074_stray_local_2017LSS MISSION STATEMENT  “My goal is to teach music to create beautiful human beings and to push myself to grow in new ways.  I use a community-rich form of the Suzuki approach, the violin, and a teaching method crafted to each student’s learning needs to develop well-rounded musicians that can use music in its many forms for life-long personal, local and global enrichment.”  Jessica Landes

Jessica Landes has been teaching and performing since 1995.  She received her Master’s in Music Performance with a concentration in Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University in 2015 and her B.S. in Music Education from Goshen College, Indiana, in 2000.  She was the first to start a music workshop called Rhythm & Bloom at the Braddock Carnegie Library in Braddock, PA and has a special interest in music programming in libraries because of the many parallels to literacy and the creative process.  Jessica’s Master’s thesis fuses work from her library workshop and her private violin studio and  brings to light the importance of composition in music education, presenting original guided compositional studies for teachers of young violinists.

Having studied Suzuki piano since the age of 5 and Suzuki violin from age 10, her Suzuki training naturally led to certification in teaching Suzuki violin.  Jessica is a registered Suzuki teacher in violin for books 1-10.  In addition to violin and piano she has studied harpsichord and upright bass.  Her principle teachers include Hye-Jin Kim (ECU), Joanne Bath (ECU), Lon Sherer (Goshen College), Michael Jamanis (PA Academy of Music, Lancaster), Elizabeth Hess, Cheryl Gingrich, JoAnn Wagstaff, and Cheryl Yerkes.

Jessica enjoys many musical styles and genres, especially baroque chamber music and old time string band folk music.  She is currently a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.  An avid fiddler, she is also an active member of the band Stray Local, “a folk celebration, an invitation to dance, a reminder of why the South is known for music that makes you feel at home.”  In 2014 she was selected to tour with the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival “Next Gen” concert series based in Greenville, NC.  She has been a member of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and in the summer of 2017 performed with Stray Local in the Festival International de Musique Universitaire in Belfort, France.

In addition to loving music, Jessica enjoys tinkering around the house, gardening, camping and campfires, eating local food, discovering new music, and spending time with her husband and daughter.  One day she would like to run a music program connected to a library or after-school program, live in a hut, and play in a mariachi band.

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