Jennifer Borkowski's lectures and workshops combine research from sport science and apply those concepts in to music practice. Implications include minimizing risk of overuse injuries and increasing body-consciousness in performance.
She also works with organizations on making their programs more inclusive. She brings over 25 years teaching experience in private and school settings, including children and adults with a wide array of special needs.
2011-2014 - Consultant for program development, Voices Boston. This program design moved the choir from a selective, by-audition-only group to an inclusive one that favors a pure desire to sing. By greatly varying the rehearsals, this pedagogical model was able to dispel myths that talent defines the future and that music is only for those who can handle the pressure. Enrolment increased by 51,6%, boys increased from one in seven to one in three, both older and younger children joined as well as children with special needs. Most notable was that this inclusive choir increased their collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at the Tanglewood Institute.
2017 - 2018 Pedagogical Advisor, Teacher Education and Pedagogical Evaluation for Superar. Teaching practice was evaluated with regard to democratic teaching techniques and classroom management. The result is a clearer representation of the mission statement during classes and better communication with school leadership.
Superar, an initiative of the Vienna Boys Choir, The Vienna Konzerthaus and Caritas, offers high quality music instruction, free of charge, to students who have no other access to the arts. Superar works in Vienna in cooperation with the Stadtschulrat Wien, Vereinigte Bühne Wien, Wiener Staatsoper and the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität. Superar has locations in Sarajevo, Bosnia; Brasov, Romania; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Liechtenstein and in Zurich, Switzerland.
Jennifer Borkowski holds a PhD in Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Music and dramatic Arts Graz.
She lectures regularly for professional musicians and music teachers at conferences including the College Music Society National Conference (USA) and the interdisciplinary conference, Art in Motion: Musical & Athletic Motor Learning & Performance (Germany). She taught graduate pedagogy seminars at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (USA) and at the Universität Mozarteum Innsbruck (Austria) and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, (Vienna)
Most recently, she has worked with teachers of ((superar)) and Sistema Europe, two programs using music for social change, on developing student autonomy. She worked as a consultant pedagogical consultant with ((superar)).
She also maintains a private flute studio.
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