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.
Verified Student · Classical Voice · In studio
She is a wonderful coach and I have enjoyed my time so far working with her. I've been to 3 other vocal teachers in Chicago over the years, and she is by far the best. She is the first teacher I have been to in years who has helped me grow as a performer and help me see noticeable results.
First and foremost, Jessica is able to teach the correct techniques of signing and she brings this to the forefront. She is clearly very knowledgeable about the physical aspects of great singing and clearly explains and shows how everything within the body works together to create sound. She is very creative in recommending exercises and things to practice in order to improve overall technique and capabilities.
Don't let the technical approach fool you, though; Jessica is extremely expressive and has a real passion for singing and helping others sing to the best ability. She has a wide repertoire and can teach music of all different genres and styles, making it fun along the way (whether classical, jazz, modern, show tunes, opera, etc.). She provides in-the-moment feedback too help push to make pieces performance ready.
Finally, she is a great overall performance coach, providing recommendations on ways to calm nerves, act with a piece, etc. and has some great tips and perspective on helping prepare for an audition.
I would highly recommend Jessica as a teacher.
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Verified Student · Vocal Training · In studio
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Jessica taught me for a couple of years when I was first staring to take singing seriously. I was very pleased with her teaching methods and general manner.
My lessons were tailored to my specific needs: Jessica was understanding of my limited technical knowledge but still was able to guide me through many beneficial vocal exercises. The technique I had been singing with previously was poor and possible harmful to my voice, and I feel like Jessica did a wonderful job of building up a very functional framework of ideas I was able to use to guide my private practice.
As well as helpful technical tools, Jessica provided me with insightful and constructive feedback into the way I was performing my songs, ensuring skills I built up from the exercises were translating across to my performance of material.
Jessica is easy to get along with, honest, persistent and encouraging. I would recommend her as a teacher for anyone, regardless of their singing style or level of skill.
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Jessica taught me a wide range of techniques, from energizing the body to bel canto exercises, that really increased the strength and range of my voice. She is excellent at diagnosing bad technique, and creates innovative ways to fix it; in addition, she taught me how to master the basics, such as resonating the vowels and working with air flow. She is also great at helping you connect with songs and making them your own. Although I mainly sing pop music, she can teach you a classical technique that can be applied to any style of singing. I started with Jessica a beginner, but after taking her lessons I feel much more confident about my singing. She's also a great person to get to know :).