Jennifer Iovanne Mackend
TEACHER, PIANO AND VOICE
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WHY IOVANNE MUSIC ACADEMY?
Making music fun. Keeping standards high. Iovanne Music Academy features highly qualified, enthusiastic educators dedicated to teaching private piano and voice lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. Conveniently located in Kirkland, Washington (North Juanita and Rose Hill locations); in-home lessons also available throughout the Eastside.
Interested in classical, jazz, pop, country, theory, improvisation, composition, or just learning the basics? Rather than follow a 'one size fits all' approach, our educators work to understand your goals, learning styles and interests. We believe in building well-rounded musicians, with lessons tailored to the individual. Our students read music, compose, arrange, perform for others and enjoy lessons. We believe music is a lifelong journey that should be fun, challenging, and shared with others. Iovanne Music Academy is a wonderful place to explore your music goals and learn from teachers truly dedicated to their craft.
Call 206.384.7952 to find out more! Lessons offered weekdays and weekends to fit your schedule. Interested in a great gift idea? We proudly offer convenient and affordable trial-lesson packages!
Jennifer began teaching private piano and voice lessons in early 2007, and founded Iovanne Music Academy in 2013 to provide quality music education to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Drawn to music at an early age, Jennifer began music lessons at age 5 and was accompanying choirs and working under a voice teacher in her middle and high school years. An active music educator, director, arranger and performer since graduating from the University of Washington in 2006, Jennifer has taught privately and collaborated with some of the area's most vibrant arts organizations, including Studio East, Broadway Bound, Gallery School of Music and Dance, The Ballet Studio and Evergreen City Ballet.
Jennifer is a highly respected wedding and event performer, and was awarded #1 Music in KING5's Best of Western Washington 2010 , 2013 and 2014, was the Top-Rated Pianist/Vocalist in 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 and was honored to receive WeddingWire's Bride's Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013. She has performed in some of the area's top venues, including the Washington State Governor's Mansion, Columbia Tower Club, Four Seasons Hotel, Salish Lodge, and Seattle Aquarium, among many others.
TEACHER, PIANO AND VOICE
Whittaker has a rich background of musical pedagogy, performance, and theory. He studied piano under June Smith with a particular focus on technique and the romantic era of Beethoven, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. At PLU he served as an accompanist for numerous individual performers and as section leaders in several choirs. He has since served as the accompanist for a wide variety of choirs from the traditional choirs of St. Thomas More in Pullman, to more contemporary choirs at St. Louise in Bellevue and St. Anthony in Renton. Yet his first, and enduring, love is vocal performance. His private vocal education is complemented by his involvement in multiple choirs, including choral tours throughout the US and Europe. He as also served as soloist, cantor, and director for a number of church choirs through the northwest.
Ultimately, his piano and voices lessons are filled with a lot of humor, musical anecdotes to connect abstract music with people. He places a strong emphasis on theory and technique, along with musical history, in order to integrate the broad styles found within contemporary and classical music to create a real and rich understanding of music, and through that, a deeper love of music. Younger/beginning students will connect with his humor, congeniality, and patience, while advanced students will appreciate his depth of knowledge, experience, and sincere love of music.