Janet Jensen has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1992, where she holds the position of Professor of String Pedagogy. She became Associate Director of the School of Music in 2007, and is responsible for undergraduate and graduate coursework related to teaching string instruments in school and private settings, and she directs the master’s degree program in String Development. She conducts the All-University String Orchestras, non-auditioned orchestras which have grown to more than 225 members in the current school year.
Herself a life-long beneficiary of school music and university outreach programs, Prof. Jensen maintains a strong and active commitment to “The Wisconsin Idea” of fostering outreach programs in the state of Wisconsin. She is artistic director of the National String Workshop for teachers, conductors, and performers; past president of the Wisconsin String Teachers Association; and has served as a consultant for string programs in Oshkosh, Platteville, and Greendale. She has also served as the Middle School Curriculum Consultant for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s “Arts in Community Education” (ACE) Program.
Prof. Jensen founded and continues to advise the Chamber Music Program of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and has been associated with WYSO as a member, conductor, coach or alumni representative since 1969. During the current year, she has taught in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra “Progressions” Program, and coaches a MYSO string quartet. She also serves on the board of the Suzuki Strings of Madison.
Nationally, Dr. Jensen has served on two American String Teachers Association Task Forces (Teacher Certification and Teacher Preparation), and has frequently presented sessions at ASTA National Conferences. She is a contributing author to several publications, including Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra and Applying Research to Teaching and Playing Stringed Instruments.
Prof. Jensen taught public school string and instrumental music in Rockford (IL), Watertown (WI), and Madison (WI), and has worked with teacher education at the University of Texas, Oberlin Conservatory, and Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include federal and state arts education policy, string pedagogy text and curriculum development, the iconographic study of the history of bowed string instruments, and the Swedish folk instrument nyckelharpa.
PhD, University of Texas-Austin
MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BME, University of Wisconsin-Madison