Jenelle Gruesen: Piano

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance Kent State University

Jenelle Gruesen is a native Northeast Ohioan who began studying piano at Steinway Hall in Akron at the age of four. She has performed in master classes with Dr. Donna Lee, and international concert pianist Laurent Boukobza. Jenelle continued her education completing two summer intensive programs in Piano Performance at North Carolina School of the Arts, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. She also participated in numerous Music Teachers National Association recitals, and festivals, and received an Honorable Mention at the Ohio Music Teachers Association Middle East District Buckeye Competition. Jenelle is currently studying under Dr. Jerry Wong at Kent State University where she will receive her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance Spring of 2017.

Jenelle is a member of the Brahms Allegro Junior Music Club, and has been an active private in-home piano instructor for six years in the Akron/Fairlawn area. She is also currently an Apprentice Teacher with Kent State University’s Teaching Institute Program. Jenelle strives to teach all areas of musicianship including theory, technique, ear-training, and sight- reading. She created a “Composer of the Month” program, giving her students the opportunity to learn fun facts about the composers, as well as listen to their famous pieces. Jenelle believes internalizing the different facets of music helps build the necessary framework for expression and appreciation. Utilizing many different activities in her lessons, Jenelle creates a fun learning environment that promotes self- expression and confidence. Having worked as an Apprentice Piano Technician at Kent State University, Jenelle also enjoys teaching her students about the instrument so they can better understand how it works, as well as proper care.