Jessica is a teacher with over a decade's experience and also has a serious career as a solo vocalist. Her performances have garnered praise for their “…virtuosic whimsy” (New York Times), “expressive flexibility, combined with imagination…” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “…utmost security and power...” (Chicago Tribune).
She teaches students of all ages and musical backgrounds and has a Masters degree in music from the University of California. Jessica teaches in a range of styles; from opera and theatre, to jazz and singer-song writing. She is passionate about voice and helps her students to master their voices through a foundation in a body-oriented vocal technique. She encourages students to become knowledgeable about the music they perform and to develop the skills to be clear and expressive vocal communicators.
When not teaching, Jessica is a professional vocal soloist who performs with ensembles around the world, especially in her native Australia where she has been a soloist with many of their orchestras and opera companies. She is also a recording artist on labels including Chandos, Ars Publica and Hospital Hill. As a performer, she specializes in adventurous repertoire; singing opera, chamber music, experimental, conventional and contemporary-classical music. Her love of experimentation influences her teaching. She takes an exploratory approach to finding the best ways to help each individual student improve.
*** Lesson Details ***
A first lesson will always begin with getting to know each other. It is important to me that we figure out why a student has come to have lessons and to decide on the best path forward to help them reach their goals. Lessons will include a mix of technical work (to improve vocal tone quality, range, flexibility and ease) and working on repertoire. Students can bring in songs they want to learn and we work on them together. Alternately, I might suggest appropriate pieces to complement other things we are working on (for example, if we are working on improving some aspect of a students listening skills, I might suggest a piece that helps to cement that learning, or if we are trying to improve a student's ease in a particular part of their range, we might work on a piece that uses that part of their range).
*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is a room in my home with a piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano and room without distractions
*** Specialties ***
Classical, opera, music theatre
I have maintained a private studio for 10 years and have taught singing at universities and colleges in the US and in my home town of Melbourne, Australia. I've taught music history and given guest lectures in voice at Monash University, the University of California and Santa Clara University. My students have ranged from young children to university voice-majors and professionals; using their voices for purposes as diverse as opera singing, musical theatre, choral singing, pop-music and jazz.
A course in the 'industry side' of the music business, emphasizing practical skills like marketing, recording and self-producing.
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.