Jen has been teaching violin, viola, and piano privately for over 20 years. She believes in an individually tailored teaching method for all her students, incorporating elements of the major pedagogical schools and her own ideas. Jen teaches all ages and levels in her private studio and enjoys sharing music with the youngest children starting at age two.
Jen has also been a teaching artist for numerous New York City public elementary and middle schools, working with programs such as Community Works, the Harmony Program, and Brooklyn Philharmonic’s SmartARTS. Additionally, she worked with nursery school children for six years and co-founded/directed the Clinton Hill Music School (CHMS) in 2012 where she initiated a scholarship fund.
To set up a private violin, viola, or piano lesson with Jen, please email her at Jen.Herman8 at gmail.com.
“My son, then 7 years old, bounced home from school one day and announced that he wanted to learn how to play the violin. Jen has been a wonderful teacher for him, knowledgeable and patient, great at keeping him engaged during lessons, even when it’s via videochat. He has been taking lessons for about a year now, and is really developing his ear as well as a love for playing music, and it’s all thanks to Jen.” -Reka
“When my daughter turned 3, she started showing interest in the violin. I tried to find a teacher for her, but it is widely known that most NYC music schools will not take students that young. We feel lucky to have found Jen because she is experienced in working with both very young and older children and knows how to build on their interest and eagerness to play an instrument. More importantly however, she understands the importance of starting the right way– focusing first on holding the instrument correctly and getting comfortable with the most rudimentary skills first. Jen patiently guided my daughter through learning open strings, building her confidence and now, a year later, my daughter can play tunes such as twinkle twinkle little star, the A major scale, D major scale, etc. My daughter is eager to learn and has a good foundation to build on, thanks to Jen.” -Lucille
“Our son has been taking lessons with Jen now for over a year and he loves it. Jen is always super patient and able to connect with him to ensure he is engaged. Even during COVID we were able to continue our lessons virtually. Thanks Jen!” -Danielle