Meet our Instructors
Wolfgang Blumenkonig is an Alaska-grown music teacher. He grew up in Eagle River and started playing cello in sixth grade orchestra. In high school, he learned to play piano and began composing music. He performed alongside fellow UAA students and faculty throughout college and composed original music for stage production his senior year. Wolfgang has focused on musical education since moving to Palmer, but still finds time to perform at local festivals, theater dance productions and various other events in the community.
Lessons with Wolfgang
Wolfgang is passionate about providing quality music education for the greater Palmer area. At Wood & Wire, Wolfgang offers private instruction for Piano, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele, as well as musical composition. He does not teach voice as a solo instrument, but is happy to teach singing alongside another instrument. Wolfgang's teaching style balances tradition, quality and achievement with instinct, comfort and enjoyment. Wolfgang treats each student as an individual and is happy to accommodate both student's and families specific needs.
Andrea Childers is an award-winning, Alaskan music teacher. She started playing violin at age 6 and has consistently been playing and performing ever since. Andrea has been a member of all her school orchestras, honor orchestras, youth symphony, and even a ragtime orchestra in college. She has played in many church worship groups, bluegrass ensembles, and country groups throughout the state. In the summertime you can see her on many outdoor stages like Palmer’s Friday Flings, and the Alaska State Fair, where she has won the fiddle competition twice. Among her many accomplishments, one of her most cherished memories is opening for Emmy Lou Harris at the age of 14. Andrea loves helping people of all ages fall in love with music. Her love of music has been a guiding light for over 35 years and will continue to light her way in the world, something that shows in her teaching style. Ms. Childers teaches classical violin, bluegrass and country fiddle, guitar and ukulele. Andrea creates a wonderful learning experience for all ages of students, and tailors her lessons to the student and their musical styles and interests.
Jessie Janssen grew up in California and moved to Alaska 4 years ago for her love of the outdoors and all it has to offer. She started vocal training at the age of 10 and continued on throughout college. She has also studied guitar and ukulele, which has given her the opportunity to perform live, for herself and at church. With over thirteen years of musical education and experience, Jessie looks forward to helping others develop their musical skills to their full potential.
Lessons with Jessie
Jessie provides quality, private instruction in voice, guitar, and ukulele. She can teach voice as a solo instrument, helping aspiring vocalists learn proper vocal care, breathing techniques, range, etc. Jessie teaches a wide variety of musical styles, typically taking on students ages 5 and up. However, she is happy to accommodate specific needs or requests, where feasible.