Jennifer Kessler received the Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Crane School of Music and the Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. At Crane, she currently teaches foundations courses in Music Education and is a supervisor for the General Music Practicum. Before coming to Crane, Mrs. Kessler's professional career included teaching in Williamsburg, VA for 5 years as the first teacher/director for a new elementary strings program. While in this position, she maintained a private violin studio, was a member of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra Board of Directors and worked as a free-lance violinist around the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. After relocating to New York State, she directed the 5th grade strings program for the Warwick Valley Central School District in Orange County and then worked in Potsdam, directing the strings program for grades 5-12. Her career also includes teaching 4 years of General Music to grades PK-6. Her writing has been published in the American Strings Teacher Association (ASTA) journal.