Violin, Viola Teacher
Jenna Potts has been hailed as an exceptional rising violin instructor by many who have been in the private teaching sector for as many as 30-50 years. She has over a decade of experience teaching all of the different age groups, and she is as comfortable with the preschool/kindergarten student as she is with the adult student. 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.
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. Ms. Potts teaches using both Suzuki and “hybrid” approaches, tailoring the instruction to best meet the needs of each student. Both Suzuki and “hybrid” students begin learning theory and note reading concepts in the first few months of lessons. She has studied advanced college theory as well as theory pedagogy and is comfortable teaching theory from the very beginning up through college levels.
Students of Ms. Potts have performed in the 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, the Burlington Mall, the Topsfield Fair, and the Reading Festival of Trees 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, and Nancy Jackson. Additional pedagogical studies have been with Clay Hoener, Valerie Bobbett Gardner and Terry Durbin. In addition to her private studio in Cambridge, Ms. Potts teaches through the South Shore Conservatory and the Concord Conservatory. Other faculty positions have included Creative Arts in Reading, MA, the Pentucket School District, the Wyoming Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, OH, the Cincinnati Music Academy, and the Cincinnati Musical Arts Center.
Ms. Potts can be found performing around the Boston area. Noteworthy performances include July 2011 where she appeared as soloist with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic orchestra, and the summer of 2009, where she toured Hungary and Finland as a member of the Halo Ensemble. She has performed in the Clermont Orchestra in Cincinnati, OH, the Keene Chamber Orchestra in Keene, NH, and the Richmond Orchestra in Indiana.
More information regarding lessons with Ms. Potts can be found at her website: http://www.pottsviolinstudio.com/index.html