We are expanding our offerings at Silver Music and thrilled to have guitarist, Jennifer Trowbridge, join us at our school!
Jennifer Trowbridge has enjoyed a 20-year career in guitar performance spanning classical music, jazz, world music, and a range of popular styles which has put her on stages in Chicago, New York, Jerusalem, Istanbul, and elsewhere. She has performed solo and collaborated with singers, dancers, actors, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians from all over the world. Jennifer began playing the banjo-ukulele at the age of three and the guitar at four. Performance, teaching, and scholarship have long been intertwined in her music career. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Chicago and a doctorate in guitar performance at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, with guitarist/pedagogue Anne Waller. After running a private guitar school in Chicago for nearly twenty years, she taught guitar at the Chicago High School for the Arts and the Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp. She has practiced a variety of teaching methods including the Suzuki Method, and has studied with some of the finest concert artists including Sérgio Assad, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia, Denis Azabagić, Jorge Caballero, and Michael Lorimer. She composed music for the award-winning documentary film, The Pantanal: Brazil’s Forgotten Wilderness, televised on PBS, and has been the recipient of several grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Dr. Trowbridge’s recent scholarship focuses on classical and avant-garde composers and performers who used Beatles songs to promote “serious” music in the 1960s and 1970s. She presented her research at major academic conferences around the country. This breadth of academic and teaching experience speaks to how deeply Jennifer values education and to how tightly woven her teaching is to her own learning and performance life. Since learning is a lifelong endeavor, she enjoys working with young children, teens, and adults, and finds that incorporating imaginative play into learning helps students of all ages.
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