A Brief History
Jennifer Warren Baker is well-known in the Loudoun
area for her high-energy playing and her moving
piano compositions. Active as a performer, educator,
and composer of keyboard music, Jennifer lives and
breathes music. A native to the DC area, she
attended George Mason University where she earned a
BA in music with a concentration in piano. She
completed a teaching internship in group-piano
classes at Contemporary Keyboard Studios in Falls
Church. Upon graduating, Jennifer took on several
private piano students and soon discovered how much
fun teaching could be. When her clientele rapidly
grew to 30 students with 30 more on a wait list, she
realized that she had quite a good thing going. In
2000 she named her studio Keyboard Adventures. Today
Keyboard Adventures offers a modern, creative
alternative to traditional piano lessons.
As a performer, Jennifer really has no boundaries.
Whether it's accompanying vocalists and choirs, or
playing with contemporary bands and ensembles, or
performing her solo piano compositions, Jennifer
accepts any challenge presented to her. She is
currently employed as an accompanist for Spirit!,
and adult contemporary choir of Community Lutheran
Church in Sterling, Virginia. She specializes in
musical theater accompanying and can be seen
regularly as a rehearsal pianist and accompanist for
The Growing Stage summer camps and other musical
theater ventures. Jennifer has also performed as a
soloist with Franklin Park Visual and Performing
Arts Center and spent four years as a staff pianist
at Round Hill United Methodist Church. Having very
creative tendencies, Jennifer is unique in her
ability to weave her own compositions and musical
ideas into all of her performance events.
The Teaching Philosophy
Jennifer's teaching approach is unique in several
ways. To keep the student engaged, she teaches a
diverse repertoire spanning many genres and ethnic
backgrounds, including classical, jazz, blues,
boogie, Spanish, rock, pop, sacred, and movie music.
To keep lessons fun and enliven the learning
experience, Jennifer relies heavily on technology.
Teaching on a top-of-the-line Technics Digital
Ensemble Piano, Jennifer fully utilizes the
capabilities of her instrument to keep things fun.
Since students often learn better by listening,
Jennifer often records difficult music for students
on a floppy disk that they can listen to on their
home computer. Students also participate in a
self-paced music theory computer lab in the 15
minutes prior to their lesson.
Of course, technology is only an enhancement to the
firm musical foundation provided by Jennifer's
skilled and patient instruction. By combining that
firm foundation with loads of creativity and a
splash of fun, Jennifer hopes that all of her
students will develop a life-long love of music and
an appreciation for the art form.
Jennifer currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia
with her husband William and son, Andrew.