Jessica Delfino

Jessica D.

New York, NY

About Jessica D.

Jessica teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1999
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

About Jessica:

Jessica is known worldwide for her music which incorporates her original comedy, artwork and videos. She tours the US and the UK regularly and has performed in many festivals including the Reading & Leeds Festival, Latitude Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin Comedy Festival, End of the Road Festival, NY Funny Songs Festival, NY International Children’s Film Festival and more.

Jessica’s music and comedy is inspired by being the oldest of 6 girls and growing up in a small town in Maine, where she taught Sunday school and counseled teens and twins in a local after school program for four years. When Jessica was 19, she moved to Philadelphia to study animation after winning a scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and relocated to NYC shortly after graduating.

Her unique music, performances, art and internet videos have won many awards and critical acclaim.

She has performed her music and written segments and songs for television (including ABC’s “Good Morning America”, MTV’s “I Bet You Will”, Fox News “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”, IFC's "Comedy Music Hall of Fame", HGTV's Flea Market Flip, TBS’s “Saving Grace” website and “The Tyra Banks Show”), radio (including "The Dr. Demento Show", "The Jackie Martling Show", WFMU's "Spreading Yourself Thin with Jessica D" and “The Opie and Anthony Radio Show” on SiriusXM, BBC’s “Loose Ends Radio Programme” and BBC’s “The Simone Show” in the UK), feature films (including “What Would Jesus Buy?” directed by Morgan Spurlock), commercially for major clients and also on stages across the US and the UK (including London’s prestigious Soho Theatre, NYC’s Irving Plaza, Joe’s Pub and The Bowery Ballroom as John Waters’ opening act, and LA’s Troubadour).

*** Lesson Details ***
Taking lessons with Jessica is fun. Jessica is like a cool aunt or a playful big sister who likes to have a good time but who also wants to teach you to play guitar or ukulele and sing, hopefully at the same time. Singing and playing at the same time can be really tricky. But with Jessica's laid back style and attention to your needs as a student, you will go as fast or as slow as is comfortable for you. Jessica works with classic rock, pop, folk and all your favorite songs as your step ladder for learning. Jessica also can help you develop your own musical style and teach you to write YOUR OWN SONGS from beginning to end, if that is of interest to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
amp, microphone, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and Ukulele. Students can borrow and rent instruments initially but must get their own, as soon as possible

*** Specialties ***
I teach classic stringed instruments such as acoustic / electric guitar and ukulele, and several unusual instruments such as singing saw and electronic and standard autoharp. I also teach singing, songwriting and offer guidance on how to monetize your band, including acquiring sponsorships and arranging local and international tours. I have a very easy going style which consists of the two of us sitting one on one and starting with the basics, then moving on to learn others' songs (The Beatles or other classics are a good place to start) and then trying to compose our own songs, as well, if that is of interest.

Photos and Videos

Here I am, en route to help some ambitious fretter to rock out on the guitar

Experience

Owner
Apr 2015 - Present
Private Studio

My studio is a 500 sq ft dedicated music studio and creative space that is used as a music school by day and a performance space at night including live music, comedy and other acts. There, you will learn to play guitar, ukulele and sing or focus on the skills you've already acquired. There is a stage and full sound system, and student showcases are a regular part of the calendar.

Music Teacher
Mar 2015 - Present
Charter School

I teach young musicians, ages 12 - 15 to play guitar, ukulele and sing individually and as part of a group setting.

Guitar and Ukulele Group Lessons Teacher
May 2012 - Present
New York Public Library

I sporadically teach groups of upwards of 15 students to play the ukulele and guitar and different locations of New York Public Library branches around NYC.

Music teacher and advisor
Apr 2012 - Present
Private

I run a boutique music studio in downtown Manhattan with about 25 private students. I teach one on one and group classes in studio. I travel to teach on location, as well. I give lectures on music at schools and companies, and run team building music classes with major corporate clients. I also connect clients to musicians, rent musical equipment and offer solutions to your all musical needs, whatever they may be.

Education

Specialized Degree of Computer Technology
Sep 1997 - Jun 2000
Art Institute of Philadelphia

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Winner, Tenacious D Festival Supreme theme song contest
Oct 2014
Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass)

34 Reviews on Jessica D.

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Ron Mar 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Jessica is a virtuoso on the ukulele. She has the patience of a saint with less than adept students. Yet she is insistent, in a gentle way, about instilling correct form in her students' approach to the uke. In addition, she is a walking encyclopedia of songs that span the range from traditional to standards to current day favorites, and from country to r&B to rock and roll.
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James Mar 7, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I am so fortunate to have found Jessica to teach the Ukulele. She is sweet, kind and truly a pleasure. very unassuming yet so focused on my particular needs when I lose my way. I strongly recommend her. I am so fortunate. Wait, did I say that already? Thank you Jessica.
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Courtney Mar 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Jessica has been teaching both my kids for a few years. She started with my daughter at age 4 on ukulele and my son started guitar at age 6. They are now 10 and 8 and take lessons weekly.
Jessica is patient and kind and really gets to know each student. She keeps track of lessons weekly, prints out music, and gives the kids clear weekly practice assignments. She brings her own love of music to the lessons and songs range from classics to contemporary songs.
While caring for her newborn we also had the opportunity to take lessons from a few other musicians who work for Jessica. They were both great. Daniel, in particular, is a thoughtful teacher who supplements the kids' lessons with audio files for them to practice to.
I highly recommend the Unicorn and Jessica.
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David Mar 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jessica is amazing. She is a brilliant and patient teacher, and I don't hesitate to recommend her to anyone who wants to learn how to play guitar or ukulele like a master.
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Linda Mar 4, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
great teacher who makes you comfortable learning at a beginners level. she knows her stuff and explains it so well. i loved my class with jessica!!
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Kathleen Feb 22, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I took several lessons with Jessica, and is is clearly knowledgable about the uke, however she made it clear that she was annoyed that I was taking 30 minute lessons, rather than longer lessons. This made it uncomfortable. She also forgot to show up for my lesson twice, so I ended up discontinuing the lessons and finding another teacher.
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Sharon Lam Aug 8, 2015
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
I've been playing the ukulele for about two years, but I wanted to level up. Jessica is an amazing teacher - she gives tips and hints on how to improve, and provides a very supportive environment.
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Jeannie G. Jul 30, 2015
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Jessica is very knowledgable, encouraging, patient and fun. She obviously loves to teach and has been the perfect ukelele instructor for me. Jeannie
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Nicole F. Jun 8, 2015
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Jessica is a great instructor who is passionate about teaching her students and is passionate about music . Very encouraging to students that are new to guitar .
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Jamie F. May 22, 2015
Verified Student · Ukulele · In home
Having NO experience at all, Jessica is making things feel very natural and approachable! She herself is very talented, and she is able to get on my level and help me one step at a time...lessons feel very organic and I leave with a head full of new ideas and inspirations! Anytime I have a question or a problem, she has a tip/trick/drill to help me though it. Lessons are low key and comfortable, but very professional!
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