Jenna Potts

Violin Teacher, Administrator, Organization / Teacher Trainer

Jenna Potts

SAA Member

Contact

Framingham, MA
859-630-8474
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With a warm and inviting personality, Ms. Potts creates a positive environment where students feel comfortable and excited to be at their lessons. She loves sharing the enjoyment of music, violin, and simply beautiful sound with the students and families she meets. A cornerstone of her teaching philosophy is that people will enjoy what they do well, thus one of her primary goals in teaching is to develop ease of playing with solid technical skills. Students who are comfortable with their instrument enjoy playing their solo pieces skillfully and with great musicality. She has studied advanced college theory as well as theory pedagogy and is comfortable teaching theory from the very beginning up through college levels. She strongly believes that every single individual with a reasonable amount of dedication who wants to learn to play the violin can learn to play – and play beautifully. Nothing delights her more than to be able to play a part in this wonderful process.

Students of Ms. Potts have performed in the Rivers School Conservatory Orchestras, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the New England Conservatory Orchestras, the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the Bay Area Youth Symphonies. Outreach concerts have taken place at several area nursing homes, farmer’s markets, and local historical buildings among other fun locations! Several of her students have also chosen to participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program assessments have regularly received marks of “First Class Honors,” “First Class Honors with Distinction.” Her students have also earned certificates for “Best in the Center,” “Best in the State,” and the “Gold Medal: Best in the Nation.”

Ms. Potts holds a Master of Music with an Emphasis in Pedagogy from the Longy School of Music where she studied with Mark Lakirovich. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University where she also studied with faculty from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Potts is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taken Suzuki training with Moshe Neumann, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Sherry Cadow, Joanne Melvin, Tom Wermuth, Doris Preucil, and Nancy Jackson. Additional pedagogical studies have been with Clay Hoener, Valerie Bobbett Gardner and Terry Durbin. In addition to her private studio in Framingham, Ms. Potts teaches through the Rivers School Conservatory, where she coordinates the Suzuki Programs.

Ms. Potts can be found performing around the Boston area. She currently sits Principal Second in the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. She formerly served as President of the Massachusetts Suzuki Association.

More information regarding lessons with Ms. Potts can be found at her website: http://www.pottsviolinstudio.com/index.html