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Assistant Adjunct - Music Department
Dr. Jenna Braaksma currently serves as Assistant Adjunct in Piano at Dordt University. She currently teaches the Introduction to Music Literature, Introduction to Music Fundamentals, and Piano Literature/Pedagogy courses. In addition to her teaching at Dordt, she is the piano faculty and collaborative pianist at Buena Vista University.
Dr. Braaksma has enjoyed a teaching career in a variety of educational settings, including collegiate and secondary levels. Prior to teaching at Dordt and BVU, she directed the Understanding Music and Piano program at the Augusta Raa Performing Arts Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida. While completing her doctoral work, Dr. Braaksma taught group piano courses for undergraduate music majors and non-majors at Florida State University. She also led recreational music-making classes for adult beginners and developed the curriculum for the inaugural group piano classes for the OLLI Foundation at FSU. Before starting her terminal degree, Dr. Braaksma served as Adjunct Faculty of Music in Piano at the University of Missouri, where she taught group piano classes, directed the Experiencing Piano program for young children and adult beginners, collaborated with student vocalists and instrumentalists, and accompanied for all choral ensembles at Mizzou. In addition, Dr. Braaksma has managed a private piano studio for over ten years, providing lessons for students through in-person and online instruction.
Along with her teaching, she remains active as a collaborative pianist for vocalists, instrumentalists, and chamber and large ensembles, particularly choirs. Dr. Braaksma has collaborated with vocalists and instrumentalists in lessons, masterclasses, and recitals, as well as regional and national competitions. As a choral accompanist, she has toured nationally and internationally with choirs to South Korea, Austria, Hungary, China, France, Ireland, and Spain.
Dr. Braaksma frequently presents at regional, state, and national music education conferences. She has also presented at National MTNA conferences, as well as the GP3 Forum and National Center for Keyboard Pedagogy conference. Her primary research interests combine the fields of collaborative piano and piano pedagogy by developing strategies to teach accompanying skills and incorporate collaborative piano activities in private piano lessons and group piano courses. She has also presented on teaching functional piano skills to preservice teachers and teaching techniques for the hybrid music classroom.
Dr. Braaksma holds a PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Piano from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Iowa State University.