Ann Jansen

Piano, Guitar

SAA Member


Saint Cloud, MN
[javascript protected email address]

I fell in the love with the Suzuki Teaching Method when my own children took piano and violin lessons. The Suzuki Method trains the “whole” student. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s aim was to “build fine and noble citizens” to play with a “beautiful tone.” Students are trained to “think for themselves” versus only me telling them how to improve. This method builds self-confidence, positive critiquing, and lends toward self-motivation. Students learn note reading after completing Volume 1.
Students can participate in a monthly group lesson where theory, music history, ear training, and other musical concepts are reinforced through games and other interactive activities. Students can share their musical heart during a monthly trip to a local senior care facility where the students engage with the residents through song-leading and piano accompaniment (not solos). Students can also sing/perform at Art in Motion at the BoHo Cafe in Holdingford which is an amazing opportunity in a relaxed situation. Students can participate in two recitals per school year. These four activities are optional but highly encouraged.
I also teach accompaniment and improvisational styles of piano which “brings out creativity from deep down within the soul.” I encourage families to “jam” at home meaning to gather together to share the talents of each person which includes encouraging the parents and grandparents to “dust off their instruments” to join in to create family memories, especially during Christmas time. I also teach guitar lessons.
One of the beauties of private lessons is being able to hone in on the needs of each child and watching them grow through the years while developing a heartfelt relationship. My current student’s ages from 3 yrs to 76 yrs. I offer lessons year-round.
I took the Suzuki training at the Virginia and Memphis Suzuki Institutes and am certified through Volume 3 Piano School.
I continue to produce products for my students’ needs. My latest venture is to share these ideas with other teachers and students through my website.