Janet Feld

Janet Feld

Innovative Performer  ●  Outstanding Vocalist  ●  Accomplished Guitarist  ●  Master Teacher

"Your songs are so personal to you and you invite everyone in to enjoy them. I love each and every one. Sometimes performers can seem detached and going through the motions. I never feel that with your songs. They hit some special note for everyone."
Lynn Swiniarski

"It felt just like peering over the shoulder of an inspired painter unfolding beautiful, intimate and vibrant watercolor scenes under your very eyes. So many moods and textures yet Truthfulness is both a constant theme and attribute in your singing. Inspiring.."
Bertrand Laurence, Blues and Finger-style Guitarist Extraordinaire about "I Met Myself"

"If you had been on stage with Taylor Swift and Carly Simon you would have been just as good!  I believe in you Janet!"
Lily, age 7

Award winning singer-songwriter, Janet Feld, captivates audiences across the nation and listeners across the globe with engaging performances filled with her wry sense of humor and sassy playfulness.

Audiences find themselves moved as the music shifts from the engrossing true story, Rosalie’s Diamonds, that describes how Feld’s grandmother rescued her family from Nazi-occupied Austria in the late 1930’s to her deeply introspective work in I Met Myself to her description of love’s unpredictable journey in Waiting for Love.

Sought after for her talents as an opening artist, Janet has opened for Cheryl Wheeler, Aztec Two Step, John Gorka, Dar Williams, and Tom Kimmel.  She has also performed at folk festivals from coast to coast throughout her nearly three decade career.

Janet’s recordings range from productions with a host of studio musicians to the simple clarity of a voice and guitar, with a touch of piano.  I Met Myself is her newest release which Janet feels is her most authentic work to date.

Janet loves to perform because of the way she connects with audience members and the meaning in the interactions.  Janet recalls, “After I performed Rosalie's Diamonds at a Unitarian Universalist church for their observance of Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day, a woman in the congregation stood up and ‘came out’ to everyone as a Holocaust survivor for the first time. She'd been a member of this church for over 20 years, and no one knew. Afterward she came over to me and took my hands and said, ‘We don't even have to speak.’  To me, that’s the meaning of music, the way it communicates something to the deepest part of the soul.”

In addition to performing, Janet teaches guitar and songwriting at The Passim School of Music and general music classes at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy.  She is also the Founder and Master Teacher of Janet’s Planet: Music Lessons For Humanoids, offering private lessons and video lesson programs to people of all ages.  Her goal is to help people experience the fact that you don’t have to be from the “special talented people” planet in order to play music.

An Interview with Janet.....

How long have you been teaching music?

I’ve been teaching music since 1988.  Since then I’ve taught people of all ages and abilities in general music classes, private guitar and piano lessons, songwriting, ensemble groups and group guitar lessons.

How long have you been a performing songwriter?

I’ve been a performing songwriter since 1986, playing at clubs and coffeehouses nationwide and some overseas.

I’m tone deaf and have no music talent, can I still learn to play music?

The only people who are tone deaf are deaf.  If you can hear, speak and feel like it, then you can learn to play music.

What kind of people do you work best with?

1. People who believe that only the “special talented” people can learn but wish they could too.

2. Guitar players who are terrified of barre chords and want to make friends with them.

3. Crazy, busy people who think they don’t have time to learn but would love to.

4. Anyone who has the desire to learn.

How are you different from other music teachers?

When you study with me you not only learn technique and theory, you also get an enthusiastic cheerleader.  I understand the emotional hurdles that leave you feeling like you can’t learn and help you leap over them.  My mission is to take the mystery out of learning to play music and give you full access to playing your favorite songs.

How do you work? What can I expect?

All technique and theory are taught in the context of playing songs; it’s easier and way more fun.  I have a vast repertoire of songs to work with but you can also request your favorites.  Students register for lessons by semester which includes sheet music, “let me take the mystery out of it” theory handouts, practice mp3s and recitals.  All of my students receive a weekly newsletter with free video lessons and helpful information about playing music.

Can I just sign up for one session with you?

I’m an awesome teacher but not the best fit for everyone. You can sign up for an introductory lesson and decide for yourself.  Then you can choose to pay for the lesson or register for the semester.

I’m really busy and overwhelmed. How much time is involved before I get results?

Being an over-scheduled, over-functioning New Englander I totally get this!  I offer my students a simple, manageable practice regimen that totally fits even your whack schedule – 5 days a week, 10 minutes.  One of my students who works crazy hours at a really stressful job calls her guitar lessons, “my valium”.  They help her stay centered and grounded in the midst of her weekly madness.  Even she has the time to practice, has made friends with barre chords and is comfortable playing all sorts of songs.

Why are lessons with you so expensive?

When you register for lessons with me, you get the benefit of my 3 decades of teaching and a lifetime of learning and playing music.  Teaching the material, management of class dynamics, keeping my students engaged and helping them over normal learning hurdles are second nature to me.

There are certainly teachers who charge less than I do and some of them are very good.  When you register with me, you're getting a top quality experience that imbues a love of playing music that can last a lifetime.  Also, we have lots of fun.

I want to study guitar with you but I don’t live in the Boston area.

I offer 4 levels of video guitar lessons based on my classes at The Passim School of Music.  Learn guitar from me on your schedule at home.  You can email or call me any time when you have questions.

Looking for more information? Email me at janet@janetsplanetmusiclessons.com