About

Jennifer Fink maintains an active private music studio in Olathe, Kansas.  She holds a B.A. in Music, summa cum laude, with Piano Performance and Applied Pedagogy emphases from MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Upon graduation, Jennifer was honored with the MTNA STaR Award, given to young teachers who show aptitude and excellence in the studio setting.  In 2011, she was named the Kansas Music Teachers Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  Jennifer is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. 

In addition to maintaining a studio, she has held numerous accompanying positions throughout the Kansas City area and frequently works as a freelance accompanist. She is an active member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, the Kansas City Federated Music Teachers and the Olathe Music Teachers Association.  

Jennifer believes in a comprehensive and multi-sensory approach to music education.  She has pursued specialized training in the methods of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Brain Gym Educational Kinesiology.  Jennifer enjoys developing materials and curriculum that allow her students to experience music through movement and hands-on activities.   A wide variety of materials for teachers and students are available for download and purchase through her website.

Jennifer also enjoys leading workshops and sharing ideas on how to incorporate movement, games and hands-on activities into private and group lessons.  If you are interested in booking a workshop for a local teachers association or other group, please contact her for a list of session topics.


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  1. LOVE your blog and website! Found it through Natalie’s blog. Thanks for sharing your games and activities, I’m always on the look out for new ideas and I’m grateful for teachers who are much more creative than I am!

  2. Jennifer,
    I found your site via Dror Perl’s posting on facebook Nice job on the blog and the games. I also like to make learning fun and multi-sensory. I mostly teach in groups and always love playing games. Recently I started using two game pieces and I keep track of teams progress by moving on the keys. If a team can play a particular piece like I request, then you get to move your teams piece up a note. I also use the game pieces as guards if students are having trouble staying in a particular geography of the piano. Keep up the the great blg.

    Best,

    Amber Bies

  3. Hi Jennifer,

    I have had the fortune of stumbling across your website and I have really enjoyed all your wonderful posts and the teaching resources you share! What a wealth of knowledge and ideas you have!

    I have a small music school in Victoria, Canada that teaches mainly private piano, violin and guitar lessons. I have been wanting to offer a group theory program to our students and I am wondering if you have any suggestions! I notice you talk about group lessons quite a bit and I am wondering how often you have your students come for theory and how you go about charging for this as part of your tuition? Any tips you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

    Keep writing! I’ll keep reading!

    Musically yours,
    Christine

    • Hi Christine!

      I’m glad you’ve found some things on the site you can use!

      I teach 60-minute group classes the last week of each month in place of regular private lessons. We always use a small part of the hour to perform for each other, then use the remainder to work on theory, listening, rhythm, etc. I charge by the semester, and just include the group classes in the lesson count (i.e. for spring semester students are guaranteed 18 lessons, so they’ll have 14 private lessons and 4 group lessons).

      I know other teachers who offer the group classes once a month (or at regular intervals) in addition to private lessons. I believe they usually charge an extra fee for group classes (students have to sign up ahead of time). I also know others who opt to teach groups instead of regular lessons for a week, but only do so once every other month (or just 1 or 2 times a semester). There are lots of ways to make it work!!

      Best of luck to you in starting a group program!!

      Jen Fink

  4. Jennifer,I found your site via Dror Perl’s posting on facebook Nice job on the blog and the games. I also like to make learning fun and multi-sensory. I mostly teach in groups and always love playing games. Recently I started using two game pieces and I keep track of teams progress by moving on the keys. If a team can play a particular piece like I request, then you get to move your teams piece up a note. I also use the game pieces as guards if students are having trouble staying in a particular geography of the piano. Keep up the the great blg.
    +1

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    I just discovered your website. What an amazing resource! I’m a music teacher in an elementary school and we have band instruments. I’m always looking for interesting ways to teach rhythm, theory etc. Thank you so much, I’ll have to keep coming back!

  6. Hello Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for making such a huge variety of teacher’s helps available for free!
    I’m a beginner teacher and am very much looking forward to using a lot of your ideas in my lessons.
    Warm regards
    Sandra

  7. Jennifer – your site is GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and creativity. I’m thinking about starting my own music ed. blog – do you mind if I link to your site from mine?

  8. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for an inspiring blog and amazing materials! You have fans way over here in….New Zealand! If you don’t mind, I’d like to put a link to your website on my own website, as I’ve been using your games in a few of my lessons recently and I’m hoping my students will print some of the games out to use at home :-)

    Spring greetings (!) from Elizabeth

  9. Hi Jennifer, greetings from the UK!
    I like your dynamic approach to teaching the piano and theory and I wonder if I could send you a couple of my books for piano for the review?
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Kind regards,
    Elena Cobb

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    Best wishes in your excellent Music Instruction endeavors in the good days ahead!

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  11. Hello Jennifer,

    Greetings from Mesa, AZ! I teach piano lessons in my home and just stumbled upon your website for the first time and I want to tell you how much I love what you’re doing! THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing your talents with the world… may your life be blessed for taking the interest and the time that you do to share with all of us. WE are blessed because of YOU!

    All the best to you,
    Karen Jackson

  12. Jennifer! This site is such a great resource and clearly you have some wonderful inspiration! I’ve come back to your site again and again to get ideas and I’ve posted links from my site to yours so that other folks can come and see what you’ve built here.

    I just realized that you’re from KC too! How exciting! It’s so fun to know that I have a fellow blogger and colleague in the KC Metro area!

    Keep up the great work!
    David

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