Jennifer A.

jennifersmOwner and Director of Imagine Music Inc. (est. 1994)

Specializing in Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Digital Piano Lessons, Jazz Piano, Improvisation, Conservatory Canada Contemporary Syllabus, Conservatory Canada and RCM Theory.

Beginning as a sole proprietor, and now with a growing staff, Jennifer’s dedication to the education of music has given her and her staff an undisputed reputation for quality and professionalism in the Calgary and area music community. Jennifer is a highly respected music teacher, accompanist, contemporary pop and jazz pianist, who plays at many events such as weddings, corporate parties and a variety of private functions.

Jennifer has been embellishing music ever since she was young. Starting on the organ, she quickly learned to chord and orchestrate the many varied sound and rhythm settings. By the age of 16, she was teaching, using new and creative improvisation techniques with students of all ages. Later, as an adult, she went on to study piano and keyboard graduating from Mount Royal College with a Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance and completing her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music. Jennifer has been teaching music students of all ages for over 25 years.

When she isn’t teaching, Jennifer is active throughout the musical community in Calgary. She is a member of the Alberta Piano Teacher’s AssociationAPTA)and a clinician for the Calgary Arts and Summer School Association CASSA running drop-in improvisation workshops for students.

Jennifer notes that “this is the fourth year that I have been hired back for the same job at CASSA. It is a drop in improvisation class on acoustic piano and electric pianos. Most of these piano students are classically trained. At the Calgary Arts and Summer School Piano Camp, these piano students are studying a particular composer such as Bach or Chopin. When they come to my class, I do not know their skill levels but I get them jamming on acoustic and electric pianos within minutes of being in my class. This year we worked a jazz piece, “Softly as the Morning Sunrise” Hancock. I enjoy teaching these piano classes immensely!”

Jennifer often instructs on various brands of digital pianos and keyboards. “I teach many piano students how to operate and enjoy their musical equipments. The students have a lot of fun learning their instrument and seeing what it is capable of doing.” Jennifer says.

Many people buy these highly functional keyboarding instruments and don’t know how to operate their keyboards or electric pianos to their maximum abilites. Consequently, they only use the piano setting and don’t get to enjoy the full capability of these wonderful instruments.

Jennifer’s Approach to Teaching:

  1. Jennifer believes that making music your own is an integral part of playing music. Being able to add fill-ins, improvise, interpret, or change your music makes you a more versatile piano player.
  2. Jennifer teaches her young students the piano skills they need to keep playing as adults.
  3. Jennifer teaches her adult students to play piano for enjoyment and relaxation while expanding their physical and mental skills.
  4. Jennifer encorporates the enjoyment of music for both the player and listener within the piano lesson.
  5. Jennifer believes that teaching piano in various styles of music is of value to the serious piano player.
  6. Jennifer believes that it is important to recognize the musical skills of the piano student and expand on them

Here is a sneak peak at Jennifer’s Students:

Stephen playing Song of the Lonely Mountain from the hit movie, The Hobbit.

This video was taken for the 2014 YouTube Video Project

Jasmin playing I’ve Got Rhythm from the Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Grade 6 Syllabus.

This video is was taken for the 2014 YouTube Video Project

photo (9)“Jennifer provides balance to my musical instruction. In the last two years Jennifer has demonstrated the experience and musical expertise to provide the right pace of musical instruction balanced with the proper amount of theory, playing and integration of individual special needs. This balance makes lessons seem like cooperative musical production as well as a teaching moment. Jennifer often performs songs to be learned on the organ that I video to learn from as well. For me, this all adds up to a positive realization of talent and confidence that has led to true musical growth and playing pleasure.” -From Terry, an Imagine Music Inc. Adult students.

“Terry attended the level 3 contemporary music exam in June. We have received a letter from Conservatory Canada saying he is the winner of the Medal for Excellence of Grade 3 in Alberta . We are so happy to hear that and would like to share that with you and express our appreciation to your great work! Again thank you for teaching Terry to achieve such excellent result. – From Silver, an Imagine Music Inc Dad

“Thanks again for a wonderful improve session for the Piano Camp students” – From Linda, President and Artistic Director of the Calgary Arts and Summer School

“On CBC Radio One there was program about the book Alice‚Äôs Brain. In this book a long-time piano teacher has a stroke and after quite a struggle is able to play piano again. She related how, when playing the piano, she does not feel disabled. I have experienced this at the organ thanks to you……… I, for one, truly appreciate this gift you give us beyond just teaching us the piano or organ. “ – From Terry, an Imagine Music Inc. Adult Organ student