JENNIFER WAKEFIELD, MA, BED, B.MUS
Originally from Alberta, Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Education in Music before following her passion for ‘world’ music to Tanzania, Africa in 2003 where she lived and worked for five and a half years. During this experience, she gained a broad exposure to the traditional music and dance of East Africa and at the same time cultivated her skills as a general classroom Music Teacher, Choir Conductor and Private Piano and Vocal Coach. When she returned to Canada, she pursued a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology at York University. Jennifer continues to teach Voice, Piano and Choir to students of all ages and levels and she draws from a diverse range of repertoire. In addition, she continues to expand her knowledge of ethnic music through ongoing projects and performances as a singer, pianist and flautist. Her most recent projects are: the soprano section lead for Jubilate Singers, a member of a women’s jazz trio and a Celtic harp and flute duo.
PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
My goal is to create a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore, create and access their unique expression through their instrument.
Music, in general and singing in particular, is very personal. My goal is to create a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore, create and access their unique expression through their instrument. I teach according to each learner’s individual skill level and personal challenges.
After learning basic techniques, and experimenting with multiple genres and styles of music, the next step in the journey is to discover your true voice, your art and yourself. My role is to provide my students with as much information and support that I can to guide them on their journey…and I believe that learning is a journey that never ends.