Clarinetist, Educator, and Emotional Intelligence in the Arts Advocate
Creating a safe space through education and performance for people to experience that which is themselves.
Jena Nahnsen is a versatile and exciting up and coming young artist. She started clarinet at the age of 10 and quickly uncovered her passion for music. She creates beautiful atmospheres with standard repertoire while expanding the boundaries of the clarinet through new music.
Jena has won numerous awards and competitions including: Cherokee Symphony Young Artist Competition winner (2018), Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra Concert of Solo winner (2019), St. Paul Schubert Club Honorable Mention (2019), Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Award (2019), and more.
She holds a bachelors degree in Clarinet Performance from Iowa State University where she studied under Dr. Gregory Oakes. Now, she is pursuing a master's degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studies under Mr. Todd Levy.
My mission as a private teacher is to not only help my students improve their clarinet playing, but also to help them develop their sense of self in the process.
Lessons are personalized to the student's level and goals. A typical lesson will start with fundamentals- breathing exercises, sound production, tone develpement, scales, etudes. Then we'll move on to the standard solo assigned. Here we'll focus on musical expression- phrasing, dynamic contrasts, tone color (advanced).
Suggested resources for beginners: Essential Elements 2000, Accents on Achievement or Rubank Elementary Methods
Suggested resources for Intermediate: Baermann Foundation Studies, Robert Spring Clarinet Warm-Up
Suggested Resources for Advanced: Jettel Klarinettenschule vol. 2 ,Kell 17 Articulation Studies, Kelly Burke Clarinet Warm-Ups
TEACHING REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
LIFT MUSIC FUND MINI CONCERT
April 1st at 7pm CST
An online event to raise funds for music microgrants to make music more equitable and accessible.
THE PATH IS PEACE RECITAL
Western Illinois University
April 25th at 1pm on Facebook Live