Jessica Powell

Jessica P.

Chevy Chase, MD
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Harmony and voice-leading, music analysis, AP music theory tutoring
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Jessica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 18

Teaching since:
August 1999

Jessica moved to the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area in 2009, having grown up and gone to school in New York and Ohio. She loves the area, and she and her husband are thrilled to be putting down roots in the community. As a performer, Jessica has traveled around the world, but throughout her career teaching has been one of her most important focuses. "As a relative newcomer to the DC area, growing my private studio has been a great way to get involved in the community. My teaching style is individualized, but I always try to include two important things: building a strong basic skill set, and developing creativity."

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether your goal is to make it into All-State, give a solo recital, play tunes at family gatherings, or just try something new for the very first time, I will help you succeed and have a good time along the way.

In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.

Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. After all, there is no experience so motivating as hearing a new piece that you HAVE to learn to play yourself!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in either living room or upstairs office; Steinway baby grand piano in living room;

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have daily access to either a piano or a keyboard with 88 full-sized, weighted keys. Bass or cello students must have their own bass or cello.

*** Specialties ***
classical, baroque, renaissance

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Sep 2009 - Present
Chevy Chase Music Lessons

Private and group lessons in piano, cello, double bass and viola da gamba

Sep 2005 - Jun 2006
Sound Beach Music (Sound Beach, NY)

Instructor of private cello and bass


Doctor of Musical Arts
Sep 2005 - Dec 2010
Stony Brook University
Master of Music
Sep 2003 - May 2005
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music/Arts Leadership Certificate
Aug 1999 - May 2003
Eastman School of Music
Sep 1998 - Jun 1999
Juilliard School Pre-College


Limited Proficiency

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19 Reviews

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Les Mar 16, 2018
Upright Bass · In studio

I had a great first lesson with Jessica. The lesson took place in a comfortable studio in her house. We discussed my goals and then reviewed where I am currently. She paid carefully attention to my body position with the bow and had several great suggestions on exercises to improve it. I'm already looking forward to the next lesson.

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Gagnon P. Jan 12, 2016
Piano · In studio

Jessica is very nice!

TeriE Feb 5, 2012

I really enjoy taking piano lessons with Jessica. It had been 40 years since I took lessons (as a teenager). Jessica's manner as well as her knowledge and love of music is just what I was hoping to find in a teacher. Her ability to explain musical concepts and her thoughtful approach to teaching has far surpassed my expectations. She gives great constructive feedback and ensures that you understand what she is saying. She is very positive and patient. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with her and recommend her strongly.

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BingruW Nov 6, 2011

very responsible and professional! also nice and patient.

AlexandraS Oct 11, 2011

Jessica is an amazing teacher! She is very patient and helpful. Absolutely so much fun and very professional!

DrEvanD Aug 19, 2011

Clinical Ethicist

The piano lessons are just great. Jessica is a thorough but gentle teacher. Her style is just perfect for me and I'm very much enjoying the lessons.

FelixM1 Mar 23, 2011


The fact that she kept pushing me to reach new heights in learning was more than what I could ask for. I definitely learned a great deal in technique and was able to accomplish the goal of reading music. If I do get the oppurtunity to return to taking piano lessons again I really hope Jessica is available for teaching.

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SallyW Mar 16, 2011


Jessica is kind, calm & professional in her manner.

UteV Jan 16, 2011

She is great!

Jessica came to our house now for the 3rd time to teach both of our daughters one of which is beginner and the other one already has some experience. Since they are learning with Jessica, both are very motivated and love to play piano! Jessica is very encouraging, friendly and patient. We are very happy to have found her.

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AriunaN Jan 13, 2011

Best piano instructor

Jessica is an excellent piano instructor, who is very patient, knowledgeable, diligent and very inspiring. She is such a positive person and pleasure to be around.

DanielleD1 Jan 9, 2011

Jessica is an excellent cello teacher; she is very enthusiastic, encouraging and patient. She definitely knows her stuff. I highly recommend her!

MaphonA Nov 2, 2010

Lesson #3

Nehemiah is showing much improvement in her piano lessons. It's all she talks about. I am so gratefull to have a teacher like you and wish you all the best in the years to come. Thanks-a-million.

SonjaG Oct 13, 2010


Jessica is very talented herself, and also a thorough, imaginative, and kind teacher. She's well organized and thoughtful, a pleasure to work with. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.

FrederickW Aug 17, 2010

Jess is a good teacher. She shows a real desire to see me learn. It seems to me that she is studying my though process so she can accomodate my learning style. She is very complimentary and encouraging. She is always more prepared then I am. Music is in her soul.

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PamB2 Aug 2, 2010

Responsive to My Learning Style

Jessica is an excellent teacher. She is responsive to how I learn. I believe this is why I am learning quickly.

VelinaL Apr 29, 2010

Very positive experience with piano lessons

Jessica has been a wonderful teacher to our daughter Simone. Our daughter has taken lessons for years before, but since she began taking lessons with Jessica, her music reading skills and her piano playing have very significantly improved. Jessica has also helped our daughter improve her attitude to lessons preparation and overall responsibility. In addition, Jessica's regular feedback has been very helpful to us as parents to identify ways to help Simone with her piano practicing. We are very happy with the whole experience and highly recommend Jessica as an instructor.

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MariaS2 Mar 2, 2010

Encouraging and clear in her lesson.

ClaraB Jan 29, 2010

Jessica was a great teacher. I had no experience playing music at all and she made it interesting and challenging. She was very patient and also supportive. Her enthusiasm for music was apparent and contagious. I learned a lot in 3 lessons and am encouraged to continue!

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BeckyK Jan 7, 2010

Jessica has been abosolutely wonderful. She has been very kind and posistive with my daughter. She is professional and very talented and gives a little extra time every week to my daughter to get her further along because we only do lessons every other week. Take Lessons and Jessica have been a wonderful experience from the start!

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