Music Theory, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Janisse has a unique passion for teaching piano. She strongly believes in the development of the well rounded student by incorporating technique, diverse genres of repertoire, sight-reading, music history, theory, musicianship, and ear training.
Students are provided with a rigorous program from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Levels 1-10, Associate Degree in Piano Performance, and Associate Degree in Piano Pedagogy), Certificate of Merit (Level 1-Advanced/Panel Auditions), and National Guild International Piano Auditions (Elementary through Young Artist Post Graduate, High School Diploma).
Her philosophy promotes a life long skill and passion for art of music. She believes that students should be challenged to perform at their fullest potential.
She also strongly encourages her students to participate in community service activities that promote education, performance, and community outreach.
My Musical Education Background
Master of Music Degree Piano Performance University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music Degree Piano Performance University of Utah School of Music
Permanent Nationally Certified Teacher of Music from the Music Teachers National Association and the California Association of Professional Musicians.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Private Piano Lessons, Monthly Musicianship Classes (Ear Training and Theory), Theory, Ear Training, Technique, Sight-reading, Performance Skills, Solo, Ensemble, and Concerto Repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post Romantic, 20th, and 21st Century), Studio Performance Classes, Recitals, and Community Service.
A rigorous piano program offered from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, Certificate of Merit, and National Guild International Piano Auditions.
Tuition information is available upon request.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Beginning, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Students of All Ages
My Certifications and Awards
Professional Awards and Memberships:
Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, Stanislaus County Center Representative
Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
Active Member of the National Music Teachers Association 1991-2012
Active Member of the Music Teachers Association of California 2012-2013
Active Member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers 2012-2013
Founder and Director of the Utah Federation of Music Clubs Summer Music Academy at the University of Utah Youth Department
State Chair of Senior Clubs for Utah Federation of Music Clubs 2002-2012
Salt Lake Chair for Concerto and Ensemble Utah Federation Festivals 2000-2012
Utah Federation of Music Clubs State Board and Senior Club 2000-2012
National Music Week State Chairman 2000-2012
National Guild National Fraternity of Student Musicians, National Federation of Music Clubs, and American College of Musicians.
Students selected and performed on the Utah Federation of Music Clubs Honor's Recitals on Temple Square 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007
In 2010, 2009, and 2007, Janisse had students that won 1st Place in the NFMC Essay Contest for Utah
In 2007, Janisse was awarded the Honorary Teacher Certification from the American College of Musicians in recognition of her pupil's high achievements in the National Guild Piano Auditions
High honors for the National Honor Roll of Guild Teachers
In 2005, 100% of her studio received a Top Talent Superior Plus Rating in the National Guild Auditions
Faculty of the Preparatory Division at the University of Utah from 1991 - 2000 and Faculty Undergraduate Piano 1991-1993
Director of the Music Teachers National Association Utah State Performance Competition in 2007
Utah State Chair for Performance Evaluations and the Utah State Conference Honor’s Recitals 2004-2006
President of the Utah Music Teachers Association, SLC 2000-2001
1st Vice President of the Utah Music Teachers Association, SLC 1998-200
Experienced Adjudicator for National Guild Piano Auditions and for many state and local piano competitions
State Board Member of the Utah Music Teachers Association 2000-2007
In 2004, her students had a sweeping victory with 4 top cash prizes, and 3 honorable mentions in the UMTA Competition
In 2004, two students were selected and performed in a Master Class at the UMTA State Convention
Every year, her students are selected to perform in the UMTA State Conference State Honor’s Recital
In 2003, six of her students were selected for the UMTA State Honor’s Recital at the Convention at BYU
Students selected to perform in University of Utah Preparatory Division Honor Recitals 94–00
Winners of Utah Music Teachers Association State Concerto Competition
Every year, her students are award winning and have performed Piano Concertos with many different orchestras
Musiclink Participant for 12 years awarding scholarship lessons for family hardships
Member of the National Charity League. Volunteering over 100 hours per year. She has also served on the Nominating Committee.
My Musical Influences
"Where words fail, music speaks" by Hans Christian Andersen
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." by Sergei Rachmaninov
"When you play music, you discover a part of yourself you never knew existed." by Bill Evens
Salt Lake City, UT
March 15, 2009 Thank you for teaching your students about grace and poise. Compared with the other 4 kids I saw perform with Peter and Lauren during the past two Saturdays, I must say your students sure know how to announce their pieces and make a "stage presence". The 2 boys Peter was with this morning didn't give full titles for their pieces (opus #) and didn't bow. They spoke quietly and didn't make good eye contact. Even though Peter was very nervous, he did not forget to smile, bow, announce his pieces clearly, and he appeared confident. I was telling my mom on the phone this morning that this is such a valuable skill that you have taught your students that can be used in any public speaking context. Thanks again for sharing this gift with my children. Sheryll Vanderhooft
Salt Lake City, UT
March 28, 2009 Hey Janisse! I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the preparation that you have provided for me. Today AIM seemed really easy and it was because you pushed us so hard. I thought that AIM would be really hard because of how you were testing us, but you were over-preparing us, which is much better than being under-prepared. I got through all of my exams in about an hour and a half, thanks to your preparation. Anyways, you are such a great teacher! Thanks for helping me out. You are awesome!!! Love, Lauren
Salt Lake City, UT
Hi Janisse, Thank you for organizing such a terrific summer program! Alex had a blast, and within minutes of picking him up on the last day, he asked if he could do it again next summer. Ben wants to do it next summer, too. WOW – YOU ARE TREMENDOUS AND YOUR PIANO ACADEMY IS AMAZING! Many thanks J Heidi
Salt Lake City, UT
October 7, 2010 Allison Barton, age 11 has to compile a scrapbook for a school assignment detailing what her life "has been" like for the past 30 years, i.e. when she's 41 and looking back at what she's accomplished. After i finished college, I heavily went into my passion, piano. I have now been playing since I was six years old and love it. I can also play a lot of woodwind instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, french horn, clarinet, and so much more. I find that if you now your basic steps in piano and all of the terms, it is very easy to learn how to play a new instrument. I often play for people for fun. I practice everyday for 2 hours I know it sounds like a lot but it is very fun and so worth it.