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Jennifer Picard – Violin, Suzuki Violin

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Jennifer approaches every student as an individual, and finds enjoyment in learning more every day how to make music accessible and fun for each student. Teaching both violin and viola in both Suzuki and traditional teaching styles, Jennifer has 14 years of teaching experience. The feeling of having an instrument placed on your shoulder for the first time is something Jennifer hopes every child has the chance to experience. Jennifer nurtures the idea that music should always be fun, and loves to teach her students songs they want to play from movies or songs they know.

Originally from Atlanta GA, Jennifer Picard began playing the viola at age 12 after falling in love with film music, particularly the music from Star Wars and the music of John Williams. The first time Jennifer saw the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in concert, she couldn’t help but notice the wordless communication amongst the players in the form of occasional glances and smiles. They were playing Mozart and having a grand time doing so, and Jennifer was fascinated. She knew then without a doubt she wanted to play music for the rest of her life. One year later she joined The Metropolitan Youth Concert Orchestra and made her first concerto debut with the Buckhead Youth Orchestra at age 14. Eventually joining The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, she looked forward to spending every weekend playing and rehearsing with her friends in an orchestral setting. Playing in a symphony orchestra has always been Jennifer’s greatest source of inspiration.

Jennifer attended Georgia State University for her undergraduate studies in performance, studying with Tania Maxwell Clements. She attended Northwestern University for her graduate studies in performance and violin pedagogy, studying with world renowned player and pedagogue, Roland Vamos. During her time at Northwestern she also studied orchestral excerpts under Charles Pikler, principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about all areas of music, Jennifer has enjoyed narrating Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed two concert series for Collective Soul’s DVD “Home” with The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and recently traveled through 19 cities in China with the Hollywood Film Orchestra playing movie music. She is also passionate about historical musicology and the history of the great composers. She used to write program notes for orchestra concerts in her spare time. Jennifer moved to Cincinnati in 2014. In addition to WFAC she currently also teaches violin and viola with the CCM Preparatory Department at Cincinnati’s SCPA and Hyde Park school. She still tends to her original passion of playing in orchestras on the nights and weekends with symphonies in the area.

In her spare time, Jennifer is an avid backyard astronomer.

 

 

Upcoming Events

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Fall 2017! (it’s getting close!)

Fall is around the corner! Web updates for online registering are in the works. All classes prices are as listed. Registration fee of $25 for 1st child, and $12.50 for second child is added. Family members in excess of first 2 are not charged the registration fee.

Dates of programs:

Musik Kids – new this year – UNLIMITED CLASSES:

  • Fall Music and Movement: 9/5 – 12/12
    • Family Music (Ages 1-4) 35 min, child attends with parent or care giver ($195)
      • Monday 10 am
      • Tuesday 6 pm
      • Thursday 10 am
      • Saturday 10 am
    • Pre-Piano (Ages 4-1/2 – 6) 45 min, child attends alone. Parent comes for share-time at the end of class ($250)
      • Monday 10 am
      • Wednesday 4:15 pm
      • Saturday 10 am
  • Fall Group Piano: 8/26 (Ages 5-1/2 – 12) 60-65 min, 14 classes, 1 recital ($330)
    • New Beginner – Book 1 groups*
      • Tuesday 4:30 pm – Ms. Diane
      • Saturday 11 am – Ms. Diane
        • ** Prerequisites for New Beginner: 1) Pre-Piano classes here or equivalent elsewhere of 1-2 years, 2) Parent orientation and parent attending the class for Book 1 (1-2 years). If you are new to MK program, call Ms. Mary directly at 513-259-4459.
    • Continuing Books 2-5
      • Tuesday 4:30 – Ms. Mary
      • Wednesday 5 pm – Ms. Mary
      • Saturday 11 am – Ms. Mary
      • Saturday 12:15 – Ms. Diane

Art (Studio Art)

  • NEW: Preschool Art: 7 week sessions ($99.40)
    • Friday 10:00-11:00am
      • Fall: 9/22-11/3
      • Winter: 1/12-2/23
      • Spring: 4/6-5/8
  • Fall Quarter Elementary to HS
  • September 11-December 9 (12 weeks, off week 11/20-26)
    • K-2: Saturday 9-10:00 am ($170.40)
    • Grades 2-4 Tuesday 6-7:15 pm ($213)
    • Middle School: Saturday 10:15-11:30 am ($213)
    • HS: Wednesday 3:30-5:00 pm ($255.60)
  • Winter Quarter: January 15- March 24 (10 weeks)
  • Spring Quarter: April 2-May 26th (9 weeks)

Hip-Hop Dance

  • NEW DAY! Wednesdays 6:15 – 7-15 pm ($241.40/17 weeks)
  • Fall – Sept 6 to Jan 17 (off 11/22, 12/27, 1/3)
  • Winter/Spring – Jan 24 to May 23 (off 3/28)

Musical Theater: Two Semesters, 14 and 17 weeks

  • Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 pm
  • Fall: 9/6 – 12/13 (off 11/22), Show 12/13 @ 5:30  ($264.60)
  • Winter/Spring:  1/ 10 – 5/16 (off 3/28), Show: 5/16 @ 5:30 ($321.30)

Private Lessons and Suzuki Piano (can be joined at any time):

  • Fall: 8/14 – 11/5  (make-up week: 11/20-22)
  • Winter: 11/6 – 2/18 (make-up week: 2/19-25)
  • Spring: 2/26 – 5/27 (make-up week: 5/28-6/3)

Suzuki Violin, Viola and Cello; Orchestras (15 week terms):

  • Private lessons start: Tuesday, Sept. 5
  • Orchestras start: Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Kick-off: 9/14 (tentative)

NEW: Winter Camp 2018: Jan 2 – 5, 2018 (Tuesday to Friday) 

  • 9 am – 12 pm     Winter Break Musical Theater – Winter Wonderland! ($176)
  • 1 – 3 pm               Winter Break Art Bonanza – It’s the Holidays! ($116)
  • Before and after care available: 8:15 drop-off, 5:30 pick-up ($25 for the week)

NEW: Family Music Time OPEN HOUSE: Jan. 20, 10-10:50 am for ages 1-1/2 to 6 – FREE!

  • 10 am – instrument making
  • 10:15 – Move! Sing! Play!
    • Led by the early childhood music specialists of the Musik Kids program,this fun and interactive music-making time will delight you and your children.