writer new media composer content creation creative professional                                                                                                          janaejean.com

JANAE JEAN ALMEN

316 Stevens Street

Geneva, IL 60134

Janae.J.Almen@gmail.com

(630) 945-7356

Portfolio https://www.janaejean.com/portfolio

 

EDUCATION

 

Master of Music – Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Computer Music/Composition, GPA 3.88 

 

Bachelor of Arts – Judson University, Elgin, IL

Music/Education, with magna cum laude honors

Minor in Piano Pedagogy

SOFTWARE

WordPress, WIx, Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Wix Business, Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, Apple Pages, Apple Keynote, Apple Logic, Ableton Live, Max/MSP, Quartz Composer, iMovie, Native Instruments, Waves, Audio Hijack

 

HONORS

 

Graduate Assistantship…………………………………………………………………..2010-2011

MyCAA Scholarship……………………..…………………………………………………….2009

Dean’s List, Judson University…………………………………………...…………...…2001-2005

Megan Thurow Endowed Music Scholarship……………………………………….………....2003

Judson Scholars Scholarship……………………………………………………….………......2001

Fabyan Foundation Scholarship…………..…………………………………….……….……..2000

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Content Creator and Editor, Social Media, Podcaster, Conscious Community, Chicago, IL…since 2017

• Manage and edit content using WordPress

• Create written, audio, and video content for Conscious Community Magazine, website, and social media

• Authors “Hearth & Home” monthly recipe column

• Authors regular interview articles

• Manage social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn), as well as Facebook Ad campaigns and the official Facebook group

• Coordinate and conduct interviews with leading authors and experts

• Edit copy in AP style for publication

• Work as part of a creative team

• Represents brand at conferences and events

• Create marketing materials including newsletters, promotional copy, and graphics for web 

 

Pet Care Professional………………….……………………………….………………..……since 2016

• Walk, drop-in visits, and housesitting for dogs and cats

• Provide loving care (playtime, meals, fresh water, and cuddles) as I would provide my own pet

• Schedule and plan routes for daily walks and drop-ins

• Provide overnight care for pets during housesitting

• Communicate effectively via phone, text, and email with pet parents

•  Provide thorough updates to pet parents during pet’s stays  

• With Rover.com, actively make suggestions for ways that the experience can be improved for both pet care professionals and their customers

 

Adjunct Professor,Aurora University, Aurora, IL………………….…………………….…. Fall 2018

• Taught Musicianship while regular staff professor was on Sabbatical

•Create lessons, presentations, worksheets, tests, quizzes, and other course materials for Musicianship 

•Teach to various student learning modalities (visual, aural, kinesthetic)

•Instruct Music Theory and listening and sight-singing skills

•Grade assignments in timely manner and offer constructive feedback

•Create Moodle content

•Communicate and coordinate with faculty and staff of the Music Department

 

Content Marketing and Copy Editor, Ygg Studios, Geneva, IL……………….…………since 2017

• Social media management 

• Content marketing

• Copy Editing

• Web design and development 

 

Self-Employed, Independent Arts Instructor…...…………….……….…………..………......…since 2002

• Instruct piano, vocal, production, composition, and artistic skills

• Coach diverse students from kindergarten to adults

• Tailor teaching to fit individual student needs, including learning modalities, age-level and

background

• Model excellent technique and artistic interpretation

• Encourage students to explore compositional and creative abilities

• Incorporate student personal goals into individualized lesson plans

• Coordinate scheduling

• Develop curriculum for adults and children

• Maintain and write copy for web and public platforms

• Create and post audio-visual content for web

• Coordinate scheduling and organizes events

• Maintain telephone and email correspondence with parents and students

• Created and maintain arts education blog, http://www.perennialmusicandarts.com/

 

Self-Employed, Composer and Creative Professional………….….....………....…..…………....since 2004

• Compose, produce, arrange, produce and perform original music compositions in art and pop styles

• Create interactive video and visual material

• Score visual media

• Creative web and print content using Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud

• Publish printed and digital media

• Edit video and audio material in Adobe Premier, iMovie, Logic Studio, and others

• Create and edit print material in InDesign

• Clients include US Army School of Music, the Unifics, professional realty

 

Founder/Organizer, Hampton Roads Songwriters and Composers, VA Beach, VA ........2012-2014

• Maintained social media via Meetup.com and Facebook

• Founded organization for teen and adult music creators

• Developed and instructed lessons on relevant musical topics

• Facilitated discussion of musical topics

• Lead group creativity exercises

• Scheduled meetings and located appropriate meeting places

• Incorporated technology into lessons including Keynote/Pages, PowerPoint, Ableton Live, Logic Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, VDMX, Native Instruments, Superior Drummer, and MainStage

 

Graduate Assistant, Johns Hopkins University……………..…………………....................2010-2011

• Managed social media, including Facebook and Twitter

• Assisted professors for academic classes

• Arranged academic seminars

• Coordinated and corresponded with special guest presenters

• Maintained equipment, computers and electronic music studios

• Implemented educational concepts into student lead seminars

• Enthusiastically aided in concert production with a team

• Created and updated material for department website and department social media

• Web design and development (HTML and PHP)

• Create marketing materials using Adobe Creative Suite

 

Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Evil Fabric Queen, Geneva, IL………………….......2007-2009

• Website content management

• Product photography

• Newsletter and copy writing

• General bookkeeping

• Customer relations

• Product shipment

 

Music Theory and History Tutor, Judson University, Elgin, IL….…………………….......2002-2004

• Privately tutored both Music History and Music Theory

• Arranged and lead study groups

• Developed review materials for students

• Used knowledge of learning styles to accommodate all students

 

Choral Librarian, Judson University, Elgin, IL.…………………………………….…….....2004-2005

• Collaborated as a team member with two other student librarians

• Devised and maintained a functional library organizational system

• Assisted professor in the selection of musical material for study and performance

• Filed, sorted, and distributed academic materials for student ensembles

• Fulfilled purchase requests for sheet music and purchased expendable office supply stock for

the choral department

• Acted as liaison between students, faculty, and staff organizing rehearsals and performances

 

Youth Musical Theater Piano Accompanist, Agape Singers, Elgin, IL………………..…….…...2004

• Accompanied rehearsals and performances of a youth production of "Pippin"

• Closely worked with the director, sound team and cast members

• Arranged condensed score for solo piano accompaniment

• Improvised piano accompaniment

 

Teacher Aid, Hometown Practicum, Munhall School, Saint Charles, IL….…………………..…2004

• Actively observed and assisted instruction for K-5 students

• Lead songs that incorporated movement and singing

• Demonstrated positive rapport with faculty and staff

• Effectively incorporated Orff instruments in lessons

• Assisted teacher with musical revue production

 

Teacher Aid, Elgin Practicum, U-46 Elementary and Middle Schools, Elgin, IL………….…...2003

• Assisted classroom teacher

• Planned and lead developmentally appropriate activities for middle school choir, middle

school general music and elementary school general music

• Modeled musical concepts for both choral and general music students

• Worked effectively in linguistically and culturally diverse district

• Assisted with technology, including computer aided music theory instruction and keyboard

and guitar instruction

• Incorporated Solfège syllables and hand signs for ear training and sight-singing lessons

• Confidently interacted with administration as well as teaching staff

 

Nanny for Special Needs Child, Geneva, IL…………………………………………...............….2002

• Cared for 10-year-old girl with developmental delays and her 12-year-old brother

• Developed creative, artistic activities that fostered her participation

• Encouraged and praised her efforts at emerging independence

 

Tutor, Multi-cultural Practicum, Carpentersville Middle School, Carpentersville, IL……..….2001

• Tutored general studies to middle school students on a weekly basis in multicultural

environment throughout one semester

• Worked effectively one on one with students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

• Actively observed classroom teachers in variety of academic subject areas

 

MUSIC RELATED VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

Singer/Keyboardist, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Chesapeake, VA…………..2012-2014

Children’s Choir, Director, Aberdeen Proving Ground Post Chapel, Aberdeen, MD………...2009

Pianist, West Ridge Community Church, Elgin, IL…………………………………………...2005

Children’s Accompanist/Arranger, Fox Valley Bible Church, St. Charles, IL………….1999-2000

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND CONFERENCES

 

Member of ASCAP as songwriter/composer and publisher………………………….….since 2009

Texas Music Educators Association…………………………………..……………....…2016-2017

Austin Songwriters Association………………………………………………………....2014-2015

Austin Songwriters Association Symposium…………………….....………………...January 2015

ASCAP Expo Los Angeles, CA……………………………………………....................April 2017

ASCAP Expo Los Angeles, CA……………………………………………....................April 2010

ASCAP Expo Los Angeles, CA…………………………………………………………April 2011

Member of SEAMUS……………………………………………………………………2010-2011

SEAMUS Conference Miami, FL……………………………………………….……January 2011