Mrs. Jessica Retana

Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Jessica Retana

SAA Member


Albquerque, NM
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Jessica Retana is the founder and instructor at The Well-Balanced Violin Studio. Jessica is a violin teacher and early childhood music educator that uses the Suzuki Method to teach music to children from birth. She also teaches Intermediate/Advanced violin students the importance of taking care of your body while playing the violin. She believes that preventing unnecessary tension, pain, and injuries at a young age will unlock the ability and enjoyment of playing the violin for life.

Jessica received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Violin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She studied with Elisabeth Small, former Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and pupil of Dorothy DeLay, as well as Alison Gooding Hoffman, First Violinist of the Nashville Symphony and founding member of the Grammy nominated Alias Chamber Ensemble. While studying at Belmont University, Jessica received multiple opportunities to participate in major festivals in the United States, including the National Orchestral Institute and the National Music Festival. Through Belmont University and summer festivals, she has a great deal of orchestral recording experience on NPR, Naxos records, national televised broadcasts on PBS, and many other recording projects in Nashville.

After her studies at Belmont, Jessica received her Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she studied with Diane Kitzman, Principal First Violinist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. While in Dallas, Jessica regularly performed with regional orchestras such as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Symphony, and Longview Symphony. Mrs. Retana also taught privately for the Plano Independent School District, while maintaining a private studio in Dallas.

Jessica has received Suzuki violin teacher training and mentorship from Charles Krigbaum, as well as additional training from Daina Volodka Staggs, Ed Kreitman, Teri Einfeldt, and Ann Montzka-Smelser. She has also received training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education from Lynn McCall and Wan Tsai Chen. She currently performs with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO, as well as other ensembles in Albuquerque including Giovanni String Quartet and New Mexico Philharmonic.