Jennifer Merry is a pianist, singer and teacher who has taught music to students of all ages in diverse settings for nearly 30 years. In addition to offering piano and voice lessons in her home studio, she is on the faculty of the Northwestern University Music Academy, where she has taught private piano lessons and pre-piano classes since 1989. Ms. Merry has also served as the Junior Choir director at the North Shore Unitarian church in Deerfield.
In addition, Ms. Merry taught general music and chorus to students in grades 3 through 7 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview for five years. She was also the founder and director of Music Together of Glenview, an early childhood music program for families and children, ages birth thru 4 years. Other institutions where Ms. Merry taught piano include Roosevelt University and DePaul University. She was an early recipient of the D.H. Baldwin Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, a national award which recognizes talented young music teachers and helps them to establish private studios.
Ms. Merry holds two Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University; one in piano performance and pedagogy and one in music education. She currently sings alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the oldest musical organization in the city, which regularly presents concerts at various venues around Chicagoland. Ms. Merry is also an active piano accompanist to singers, instrumentalists and choral groups.
In addition to teaching and performing music, Ms. Merry is a published writer. She has reviewed new music for Clavier and American Music Teacher magazines, and has contributed articles to Keyboard Companion magazine.