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Dr. Jessica Briggs Biography



    Dr. Jessica Briggs is a piano teacher in Elkhart, Indiana with over 24 years of teaching experience. She has taught a wide range of students from beginners to those seeking rigorous study in preparation for entrance to a university. Students will feel challenged in an encouraging, nurturing environment.


       At an early age, Briggs was fortunate to be on the receiving end of truly life-changing teaching. Her studies with reknowned pedagogue and pianist Marvin Blickenstaff played a significant role in her decision to become a piano teacher. Further studies including a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Ball State University, helped to instill not only the love of learning, but the never-ending pursuit of teaching effectiveness and excellence. 


       A passion for teaching students of all ages and abilities has led Briggs to understand two vital components to successful piano study: all students want to have fun by enjoying that "feel good" experience that making music has to offer, and all students need to feel successful. It is Briggs' goal to make sure that all students have these needs met.

      For the past 15 years, Briggs has lived and taught in Bowling Green, OH. While there she was on the faculty of The University of Findlay for 10 years teaching applied piano and music theory, maintained a piano studio of up to 45 students, and was pianist/organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo.


      In June of 2024 she relocated to Elkhart, Indiana with her family. Currently, Briggs maintains a piano studio at home in Elkhart, Indiana and serves as Assistant Music Director at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Elkhart, IN.


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