Jamie Ratcliffe

Jamie R.

Southport, CT
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Beginner, Intermediate
Ms. Ratcliffe’s piano students begin learning by reading intervals while establishing a technical foundation, which includes building strength in the fingers to aid the body to play naturally according to each student’s unique hand shape, using the arm weight and gravity to help press the keys down (“dipping doughnuts”), and correct posture and body position. Ms. Ratcliffe believes practice skills are very important, and will discuss and help each student discover how to practice, including maximizing time efficiency. Her approach to reading music involves recognizing musical patterns and using clues to establish a hand position rather than immediate note memorization, allowing a student to progress quickly and transpose easily. Ms. Ratcliffe will often supplement learning piano with music theory and sight reading activities to reinforce a variety of learning styles.

About Jamie R.

In 2019, Ms. Ratcliffe sang Norma in Bellini’s Norma at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, and made her professional recital debut “Love and Music” at the National Opera Center featuring art song, opera and musical theater. Her recent roles include Wellgunde in Das Rheingold (Wagner), Giulietta and Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) with New York Opera Forum. Ms. Ratcliffe’s upcoming roles for 2020 include Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda (Donizetti), Micaëla in Carmen (Bizet), and Elisabetta in Don Carlo (Verdi).

As a concert soloist, Ms. Ratcliffe sang “Die ihr schwebet” from Geistliches Wiegenlied (Brahms), Regina Coeli (Mozart), Coronation Mass (Mozart), Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Messiah. In 2018, Ms. Ratcliffe sang both the American and Irish national anthems at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greenwich, CT. In addition to performing, Ms. Ratcliffe is a strong believer in music education, and maintains a private voice studio in Fairfield County, CT.

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JIM
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Hello, my daughter has been taking piano lessons from Jamie since she was 7. She is now 10. Under Jamie’s tutelage, my daughter has gone from a shy little girl playing plunk plunk plunk to a beaming with enthusiasm pianist playing Queen’s Bahamian Rhapsody at the yearly piano recital. For four weeks, Jamie and my daughter tore through 4 sections of the Rhapsody that Jamie had modified for her. It was amazing to see the dedication of Jamie and the interest and fun in my daughter. At the recital she was fantastic and what a smile. Jamie is a very accomplished artist and piano teacher, she focuses my daughter on good piano techniques while having fun. For example, while Jamie taught my daughter to play songs she also focused my daughter to read music rather than memorize the music, My daughter was able to transform this training into playing other musical instruments. At eight she took up the flute and quickly moved into advanced band. While I focused on the accomplishments of my daughter as any proud parent would do, the foundation of her success began with the training she received from Jamie. Jamie has taught my daughter for three years and we are going to keep coming – until my daughter grows up and leaves for college.

Posted Nov 13, 2019
Mieke
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Jamie is compassionate, erudite, & challenges you. She knows how to push you, but, simultaneously, always has your back. I look forward to my lesson every week.

Posted Nov 11, 2019
Shawna
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My daughter really enjoys having Jamie as her teacher! Since she was 6 she has gained confidence and appreciation for the guitar. Jamie is patient and has been terrific with guidance and keeping her interested through the lessons. We wouldn’t want anyone else!

Posted Oct 29, 2019
Ashley
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Jamie has taught My daughter a lot within a short time frame playing the piano. My daughter improves with different skills each lesson. I can tell Jamie loves to teach and really cares about her students.

Posted Oct 15, 2019
Julia
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If I could click on infinite stars for Jamie I would. My voice is always growing stronger and more flexible and that is due to her wonderful teaching. She is extremely knowledgable and teaches in a way that is easy to understand and makes learning fun. I have been studying with Jamie for around 5 or 6 years and there is a reason I have never strayed. In addition to her amazing vocal technique and teaching style, Jamie is one of the best mentors to young artists. She is encouraging, smart, and caters to all the needs of performers. Whether she is helping work through a tough note, serving as a mentor for how to manage college auditions, or even listening to personal problems, Jamie is always there for her students. I am so lucky to have found her all those years ago and I know she will help others just as much as she helped me.

Posted Oct 15, 2019

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Experience

Music Teacher
Feb 2009 - Present

Greenwich Music

Teach private lessons for voice, piano, guitar and cello.

Music Teacher
Sep 2016 - Dec 2018

Music to Your Home

Taught private in-home music lessons for piano and voice.

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2010 - Jul 2012

Fairfield University

Taught private voice and piano lessons; organized, prepared, and conducted university orchestra rehearsals

Substitute Teacher
Sep 2007 - Sep 2008

Fairfield Public Schools

Education

Master of Music - Choral Conducting
Sep 2005 - May 2008

University of Oregon

Bachelor of Music - Voice Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2005

Syracuse University

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

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