Jennifer comes from a large family of musicians. She grew up singing with her aunts and uncles in the family band. In 2006 Jennifer won the prestigious Collegiate Fellowship Tuition Competition to attend Capital University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy (teaching) with specializations in classical piano and organ. Jennifer studied piano with Seymour Fink, author of Mastering Piano Technique, and organ with Janet Linker. Jennifer participated in many ensembles at CU including piano ensemble, chamber music, and choral union with Dr. Linda Hasseler. Also active in music research, she was awarded full funding to attend the 2009 National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Missoula, Montana for her paper “Exploring Deconstruction in Music”.
Post college, Jennifer continued her studies with the help of grants from the American Guild of Organist and the Central East District of Ohio Music Teachers Association. Jennifer spent a year studying early music with Jamie Bobb on the Beckerath tracker organ at First Congregational Church culminating in a recital for the 2010 Columbus Arts Festival. In 2011, CEOhioMTA awarded Jennifer a grant to pursue a year-long mentorship with Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Jennifer became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in 2012 and the following year received the MTNA Studio Fellowship Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching and outstanding studio development.
For five years Jennifer ran a successful piano studio in Columbus, Ohio employing multiple teachers. Jennifer managed marketing, billing, and scheduling while also teaching private lessons, group classes, and coordinating performance events. She has since opened a studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jennifer is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. As part of her assistantship, she teaches several sections of undergraduate group piano and applied piano lessons. Jennifer is president of OU MTNA Collegiate Chapter, recipient of the 2017 MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award. She also serves on the Technology Committee for the 2017 MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
- MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma
- BM in Keyboard Pedagogy, Capital University
- 2017 MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award (chapter president)
- 2016 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oklahoma
- 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Oklahoma
- 2013 MTNA Studio Fellowship Award
- 2012 Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
- 2006 Collegiate Fellowship Award, Capital University
- Baldwin Model M Baby Grand Piano
- Casio Privia Digital Piano
- Recording and notation software
- Green screen studio equipment
- Massive music library, Whirlgig games, music apps for iPad, and incentives