Jessica Delfino

Jessica D.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Music Recording

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I can teach you to use Garage Band or even your iPhone to record demo or better quality songs that are good for sharing online or on social media or sending to prospective clients, friends, family and more. I can help you set up your in home studio and your computer. I can help you select the gear you need to record your music at home. I can also help you record songs in my studio.
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About

Jessica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 1999

Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile. Please feel free to ask me any questions. -Jessica

***About Jessica***
Jessica is known worldwide for her music which incorporates her original comedy, artwork and videos. She spent a decade touring the US and the UK 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 receiving a partial 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 ***
Jessica brings a lot of fun to her lessons. She is like a cool aunt or a 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. Jessica's laid back style and attention to your needs as a student will help you reach your goals, whatever they may be. Together, 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 rent instruments initially but must get their own, as soon as possible

*** Specialties ***
Classic stringed instruments such as acoustic / electric guitar and ukulele, and several unusual instruments such as singing saw and electronic and standard autoharp, singing, songwriting and guidance on how to monetize your band, including acquiring sponsorships and arranging local and international tours.

***What Are Lessons Like?***
Student(s) and teacher sit together and start with the basics, then move on to learn others' songs (The Beatles or other classics are a good place to start) and then may even try to compose original songs, if that is of interest.

***Affiliations***
Women In Music
ASCAP
The Recording Academy, Associate Member
Comedy Musician's Coalition

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Experience

Owner
Apr 2015 - Present
Private Music & Performance Studio

My music & performance studio is a 500 sq ft dedicated 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.

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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.

Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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

Affiliations

The Recording Academy
Mar 2017

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

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Women In Music
Oct 2010

Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2006

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

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

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Who said learning has to be boring? I will teach you how to play guitar, ukulele, singing saw, autoharp, electronic autoharp, and maybe even banjo, someday. Disclaimer: Accent not real. Second disclaimer: This commercial is just for yuks, when you take lessons with me, we'll actually be learning stuff :)
This is a press photo that was taken for the NY Funny Songs Festival which I have been involved with since it's incorporation in 2012.

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35 Reviews

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Terence May 24, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Really enjoyed my first lesson. I got a lot of applicable tips for my future processing. Jessica is very talented. Hoping my next set of lessons so be just as promising!

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.

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!!

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
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.

Jeannie G. Jul 30, 2015
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

Nicole F. Jun 8, 2015
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 .

Jamie F. May 22, 2015
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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Nicholas P. Dec 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Jessica is upbeat and articulate! Her teaching space has an inviting vibe and is full of useful musical resources. I have previous experience playing other instruments, and Jessica was quickly able to craft a game plan to get me started with guitar technique and finger patterns in a very efficient manner. I would highly recommend her to prospective students of all ages and experience levels!

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Brianne C. Jun 22, 2014
Ukulele · In home

It's not easy to find an auto-harp teacher in this city and Jessica was great. She is a fun, easy-going teacher with a knowledgeable answer to any question!

Jane S. May 9, 2014
Ukulele ·

Jessica rocks

I have been taking with Jessica for over a year and she has amped up my skills like I never knew was possible. She makes it fun and is a great teacher.

Rob F. Nov 27, 2013
Ukulele ·

Jessica Delfino is a "rara avis"

Jess has been a fun and highly learned ukulele teacher. Her ear for music is astonishing, she's eclectic, and she wants me to enjoy the journey. And I have.

Best of all, she never winces when I miss a note.

Chaya Lieba B. Oct 28, 2013
Ukulele ·

Jessica is a great teacher

Jessica works with me on what I want to work on. She is knowledgable and has creative ways of teaching. I really enjoy lessons with her!

Elissa W. Feb 18, 2013
Ukulele ·

Wonderful teacher for students of any age.

Needing to discontinue my ukulele lessons was one of the major downsides to my change in work schedule. Jessica is a patient, encouraging teacher and talented musician. I am an oldie, folk and jazz lover. She introduced me to music I would never have chosen on my own, and broadened my appreciation of what could be played on the ukulele. To really appreciate her talent, go and watch her perform.

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Sharon S. Feb 15, 2013
Guitar ·

Amazing, fun and creative!

Guitar lessons with Jessica were the highlight of my week—she's an awesome, patient and caring teacher who pushes you while still giving you tons of support and encouragement. She'll introduce you to new music and help you break down the songs YOU really want to learn. She really cares about her students; Jessica's the best.

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Zach J. Feb 14, 2013
Singing ·

Best decision I've ever made.

Jessica's ability to provide accessible instruction is unparalleled. Her guidance has helped me grow immensely within a short period of time. The exercises are challenging, but Jessica readily gives the encouragement and consideration needed for one to succeed. Definitely the best teacher I've had.

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Jeremy G. Feb 13, 2013
Singing ·

Fun & Creative

I started out as a complete beginner and was shy and lacked confidence to sing in front of other people. I've been taking voice lessons with Jessica for six months now and keep taking them because it's fun & I feel I've improved. Jessica has been honest & given me constructive feedback. She is focused on helping me during our lessons. It's fun to sing while she plays the guitar and she's also introduced me to music that I think is good to work with for my voice. Now I am much more comfortable than before with singing. I highly recommend Jessica.

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TheresaM May 18, 2012
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Yowza

I really appreciate Jessica's straight forward teaching style and how she has been able to craft a curriculum that matches my level (newbie). Plus I love to be challenged and Jessica is so great at providing me with good feedback!I look forward to each lesson...I look forward to our lessons

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ElizabethV1 May 14, 2012
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Jessica is the perfect combination of warm, talented, challenging and motivating. She's not only improved my voice immensely in a short period of time, but also given me a lot to think about on the subject of presence, performance and poise. Also she's cool, funny and sweet. Highly recommended!

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TrinaB Apr 16, 2012
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She's Great!

Jessica really knows her stuff and will work very close with you to accomplish your goals. She has a very full tool box of musical ticks to get you to do things without knowing you are doing them.

ElizabethR1 Apr 15, 2012
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Great! Helpful, easygoing, and the lessons are paced really well. I'm impressed by how much I've learned in a short time!

TJR Jan 24, 2012
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amazing.

makes me feel relaxed and helps me to understand things clearly. she is an amazing teacher and would recommend her to everyone.

AineM Jan 23, 2012
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Patience and Insight!

I've really been enjoying my music lessons with Jessica. She really caters to her students needs. She provides great suggestions for strengthening my song-writing, responds positively to questions and concerns, and has tremendous patience. Her music ability, sincerity and enthusiasm for teaching definitely makes her a great teacher.

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RobF Nov 16, 2011
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Jess

I love the ukulele, and Jess is a fine teacher (and obviously a great musical talent).

MindyL Nov 2, 2011
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Feed back

Jessica is great!She's patient, encouraging and really motivating.I really enjoy my lessons.

NeilC Sep 19, 2011
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Jessica is a really good teacher. She worked at a pace that was comfortable to me and could easily explain and show me how to improve my voice.

JohnL5 Sep 2, 2011
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A great instructor

Jessica is simply exceptional. In addition to being very talented, she is a great teacher, patient, and always constructive. Before my first two sessions with Jessica, I was afraid to sing. Now, I'll sing while walking down the street. I enthusiastically recommend her

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AlexH2 Jul 24, 2011
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Jessica is great. She works at my pace and goes over things as many times as I need. Everything is explained clearly in terms I can understand and she always answers all my questions. Working with Jessica is highly recommended!

MaxineL Dec 8, 2010
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My 2 girls ages 8 and 10 absolutely love Jessica ! She makes guitar lessons so much fun. I highly recommend her ~

MargotF Oct 6, 2010
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She is excellent! I am having such a fun time and learning so much.

YvetteI Feb 20, 2010
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Hi Jessica

The meeting was very pleasant and interesting. I am going on practicing the two songs we studied. I know how to work more precisely now and I am aware I need practicing everyday. It is useful to be repeated it is indispensable to be confident. I would have liked to take more lessons but I am going back to France where I live. Thank you for these moments.

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IrmaM Jan 25, 2010
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what a feeling!

getting confidence with holding, strumming, and getting to know the cords.Jessica is awesome, patient and pushes me to learn more with every visit.

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