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Jennie Tanner

Blountsville, AL 35031 (map)

Lessons Offered

Keyboard, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

I am an encouraging teacher in my mid-20s with seven years of education experience and a Master's in piano performance. My philosophy is to teach students the kinds of music THEY are interested in, within a framework that equips them with good technique and the ability to approach music independently. Love classical? Cool. Hate it? Also cool.

My approach centers on two fundamentals: ear training so that students learn to understand music as a language; and developing body awareness in relationship to the instrument so that students are able to relax and play fluidly. These two elements are the pillars of enjoyable music-making.

My Musical Education Background

I started playing piano at age 8 and percussion in 9th grade. While a sophomore at Jacksonville State Univerisity, I began teaching front ensembles and collecting a gaggle of private piano and percussion students, who I taught in between my own classes. I studied piano pedagogy extensively during grad school at the University of Alabama. After completing my Master's in 2021, I began teaching piano full-time for a studio in Birmingham, and in the summer of 2022 I settled down in Blountsville with my fiance and began building up my own clientele of piano students. I also work extensively with an award-winning high school percussion program in the northern Birmingham area.

Genres and Subjects Taught


-Classical (all periods)

-Pop of all genres (using lead sheets, chord charts, etc.)

-Fundamentals of jazz

-Soundtrack music (video games, movies, etc.)


-Marimba and xylophone

-Snare drum


-Music theory



Lesson Rates

Half hour lessons: $20/lesson, billed as $80 monthly tuition due at the first lesson of the month; double that for hour lessons.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Literally all. Everyone is welcome!

I currently teach at the collegiate level and am qualified to teach advanced students. I also love teaching beginners!

My Certifications and Awards

MM Music Peformance (Piano) - The University of Alabama, 2021

BA General Music (Piano, secondary Percussion) - Jacksonville State University, 2018

My Musical Influences

Claude Debussy, Florence Price, Frederic Chopin, Robin Pecknold, Ben Folds, Carole King.

The incredible teachers I've had, who are formidable artists.

My sweet students, for whom I often compose music.

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