Founder and Executive Director
Violin, Piano, Voice, Early Childhood Education
Long before Jenny Shaw opened Tone Academy of Music in 2011, she began learning violin through the Suzuki Method at age 2 in Minnesota. With this early start in Suzuki, she benefitted from the philosophy of learning music as a language and quickly added the ability to play piano, cello, bassoon, percussion, and guitar -dragging little brother (and now Director) Michael to every recital. She eventually received her Bachelors in Music from Hunter College in violin and voice performance, fulfilling her childhood dream of living and playing in New York City.
Jenny’s performing career took her all over the world, playing in orchestras from Memphis to Poland. She sang and played for the most notable audiences at the White House, the Vatican and Japanese parliament but also for the most remarkable audiences in the cigar factories of Cuba, public stages in Mississippi, and tiny village churches in Spain and Italy.
However, teaching has always been Jenny’s true gift and passion. For the first 10 years in New York, she built programs for every student age group and demographic based upon her Suzuki Method training and belief in every child’s ability of talent. In her work teaching for public schools, private schools, preschools, after-school programs, Christian and Jewish charities, day-cares, summer camps, and even the juvenile detention center, Jenny became one of the city’s most sought-after music program directors.
Tone Academy of Music is the culmination of her lifelong pursuit to fulfill Dr. Suzuki’s belief that music really can change the world. Going into the 11th year as Founder and Executive Director, she hopes to guide Tone’s community of teachers, parents and students to see music lessons as an essential way to increase compassion and kindness in the next generation. Focusing instruction to fit every child’s unique and individual journey, and she believes only the language of music will teach them to have harmony with each other in a world of discord.