Knelman Music

CV - Jennifer Knelman

Jennifer Knelman




1993  Master of Music in Literature and Performance   University of Western Ontario

1987          Bachelor of Music in Performance (minor in Theory)           University of Toronto

1982  ARCT in Piano Pedagogy           Royal Conservatory of Music


Current Research


  • Funded by the 2006 Provost's award, University of Guelph
  • Furthering the technological interaction between instructor and student by developing more sophisticated software re the applicability to Distance Learning, particularly language and music courses.


Post-Secondary Teaching Experience



Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board

Adult music appreciation course (Music through the Ages)




University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies

General interest (distance education) musicianship course (The Key to Music) three semesters yearly


Humber College (Foundations of Gaming Programming)

Supervise and advise author of a distance education course at The School of Media Studies & Information Technology




University of Guelph

Sessional Instructor of two to three music courses each year (both classroom and distance education) including musicology, theory, and musicianship


All reviews by the Tenure and Promotion Committee have resulted in assessments of "very satisfactory" and mostly "outstanding".




The University of Guelph, Introduction to Musicianship began as a face-to-face 0.5 credit course. In the spring of 2003 I was contracted as course author to develop it for conversion to distance education format. After its success, in spring 2005, with the aid of an internal $4500 development grant, I was further contracted to create a full-credit distance education course that included 30% sight singing. As such, I am the owner of the material and the custom-made technology.


My distance education format has won two major awards:


Fall 2003


Honoured with an award from The Office for Partnerships for Advanced Skills (OPAS), in recognition of “Innovation and Excellence in Teaching with Technology”


This award was open to all Universities in Ontario


Spring 2006


Provost's Award, University of Guelph for "Innovation in Teaching and Learning with Technology" 


This award was open to all departments and formats, whether classroom or distance education, and included a $5000 research grant.


Other Experience


Author of full day lectures for community teachers, supported by the Ontario Arts Council

            "How Rewards Detract from Music Learning" (2009)

"Impressionistic and Modern Music" (2000) (Commissioned by the O.R.M.T.A. Eastern Zone Convention)

 "The Community Musician: Everyday Teaching" (1998)

"Comments and Observations after 10,000 R.C.M. Exams" (1995)


Creator of tonal harmony courses:

First-year Harmony for R.C.M. Professional Program (1991)

All levels R.C.M. theory by correspondence (1988-1997)


Creator of pedagogy courses:

            Piano Teachers’ Training Course (full semester) (2000)

Workshop on the Piano Literature (1999)

Diploma level for Teachers' A.R.C.T. theory (1989)
Member of Board of Examiners of Conservatory Canada (2009-present)

Member of Faculty of Royal Conservatory of Music for Theory, Piano, Pedagogy (1984-1993)

Member of Board of Examiners of Royal Conservatory of Music (1984-1993)

Private music educator since 1979


Early Music Education, Experience, and Awards


Piano to A.R.C.T. with Fay Pullan

Studied flute 1975-77

Studied clarinet 1977-83

Studied speech and drama 1980-81

Studied double bass 1980-82

Studied theory (all levels) concurrently 1979-1983

Taught grade 13 class theory while student

High School Concert Band (clarinet) and Jazz Band (piano)

High School Choir (sang and accompanied on piano)

Conducted C Level Band while student

R.C.M. Gr. 4 Piano Outstanding Provincial Medal (Ontario) 1975

R.C.M. Gr. 9 Piano Outstanding Provincial Medal (Ontario) 1979

Contemporary Showcase 1975 one of two juniors selected to be broadcast on CBC.

Scholarships from Contemporary Showcase, Kiwanis, CNE Festival, Peel Festival, ORMTA and RCM

Peel Music Festival: Best Senior Pianist Award 1983

Two of my students won Best Senior Pianist 1991, 2000


Related Interests


Producer& Director of children's CD, LitterBug (2010) and co-director of the live touring show

Producer& Director of adult CD, Beatles for Classic Guitar (2009)

Manager of Blue Heart (classical duo) 2000-present

Producer& Director of adult contemporary CD, Tenderness (1999)

Director of Knelman Music Studios 1995-present

Director of small music publishing business since 1995

Co-founder of Mississauga Music Festival 1994

Music Director of Mississauga Music Festival since 1994

Producer& Director of children's educational CD, Time to Read (1992)

Administrator of Board of Directors Peel Music Festival (1984-1990)


Other Interests

2008, 2010 Ranked 1st in Ontario, Tennis Singles Level A

2001 Provincial Champion Tennis Singles Level A

1999 Provincial Champion Tennis Singles Level B

1997 Provincial Champion Tennis Singles Level C