June 7, 2016 – Jessica Louis Coe has joined the Crescendo piano teaching faculty. Before returning home to Michigan, Jessica Louise Coe studied, lived, and worked in Chicago for fourteen years. She spent seven of those years as a teaching artist at the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching diverse styles of piano and voice to students of all ages and abilities.
Whether working with voice or piano students, Jessica prioritizes technical development but only as a means to an end and not the ultimate goal. “I believe the ultimate goal of learning an instrument is to have the ability to create meaningful art that impacts others, drawing from technical skills to create nuance and diverse expression based upon an understanding of the music. My secondary goal with students is that they become independent musicians who are well-equipped to study, learn, and interpret music on their own. I believe this is possible for every student when he or she has achieved music literacy/fluency, developed an acute aural awareness and has a working knowledge of music history and theory. I would like all my students to take ownership of their art and work with them to teach them what this concept means and how to attain it.”
Her complete bio can be found here.