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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.


View all the Music Classes and Workshops on a calendar.


View all the Performances on a calendar.

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 J 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.

Karen Visser:
Phone: (360) 354-5942
Email: music@jansenartcenter.org

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 David Laws:

Mondays, 5:30 – 7:00 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:

Leona Foster – Piano
Accepting piano students for Saturday lessons. Leona has taught for over 20 years both in group settings and privately. Private lessons start at $70/month for 30 minute lessons.

Sandra Lyste – Piano
(360) 224-8495

Terry Tschaehofske – Guitar
Terry Tschaehofske specializes in technique, theory, improvisation, sight reading, and finger picking. Guitar styles also include rock, blues, jazz, fingerstyle, and classical. He offers lessons from beginning to advanced guitar players who want to learn/play acoustic or electric guitars.
“New Student Special” offers 2 months of lessons for $135.00.
Call Terry at (360) 220-8519.


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.


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
Phone: 360.354.3600

Register Now

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.

— Auerbach