Jessica Harvey

Jessica H.

Seattle, WA

About Jessica H.

Background check: Last verified 08/29/2016
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Jessica teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2010
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Expect fun and relaxed lessons with an emphasis from the beginning of establishing a love and appreciation for music while developing and polishing technique!

Hello! My name is Jessi H. and I received a Bachelor’s of Art in Music from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico. Playing with other people is a great joy and throughout my schooling and afterward, I have performed in in orchestras, chamber ensembles, pit ensembles, and in collaborations with artists in other mediums. I began teaching violin lessons during my undergraduate degree and have maintained a private studio since then, which has been full of a wide variety of students and has branched out to theory and composition.

My intention in the first few weeks of lessons is to identify the goals of each student and how best they learn. While familiar with most teaching methods, I prefer to modify my style of teaching to what is effective for each student. If the student is motivated by what we are playing, then skills grow exponentially faster. Students are encouraged to perform in spring and winter recitals to showcase their progress.

After three to six months, my students can expect to have a solid foundation in the subject they are studying, a start on the repertoire or subjects of their choice, and motivation to keep going!

Photos and Videos

At the Grand Canyon, spring break during my Master's program.

Experience

Teacher
Sep 2016 - Present
Hamlin Robinson School (HRS)

Teach after-school lessons for beginning piano and violin lessons as a member of the HRS Music Academy to students with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2014 - Present
Seattle Symphony

Perform as a member of the Teaching Artists within the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Family, School, & Community Programs Department, inspiring a love of symphonic music for all ages through interactive classes, community programs, and hands-on instrument exploration.
• Created standardized lesson plans for musical story time for ages K – 2.
• Piloted a 20-week residency for the Link Up program in the 2015 – 2016 school year.
• Lead Composer Teaching Artist for the Lullaby Project 2016: arranged and composed 10 lullabies, led rehearsals and recordings sessions with SSO musicians, and assisted in mastering the final CD.

Composition Instructor
May 2014 - Present
Self-Employed

Instruct in music composition and theory rooted in the classical tradition to form new works in the student’s line of interest. Designed and taught a ten-week group class based on rhythmic and tonal transformations for Creative Music Adventures.

Composer
Jul 2012 - Present
Self-employed

Compose musical works that combine traditional and modern theories with current and past styles, cultures, and history; inspired by the profound and inane, creating music unique to the ear.

Violin Teacher
Oct 2008 - Present
Self-employed

Instruct students in individualized weekly lessons, emphasizing a solid technical foundation while addressing each student’s musical interests.

Education

Master's of Music, Music Theory & Composition
Aug 2010 - May 2012
University of New Mexico
Bachelor's of Fine Art, Music
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Bryn Mawr College

Languages Spoken

Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

3 Reviews on Jessica H.

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Max Dec 11, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In studio
Great teacher!
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Mikayla I. Jan 13, 2014
Verified Student · Violin ·
Great Knowledge

Jessica has a fantastic knowledge of the violin. Not only can she explain the theory behind music but relate it to everyday examples. She has a fun personality too; so she makes understanding and learning the pieces fun and easy. She taught me to learn more, push my boundaries, and gain confidence while playing.
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Amanda L. Oct 21, 2012
Verified Student · Violin ·
Great Beginnering Instructor

Jessica is very patient and provides excellent feedback. She is highly knowledgeable on a variety of music types. Her studio is a positive and relaxed environment.
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