Performances

The Land of Colors

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A musical story about a unicorn who lives in silver but dreams in color, and then one day sets out on an adventure to find the Land of Colors. On her way, she encounters musical instruments playing in the wilderness, they seem to have a wonky note and need help!

JenUwin interacts with the instrument, learning how sound is made, until she discovers the culprit of the wonky note - a colored scarf! When JenUwin removes the scarf, the instruments can play with no wonky note and JenUwin can see a new color! Adding the colored scarf to her silver mane, she continues through the forest and meeting each instrument and color of the rainbow.

Commissioned by the Britt Music & Arts Festival - Summer BrittKids Concerts - 2017

Fiscal Sponsorship for Performances in Spring 2018 at 3 elementary schools in Southern Oregon.

Written for Trombone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Cello or Bass, Flute or Saxophone and Violin plus a Narrator and JenUwin Unicorn!

“The Land of Colors” gives young students the opportunity to learn about individual orchestral instruments in detail, and hear several different sounds from each instrument. It also teaches them important lessons about how to be helpful and open to new discoveries.
— Kay Hilton Director of Education & Engagement Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Kids Performances: July and August 2017 - with musicians from the Britt Orchestr

Elementary School Tour: May 2018 - with musicians from Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon

 
 

Jenifer Joy hired my 16 year old bassoonist Caleb to play in her astounding production called “The Land of Colors.”  From the moment I walked into Phoenix Elementary, I was taken back by Jennifer’s professionalism and ability to organize the stage and work with teenagers. Everything was set up, and there was even time to rehearse a bit before the elementary school kids came in. I was blown away by her energy and enthusiasm.   

The kids filed in and were mesmerized by Jenifer’s acting and singing. She kept their rapt attention for a full hour. She had them eating out of her hands and eagerly participating. They listened quietly and they cheered and clapped. Not only did Land of Colors entertain them, but it introduced them to a wide variety of instruments. Jenifer taught them not only about the different timbres and characteristics of each instrument, but taught a steady stream of important life lessons, too. She modeled asking permission before touching an instrument. She stressed the importance of inclusivity of all colors and sounds. She demonstrated respect and curiosity. Surely these are lessons that have broader applications in today’s world.  

After the performance, Jenifer interacted with the children, giving them high-fives and shaking hands. They surrounded her and clamored around her. Jenifer’s positivity and joy simply filled the room. I would recommend Jen wholeheartedly to work with any age group.
— Gwen Hutchings, parent and musician

The Magic Cape

A world music journey about a child who wears a magical cape and visits 9 countries with a Unicorn as her guide, singing songs from the local area. Places include Korea, Ghana, Spain, Iceland, Israel, Corsica, USA, Japan, & South Africa. With the live Rainbow Band backing up our adventures!

Commssioned by the Britt Music & Arts Festival - Summer BrittKids Concerts - 2017

 Magic Cape Performance January 11th Central Point Performing Arts Center - 500+ kids

Magic Cape Performance January 11th Central Point Performing Arts Center - 500+ kids

Jenifer’s passion and special talent for bringing joy to children through performance helps Rogue World Music achieve our mission of building community and cultural awareness through world music. Her programs are creative, age-appropriate, and professionally delivered.
— Val Rogers, RWM Executive Director
The most positive aspect was the children’s response, bar none. To see the gaiety and delight of so many kids, girls and boys, younger and older, moving their bodies and responding enthusiastically to the program was terrific. Your energy and connection with the audience was spot on.
— Megan Danforth, RWM Founder

Programs

Choristers

Where kids tap into a world of joy!

Choristers is an after-school world music club for elementary aged students brought to six elementary schools thru Rogue World Music.

We learn songs and dances from around the world! Popular favorites are Tue Tue (Rice Cakes) - Ghana, L'agbe Igi Orombo (Orange Tree) - Yoruba, Dodi Li - Israel, Señor Don Gato, Glorious Mud, Crocodile, Madalina Catalina, and so many more!

Find out more HERE

 Winter Choristers @ Sam's Valley Elementary School

Winter Choristers @ Sam's Valley Elementary School

Spring Choristers @ Sam's Valley Elementary School
Jenifer is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, highly reliable and skilled leader. Jenifer was chosen to direct the Choristers program after a rigorous application process. The position required skills not only in music conducting but also in communications, curriculum design, and classroom management. With our program vision clearly in her sights, she led the Choristers with passion and dedication and her talent both musically and administratively was impressive. Jenifer proceeded to develop our children’s education programming to four successful after-school world music singing clubs at six elementary schools, directly increasing our organization’s impact by 75%.

Jenifer not only worked for us in the capacity of Choristers Music Director for 3 years but also as an independent performance artist who offered dynamic, educational world music assemblies for elementary schools called The Magic Cape. Her joyful enthusiasm, musical skill, and driven work ethic never wavered under our employment. Simply put, Jenifer has had a very significant impact on the great reputation for high quality education and programming that Rogue World Music enjoys.
— Megan Danforth, founding President of Rogue World Music, a nonprofit organization with a mission to build community and cultural awareness through world music performance, education, and participation.

Classroom Music Teaching

Currently teaching the "Link Up" Music Education program from Carnegie Hall via the Rogue Valley Symphony 

Just hired as a contracted Music Teacher at Applegate Elementary School

I have worked directly with Jenifer Joy for over 2 years. Jenifer has primarily taught the students various songs, dances, playing of musical instruments as well as music history. She has multiple experiences working with students in the classroom, extracurricular activities such as music clubs and fun events for students to participate in. I recommend Jenifer due to her passion and enthusiasm as well as her ability to understand the needs of children.

Before Jenifer, my classroom had music and dreaded it every day. Kids would repeatedly ask to not participate and didn’t want to do music because the way it was being taught wasn’t in an enthusiastic way and was too difficult for them to understand. One of Jenifer’s strongest abilities is her ability to understand the needs of her students. She has completely changed my class’s attitude toward music over the last 2 years. She makes the material fun for the students so they can relate and is able to move at a pace that is appropriate for the students to learn. It is honestly incredible how much the kids will be able to do, after a year of music with Jenifer.

Another strong ability Jenifer has is her passion and enthusiasm toward teaching. She genuinely loves working with the students and is excited to share everything that she knows. The kids see this enthusiasm and become excited about what they are learning. She cares for each student and always makes an effort to address individual needs so that each student feels appreciated. The passion and enthusiasm that Jenifer exudes is infectious and what makes her a successful teacher at any school she works with. Jenifer works hard for her students, is able to adapt to the needs of the classroom and is extremely passionate about helping students become the best they can. I highly recommend Jenifer and strongly believe any employer is lucky to have her.
— Kyle Carson, 4th grade teacher
I have been a cooperating teacher in the Symphony music program for the past three years. Each year I have worked with a different music instructor, managing student behavior, as the instructor taught the music lesson. This year, my class had Ms. Jenifer Knippel as our music instructor. My students truly enjoyed Ms. Jen’s lessons. She allowed them to move and dance as they practiced their songs for the end of the year concert. She added high interest songs (for children) to our weekly instruction. Ms. Jen frequently brought in instruments for students to play. She even made a game of the warm-up exercises. Every Monday my students made comments, voicing their excitement that it was almost music time! On one occasion, I had a parent volunteer attend the music lesson with us and afterward she commented on what a fun and educational lesson it had been. Ms. Jen’s energy and excitement about music was contagious. Soon, even the shy students began to participate. She changed a lot of student’s attitudes about music without a single admonishment or reprimand. My class and I truly miss her!
— Shannan V. Lozano, Phoenix 3rd grade bilingual classroom teacher
It is hard to be a teacher and as a teacher, I have tried to teach music.  I am not able to do so.  Jen is amazing with my kids.  They now love music and sound good as well.  She created a fun and lively atmosphere for the kids to learn in. This program is not a chance for the teacher to take time away but rather join in.  I have enjoyed watching my kids musically bloom and become musicians.  I will miss Jen, she is fantastic with the kids and tries to see each and every one of them.  If given a choice I would request her again next year. 
— Dan Preskenis, STEAM 3-5th teacher
Julia has been in Jenifer’s music class and after school program for 2 years. Jenifer has encouraged Julia to grow in and now love music and singing. Julia has multiple medical issues that make her look different. Jenifer has included encouragement to Julia to simply be herself and show those around her the love and respect she wants. As a family we are grateful for who she is and her time teaching Julia (and our family) new, beautiful, and cultured music.
— Shayla Bixler, parent of a 5th grade PES student

Reviews

JenUwin Playtime’s musical programs are simply the most entertaining and educational I have ever presented. As the Director of Education for Britt Music & Arts Festival, it is my job to make sure our offerings include performances that will be engaging as well as educational. “The Land of Colors” gives young students the opportunity to learn about individual orchestral instruments in detail, and hear several different sounds from each instrument. It also teaches them important lessons about how to be helpful and open to new discoveries. “The Orchestral Outcast” is a wonderful illustration of how the traditional orchestra is structured, and how certain instruments, like the saxophone, might not be considered ‘orchestral’. Audiences not only learn about the history and technical ability of the saxophone, but they also learn that it can be a challenge to be accepted if you are viewed as different. The Saxophonic Spectacular” program gives JenUwin an opportunity to demonstrate her expertise on the saxophone, the amazing flexibility of the instrument and the array of composers who wrote music in different genres for it. Included in the program are songs from popular animated films and the young audiences spontaneously sing along as soon as they hear the familiar melodies. This program has become very popular among the teachers and students alike. JenUwin Playtime really involves the audience in her adventures, which keeps them engaged and learning throughout the presentation. The students learn about music and much more. I highly recommend these programs.
— Kay Hilton, Director of Education & Engagement, Britt Music & Arts Festival
Jenuwin is an absolute delight. She brings such a playful presence to the classroom with her purple saxophone, wonderful children’s tunes and floor piano. Outside she fills the air with her gigantic bubbles, charming the kids into active play. Jenuwin is responsive to the children’s interests and lead. I especially loved it when she allowed the children to put their hands inside the end of the saxophone while she played so they could feel the vibrations. The looks on the children’s faces were priceless as they discovered such an elemental part of music and sound! Jenuwin is a true unicorn. A magical creature who brings joy to children wherever she goes. I am so grateful whenever she visits the children at the Family Nurturing Center.
— Family Nurturing Center
Jenifer has been deeply committed to bringing the joy and fun of music to young kids for many years now. She combines the most astonishing level of magic and enthusiasm with a well of hard earned knowledge. The result has brought countless kids (including mine) to love and understand music in a way that only she can do. The programs that she has developed are brilliant. I have watched children’s eyes light up over and over again at the sight of her and have seen the learning happen in real time. My daughter squeals in delight any time she sees Jenifer aka ‘the purple lady’. Jenifer has always been loving, kind, thoughtful and responsible with my daughter. I trust her implicitly.

I have seen her interact not just with my daughter, but with many children over the years. She always treats them with absolute care and respect. She is a natural leader and also has an immense desire to serve the community she lives in. Every child that crosses her path feels heard and empowered by her, something that far too few children feel most of the time. I would highly recommend Jenifer to work in any setting with children with no qualms.
— Jinnee Joos, parent of a 5 year old and local community member

Clients:

  • Britt Music & Arts Festival
  • Rogue World Music
  • Rogue Valley Symphony
  • Library Summer Reading Programs
  • Oregon Country Fair
  • High Sierra Music Festival
  • Salem Art Festival
  • Lacey Parks
  • Jacksonville Sunday Market
  • Rogue Valley Manor
  • Mountain Meadows
  • Skylark Retirement Living
  • Family Nurturing Center