Jessica Harvey

Jessica H.

Seattle, WA

About Jessica H.

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Jessica teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2010
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I grew up in a very musical household; listening to anything and everything from 1960's folk, early punk, and current pop music to classical, country, and celtic. I began violin lessons in fourth grade and was trained in the classical tradition though as time went along, was also exposed to modern, fiddle, and pop styles. I believe that my background establishes a solid technical basis for my students that leads to wherever their interests lie.

I received a BFA in Music from Bryn Mawr College and a MMu in Music Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico. I have played in several ensembles including the Bi-Co Orchestra at Bryn Mawr, multiple chamber music ensembles, a community Chorale Orchestra, and the musical accompaniment to a play. I began teaching violin lessons during my undergraduate degree and have continued teaching ever since.

I have found that there is an enormous joy and satisfaction in teaching the love of music through violin and assisting my students in starting and continuing their own musical journey. I have had students in all stages of life but no matter what the age, the love for music is a great one to be shared.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons I am relaxed but do expect students to understand the importance of the technical aspects of learning violin. I usually start out with exercises from Strictly Strings combined with the repertoire from the Suzuki literature. As each student progresses and learns where their own interests are, I am eager to hone technical skill with the music they enjoy.

I do not follow a particular teaching method and instead prefer to modify my style with how each student learns best, whether it is by ear, with playing together, or an contains an emphasis on theory. I do strongly believe in the power of consistent, quality practice which does not necessarily take a large chunk of time but does need to be focused.

After three to six months, my students can expect to have a solid basis for whatever style they are interested in as well as a start on violin repertoire in the style of their choice. I have taught students with attention disorders and dyslexia and am always willing to expand my teaching experience to other students with special needs.

People say that teaching is the best learning experience and in my life, I have found that statement to be completely true. I hope to hear, teach, and grow with my students in the near future.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a portable music stand and initial music books to start. I expect my students to provide the instrument and eventually buy the books needed.

*** Specialties ***
In music theory, I am familiar with the Piston and Laitz textbooks. I can teach counterpoint, four-part writing, chordal analysis, figured bass, and post-tonal theory. As far as violin I am very comfortable with the Suzuki books and specialize in classical repertoire.

Photos and Videos

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


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

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.


Jul 2012 - Present

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

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


Sep 2008 - May 2009
Bryn Mawr College

Taught music theory to students in need of additional assistance on a flexible schedule.

Summer Arts Internship

May 2008 - Aug 2008
Bryn Mawr-Independent

Composed a symphony for string orchestra based on fiddle tunes under the guidance of a college professor.


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


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2 Reviews on Jessica H.

Mikayla I. Jan 13, 2014
Verified Student
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.
Amanda L. Oct 21, 2012
Verified Student
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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