About Us

Studio Papillon was founded in 2003 by Jennifer Bergamot-Rose.  The papillon, or butterfly, represents the educational process.

 

The studio provides classical training with a twist.  While instilling solid technique, foundations in music theory, and education in classical repertoire, the studio's goal is to deliver a love of music first.  With enthusiastic students, anything is possible.  In addition to classical training, Studio Papillon teaches jazz, pop, musical theatre, and improvisation to help each student achieve their musical goals. 

 

Studio Papillon offers online and in-person piano, voice, guitar, songwriting and French lessons.  Jennifer Bergamot-Rose teaches lessons out of our studio in The Plains, VA.  In-home instruction is available from our other faculty members in the DC Metro Area and Virginia Hunt Country.

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Encouraging Creativity and Fun.
 

Studio Papillon's primary goal is to spread the love of music.  Our teachers customize lesson curriculum to support each student's goals.  To ensure quality, all lessons include technique, theory and a blend of classical and jazz training.

During the global pandemic, our teachers challenged our students to create music videos to connect, uplift and refresh their experience in the absence of in-person recitals.  The response to the challenge resulted in students creating interesting sets and producing high quality music videos.

We Love Teaching Little Ones.
 

Jennifer, our founder, particularly loves teaching 4-6 year olds piano.  Their enthusiasm and high energy allows them to absorb new information easily.  In fact, children this young have an easy time learning to read music, because they do not think about whether the task is easy or difficult.  They are just excited.  And it is this energy of excitement that moves the lessons forward.  

This video features our 3-year old student, Noa, performing Ode to Joy at her first recital.  

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Jennifer Bergamot-Rose
 

Jennifer Bergamot-Rose is a performing artist, songwriter, and licensed attorney.  Jennifer's musical journey started at age 2, when she started playing melodies by ear.  She began formal music training at age 4 and continued to study music and French in college and beyond.  

Jennifer has studied classical piano with acclaimed concert pianists Brian Ganz and Jeffrey Chappell, both students of the legendary Leon Fleisher.  She has also studied voice with renowned vocal pedagogue Martha Randall of the University of Maryland Opera Studio.

Jennifer is known for a variety of genres.  She performs singing and playing world jazz at diplomatic functions and is a regular performer at the French Embassy and French Ambassador's Residence in Washington, DC.  Jennifer loves playing music by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Chopin and improvising meditative music inspired by these other worldly sounds.  She has recorded and released 4 EPs of world jazz and original songs now available on Spotify.  More on Jennifer's music at www.bergamotrose.com.  

Jennifer, a lifelong Francophile, holds a Bachelor's Degree in French and Music.  She has prepared adult students for professional positions in Francophone countries.  She has also taught children French conversation and grammar, preparing them for placement exams for their schools in Canada or for travel abroad.  

 

Prior to starting Studio Papillon, Jennifer was lead counsel for environment and real estate for the U.S. Navy in the National Capital Region.  As a lawyer, Jennifer has also practiced law in French and now regularly offers pro bono legal services to NGO's assisting immigrants from Francophone countries.