The Music Studio offers three lesson rooms equipped with instruments. These versatile spaces are perfect for music lessons, drumming, and practice. The large Ensemble Room hosts a piano, drum set, and numerous other instruments. Its uses vary from open studio, where people gather to play music together on Thursdays, to group music lessons such as ukulele.
Jansen Jazz Band
Directed by Steve Herrick, the first JJB formed fall of 2012 with about ten players using “Combo” charts for rhythm and 4 horns. The band did two performances that first year. One concert later, they developed into a full-sized Big Band. Since then they have performed about 150 tunes in their programs at the Jansen Art Center. They also do occasional gigs for the Lummi First Friday events, perform at the Rotary building in Lynden, the Lynden Music Festival, Big Band Christmas at the JAC and a “ballroom dance” at one of the local churches.
Strings Open Studio:
Strings open studio takes place the First & Third Thursday of each month from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. It is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with other string players and work on chamber music together. It is only $5.00 per session to participate, and free to J – Members (Artist level or higher). Contact Karen Visser with any questions regarding this group.
Phone: (360) 354-5942
Jammin’ at the J: Jazz Open Studio
“Jammin’ at the J” is an open studio jazz jam session held weekly. Sessions are open to anyone from seasoned jazz cats to less experienced players wanting to learn more about jazz standards and improvisation. We may also play other styles, or turn any song into our own creation. No obligation to perform is required, although opportunities could certainly arise.
For more information, please contact Beverly Nelson,
Mondays, 5:30 – 6:45 pm
Cost: $5 session / free for JAC Members (Artist level or higher)
“I SO APPRECIATE the opportunity to play string quartet music with the folks at Jansen. It’s my favorite music activity.”
Private Music Instructors:
Sandra Lyste – Piano
Jacqui Martin – Classical Guitar
Rob Peterka – Beginner-Intermediate Saxophone
Rob Peterka owns and operates Bellingham Music & Bellingham Academy of Music in Bellingham, WA. He has been playing saxophone for over 30 years with experience in multiple styles of music. He currently leads “Jammin’ @ the Jansen” and plays Bari-Sax in the Jansen Jazz Band.
$26.00 Per 1/2 Hour Lesson
Scheduled Mondays before or after group Jazz Programs
MUSIC STUDIO INSTRUCTORS
The Jansen Art Center is excited to serve as a teaching space for artists. Our instructors are passionate about engaging the community in the arts.
Karen Visser has been teaching students of all ages for over 30 years. She currently has students ranging in age from 5 – 65 at her studio in her home in Lynden.
Karen taught the string program at Lynden Christian School for 19 years before retiring in 2004. She and her husband then moved to Bolivia where she taught music in an international school and played in the Cochabamba Orquestra.
As a member of the Washington State Music Teachers association, Karen has served the local Lynden Chapter as president, and is now serving as the Secretary/Treasurer. She also organizes monthly meetings for string teachers of Whatcom County.
Karen began her violin lessons in Bellingham with Arthur Thal and continued her studies at Western Washington University where she studied with Charmian Gadd. She is a founding member of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra where she is still a member. Karen is also a member of the Whatcom Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the Whatcom Chorale Sinfonia.
Kathleen Wood-Dean was raised in Minnetonka, MN, on 14 acres of primitive marshes and woodlands surrounding Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka. A graduate of Brown Institute of Broadcasting (a Division of CBS) she holds a Communications Degree in Radio, Television and Recording holding the First Class FCC license for Electrical Engineering in Recording and Radio.
Kathleen presently teaches General Music Classes to Grades 1-4 at Lynden Christian School. She is Founder and Artistic Director for The Children’s Musical Theater, Rainbox Radio, CMT’s Summer Stock, The Young Songwriter’s Guild, Speak Up! and Edgewater Publishing.
Kathleen’s greatest joy is to weave stories filled with imagination, integrating her music. She endeavors to share the delight and love of The Fine Arts with kids and teens.
Danyale studied acting at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) and Ohio University (Athens, OH). She has worked with students of all ages (elementary-college), teaching acting and speech. She has also directed high school and college plays. Most recently, she conducted a week-long Shakespeare workshop at the Jansen Art Center with students ages 9-12 (Summer 2014). She enjoys working with students, providing a safe workshop environment where they might experiment, discover, take risks and have fun while learning about theater and acquiring some skills in acting. Danyale has done commercial acting with Hand Crank Films (Bellingham) and was last seen on stage in The Neighborhood Playhouse’s production of Goodnight Moon.
Danyale lives in Whatcom County with her husband and five children.
Teach a class or workshop
We are always looking for artists who are passionate about instructing. If you have a talent or skill you would like to share in a 1 day workshop, or even a 6 week class, please contact the studio leader and we will be in touch.
Contact the Studio Leader
Online: In the class details, pick the quantity and click “Purchase” to begin the registration process. If you need assistance, please call 360-354-3600.
Phone: Call 360-354-3600. Please have your credit card, billing information and name of class ready.
Walk-in: Payment may be made by credit card or check in the Gallery Shop at the Jansen Art Center, Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 5pm.
Register early! Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be canceled. Refunds will be given for classes canceled by the Jansen Art Center and you will be notified of cancellation by phone or email.
Please read the Class Policies regarding Cancellation, Refunds and Age.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of every-day life.