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Keyboard Adventures

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.

Performance Experience
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.

Studio Location
Purcellville, Virginia
(540) 338-7062