- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I’ve been a professional songwriter/singer & teacher (though like to call myself a mentor) for over 15 years. A few years ago I was asked to mentor music students from Denmark’s Oure Performing Arts School during their annual visit to NYC. We helped the students improve their original songs before they went in to the studio to record (while in NYC). It was such a rewarding experience that I continued to mentor them each time they visited the USA. I also coach students in the NYC Public Schools (for special performances), non profit at risk youth organizations, as well as private classes for songwriters & performers of all ages.
I bring my real world experience of a successful music career to all of my students. I’m the recipient of the ASCAPlus Songwriters Award, I’ve toured with Aretha Franklin (& other artists) & I’ve licensed over 100 of my original songs to film/tv projects. Making music is highly personal & a cathartic way to express your life experience. Let’s make some music together!
I decided to hire Jess to write a theme song for my mindful media project after hearing her song in a Pokemon movie. We talked on the phone and her energy felt very understanding while it also had a tone of let's MAKE THIS HAPPEN! It was the burst and reassurance I needed to DO IT! I was actually excited about it now. I gave her my input on the project theme and she asked very interesting and thoughtful questions to get the answers she needed. It was a balancing act between creative & structure that to -make the finished song- seem like it happened effortlessly. In reality it was like 2 different kinds of minds communicating together to Co-create the music we need and love. It came in before the deadline and on budget. She is a pro. Thank you, Jess!+ Read More
Jess is amazing. She came into my drama class at Aviation High School and trained 8 students, 7 of which were first timers, to solo in front of audiences of over 300 in three sessions. She builds trust and makes her students feel safe to take the risks that are required for performance and expression. When students wrote reviews of of the made their preparation most memorable several mentioned working with Jess. I know it was for me too.+ Read More