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Jess Hakanson
Music Teacher, Professional
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Speaks: English
Instructs: Flute
Education: Bachelor's Degree in process, The Hartt School at University of Hartford; First year of bachelor's, Boston University School of Music (2022-2023)
Performance Experience: Boston University Wind Ensemble, 2022-2023; NJMEA All State Wind Ensemble, 2022; CJMEA Region II Symphonic Band (2019-2020), Wind Ensemble (2022); ASBDA All Shore Symphonic Band (2019-2022)
Teaching Experience: Taught ages 9-14 at the Freehold Music Camp (2022) Flute leadership position throughout high school (2019-2022)
Teaching Philosophy: As a musician, the goal should not be to play as fast as possible, louder than your peers, or to show off; rather, the goal is to create art that holds meaning to your audience. Ultimately, music is another way to express yourself, and my hope as a teacher is to help my students put their deepest emotions into their music. Playing flute has given me happiness that is indescribable, and I aim to provide this same spark to my students.

Get to know Jess

Jessica Hakanson began learning the flute at the age of 10.  Currently, Jessica is studying flute performance with Janet Arms at The Hartt School at University of Hartford and with Keith Underwood privately; she previously studied with Judy Peckmore and Linda Toote.  From the age of 12, she was a member of the All Shore Symphonic Band, placing principal flutist in eighth grade and ages 16-19; the CJMEA Region II Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble; and the NJMEA All State Wind Ensemble in her senior year of high school.  Throughout her career thus far, she has won several awards at competitions such as the blue ribbon from the New York Flute Club's Young Artist Competition and the Gold Star* Award at the Inaugural NJ Solo Festival.  

Jess teaches at:
100 US Highway 9 Suite 2
Manalapan, NJ 07726
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