Jake got all of us - regardless of our abilities - to get beyond our inhibitions and contribute something to the class; and hence to our own musicianship!

Anonymous

Jake Svendsen is Clinical Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at Washington State University. He has taught jazz classes, private lessons, ear training, and music theory for over ten years, primarily as a WSU professor and an instructor at Jazz Night School in Seattle, Washington, and the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, New York. He maintains an active performance schedule, having played on the East Coast at the George Eastman House, Kodak Hall, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and in the Northwest at Benaroya Hall, the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Svendsen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory where he studied with jazz pianists Fred Hersch and Ran Blake, and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with jazz pianists Gary Versace and Bill Dobbins. In addition to his work as a jazz performer, he has studied historical improvisation in the Baroque and Classical periods and motivic development in the music of Lester Young. His paper on the intersection of text and rhythm in music of the African Diaspora was presented at the 2011 University of Washington Graduate Students of Music Conference.

Jake Svendsen

Jake got all of us - regardless of our abilities - to get beyond our inhibitions and contribute something to the class; and hence to our own musicianship!

Anonymous