Piano Pic 2Jennifer Foxx has over 15 years of experience in speaking and enjoys giving presentations to fellow music teachers, sharing with them her teaching ideas and practices on topics such as technology, practicing, motivational programs, group lessons and summer music camps. Jennifer Foxx is nationally recognized from her teacher resource blog: Jennifer has been a member of MTNA since 2000. She has served twice as chapter President; Tooele Chapter (2004-2006) and Phoenix Chapter (2011-2013) in addition to many other positions as needed. Jennifer attended Rick’s College, majoring in Elementary Education, minoring in Music Education and has taught piano lessons for 25 years.

Jennifer has a successful studio in Arizona and is dedicated to the success of each of her students. Jennifer’s personal mission as a teacher is to provide quality music education to each of her students. When students learn from Jennifer, they learn much more than just how to play the piano. Music is history, science, foreign language, math, and art. Jennifer incorporates all those facets of music into her teaching.

If you are interested in having Jennifer Foxx present to your group, please contact her directly


Presentation Topics and Descriptions:

Engaged Learning

Have you ever had a student that you have taught for several years but still have a hard time finding treble G on the staff? How about a student that has said to you, “I never learned that!” when you know for a fact that you have taught the concept over a dozen times.

Learning is much more than inputting and outputting information. How do we really know when a student is engaged in learning their instrument? Engaged learning is the process in which students actively participate in their learning. Our job as teachers is to serve as a coach or facilitator to help guide students to their goal.

Topics in this presentation will include but not limited to identifying and assessing learning styles and how they apply to our students, understanding how the ear, eye, hand and mind play an important role in the music learning cycle, understanding emotions and how to influence motivation, building confidence and promote competence in our students and learn how to apply practical tools to engage learning in their individual teaching studio.

Teachers will be encouraged to engage and share with each other. This presentation will conclude with specific activities and resources teachers can use with their students to check for understanding and create a more engaged learning environment in their studio.

“No matter how well planned, how interesting, stimulating, colorful, or relevant the lesson, if the teacher does all of the interacting with the material, the teacher’s, not the student’s brain, will grow.” Pat Wolfe

Engaged Learning Handout

Staying Relevant in Today’s Generation

There are many teachers and studios struggling to get new students or retain the students they have. The state of the economy is often blamed for this. In this presentation teachers will learn some tips and tools that will help them stay relevant, drawing students to their studio. Teachers will learn about marketing, why it’s important and some ideas that work well. Teachers will learn about the importance of staying educated. And lastly teachers will learn to step out of the box and try some new ideas that will not only, educate, engage and inspire students to continue with lessons but encourage parents to keep their child in lessons, despite the ups and downs that come along with it.

Staying Relevant in Today’s Generation is one of the most important things we as business owners must do in order for our business to not only survive but to thrive. Teachers CAN thrive despite the ups and downs of the economy and teachers do not need to settle because of it.

There’s an App for That!

Warning: This presentation may give you the strong desire to purchase an iPad or similar product if you don’t own one already. We will review IOS music apps in over 15 music categories that are available for teachers and students to use in the studio and at home. Do you have a student that needs more practice with their note reading, rhythm or ear training? There’s an App for That! How about needing to slow down the tempo of an audio file so the student can practice their piece easier? There’s an App for That! Or maybe you are looking for an app to keep track of practice goals, even record yourself for evaluation? Yes, there is even an App for That!

This presentation is known to have some app giveaways at the end! (if available)

Music Camps and Workshops

Everyone needs a break or we burnout. In this presentation, teachers will learn how to schedule music camps and workshops in their studio during the busiest seasons during the year. (Not just summer!) Attendees will learn the ins and outs of holding a camp or workshop in their studio and what it takes to be successful.  They will learn how to create excitement in their studio about camp.  Specific music resources and ideas will be shown in this presentation that teachers can use in their camps, many of which they might already have in their studio.  Teachers will learn how to create a lesson plan with those resources and how to include this all in the tuition and not lose any income.

Music Camps and Workshops are a win-win for both our students’ families and teachers.

Add Some *Bling* to Your Teaching: Incorporating Technology into Your Studio

Is your studio needing a little bling to make it more exciting and up to date? Including technology in the studio does not need to be complicated. Learn practical ideas that will get your started. Learn the ins and outs of starting and running a studio lab.  This presentation will include some favorite free resources, websites and apps teachers can use with their students.  In addition, find out some fun ways to use technology in a group setting. If you have the desire to incorporate or enhance technology in your studio, this is a presentation you will not want to miss!

Creating a Studio Policy and Sticking to It!

Do you have a studio policy? Are you having a hard time sticking to it? Are you a people pleaser? In this session we will go through why a studio policy is important to have in your studio, steps on creating not only one that is relevant to your studio but something you will be able to stick with.   Learn tips and tricks on how to resolve conflicts and confrontations with families that like to “test” your policies or think they may be the exception.

Motivational Programs with a Theme

What is it about themes that gets students (and teacher!) motivated? In this presentation, learn how themes in the studio can refocus, re-motivate and get students to accomplish more then they thought they could. In this presentation, we will touch on yearly themes, group lesson themes, camp and workshop themes and recital themes. There is a lot to cover so be ready to take it all in!

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