About the Teacher
Jennifer Arra-Happonen is an active musician in solo piano and collaborative performance, and has been teaching the piano for over twenty years. Originally from Toronto, she began her piano studies at the age of four with Professor Spiro Kizas, and eventually received her ARCT diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1998, Jennifer completed a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, studying under renowned professor Boris Lysenko. Jennifer then undertook graduate studies in piano performance and pedagogy at the prestigious Glenn Gould School, and graduated from the program in 2001.
Jennifer has been teaching the piano to students of all ages and levels since 1998. She joined the teaching faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2001, where she taught for seven years, and was previously on faculty at the Yamaha Music School from 1998-2001. During this time, Jennifer trained extensively in various methodologies for very young beginners, and nurtured many children through these programs. Through the years, many of her students have received high honours and awards in examinations and festivals, and have gone on to pursue postsecondary studies in music.
Jennifer moved to Thunder Bay with her family in 2011, and has enjoyed her involvement in the thriving arts scene of the city. She continues to perform, and enjoys her teaching immensely. Jennifer maintains a vibrant studio of students pursuing excellence in both classical and popular genres. She is a member of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association), and has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 2016.