for our family. We wanted to be sure to find...

"[Some favourite memories and achievements include] performing with Jen at the recitals. They loved that she...

"Jen has been excellent in regard to all aspects of the lessons and everything to do with music. I would say...

"We had met Jen during the recitals when my niece had lessons with her and [Niklas] decided to start piano...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm (in Maple Ridge)
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm (in Maple Ridge)
Saturday 11am - 3pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Ballad
Childrens Music
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Folk
Improvisation
Jazz
Latin Rhythm
Lounge
Modern
Performance
Pop
Rhythm and Blues
Rock

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Canada Conservatory
Faber and Faber
Kindermusik
Kodály Method
Royal Conservatory of Music
Rote Method

Instruments and Subjects

piano
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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