- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach the same technique that the greats of the Golden Age used. Lots of science-backed technique designed to strengthen your voice and help you sing healthily. We will choose material appropriate for your voice type/age/range and apply the technique. I also place heavy emphasis on breathing technique, vowel modification, diction and foreign language pronunciation.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 13+
- Teaching since:
- August 2013
With more than 29 years of performance experience, I offer my students a fun, science-backed technique that is perfect for all ages and levels. I trained at Juilliard, Pepperdine University, and hold a degree from The New School. Here is my full professional bio:
"In recent seasons, she has sung Santuzza in North Shore Music Festival’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana; the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors for the inaugural production of the Modern Opera Repertory Company, and also for the Passionist Hatian Missionary Charities in New York City; Brünnhilde in excerpts of Wagner’s Ring as part of an experimental theater piece entitled “A Yiddishe Wagner” for the 14th Street Y’s LABA Live project; as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Garden State Philharmonic; and she has performed in recital with the Cantanti Project NYC.
She joined DiCapo Opera Theater covering the role of Abigail Williams and performing the role of Sarah Good in Robert Ward’s The Crucible and repeated her performance for the award-winning European Premiere of the work in Szeged, Hungary in November, 2008. Other engagements have included Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Metro Lyric Opera New Jersey, and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute with the Harrisburg Opera Association.
Active on the concert stage as well as in opera, Ms. Schneiderman has been a regular soloist with her home orchestras, the Burbank Philharmonic and the New West Symphony, performing works by Mahler, Stravinsky, Orff and Mozart. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall as soprano soloist in the world premiere of Ed Lojeski’s Missa Americana. Later, she premiered the soprano solos of Mike Garson’s Symphonic Suite for Healing at the new Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.
Ms. Schneiderman made her operatic debut with Festival Opera Walnut Creek as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro to much critical acclaim and went on with the company to perform Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Sophie in Werther. Ms. Schneiderman attended the San Francisco Opera Merola Program, and immediately followed this with a year as a Resident Young Artist with Seattle Opera, where she specialized in the music of Mozart and Rossini. She is is also a recipient of many awards and recognitions, including 3rd place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Southwest Region, 5th Place in the Loren L. Zachary Society competition, Gari Foundation Encouragement Award winner, and Violetta DuPont Competition finalist.
In addition to her passion for classical music, Ms. Schneiderman has performed extensively in crossover music, having performed regularly with pop legend, David Foster, at various events. During this time, she shared the stage with Michael Crawford and spent several years as duet partner to Josh Groban.
Her first full-length album, Unlimited; is available for purchase on iTunes and CDBaby.com."
Whether you are just beginning your training, if you want to sing for fun, or if you're an established professional, I can help by giving you the tools that will have you singing well for years to come.
*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with me will include a warm-up, where we discuss basic concepts of technique, vocal physiology and sound. You will learn the fundamentals of healthy singing and increase your vocal stamina. Next, we will work on the music of your choice and apply those technical concepts to the piece you're working. I will also advise you on elements of style and performance at this point as well.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I use studio space that always includes a piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have piano or keyboard in home if I am traveling.
*** Specialties ***
Voice, Musical Theater, Opera, Jazz, Pop Music, Style, Presentation
Starring role as Agathe in Bronx Opera’s production of Der Freischütz.
Starring in an experimental theater piece based on Wagner's Ring Cycle. Sang the role of Brünnhilde in a multimedia-based presentation.
Starring role as Santuzza in North Shore's production of Cavalleria Rusticana.
Performed principal and secondary roles in mainstage productions, young artist/outreach productions, and special concerts.
Performed principal roles in Young Artist productions, educational outreach and many concerts.
Attended as a summer resident performing principal roles.
Performed with David Foster, Josh Groban, Nita Whitaker, Michael Crawford and others for various engagements.
Played various principal roles from 1999-2000
I'm having the greatest time taking lessons with Jessica. It's definitely the highlight of my week. She's extremely personal, encouraging, and extremely knowledgeable. I love that she doesn't just teach you how to sing properly but explains the science behind the technique.She's great at finding what's unique about your voice and cultivating that. I've definitely improved as a singer and have become more confident through working with her. I look forward to seeing her each week!Show More
Jessica has a lot of helpful practical knowledge of technique and listens well to apply that knowledge to asses personal needs and goals. Her teaching is a really nice combination of warmth, artistry and science. I'm really looking forward to my next lesson with her!Show More
So nice and the class was fun!!! Learned a lot at my first lesson.
In just a few short months I can't believe how much I've learned from Jessica. My technique has improved; my tone in the upper part of my range has improved; how to keep my tongue from getting in the way / impeding the sound; so many aspects of singing. When I started my lessons I was particularly concerned that I might be doing something that was tiring my voice and causing it to lose volume. Jessica's knowledge of and ability to demonstrate proper singing technique helped me through that concern and I know I am a "healthier" singer now. Knowledge and ability aside, her approach is also very patient and very encouraging. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in improving their technique, tone, range, artistic ability, etc.Show More
My 11-year old granddaughter and I are extremely happy that we found Jessica and that she is my granddaughter's singing teacher.
Jessica is the the best instructor. I highly recommenced her to anyone looking for an instructor. She is very kind, patient and dedicated. You can rest assure to see results sooner than you could imagine.
Jessica, Is an excellent voice teacher. She is kind, patient, knows music theory, and of course has a great singing voice as well. She has structured our lessons to cover the basics while also providing enough challenge to keep pushing me out of my comfort zone. I highly recommend Jessica as voice teacher!Show More
A superb teacher
My experience with Ms. Tivens was incredible. She really knows her vocal science and has such a foundation in vocal pedagogy. Also, it's fun to work with her, not just a science class. She helped my range expand and made me feel more comfortable with high notes. Due to her extensive performance background, she has incredibly useful notes when it comes to how to sing in front of people. Just take one lesson with her and I promise you will comeback.
Jessica is wonderful!
I have been so impressed with Jess! She's warm and personable. She quickly identified what needed work within my voice and provides clear instruction on how to improve. She also recognize the strengths I had and reinforced them. Jess responds to emails promptly, and is really just the best! Oh, yes and my voice has gotten so much stronger in the little over a month I've been working with her! She explains everything well and when I don't understand she'll explain it in another way. She's in-tune with where each note should originate and how it should feel in the body. Lessons have been a fantastic experience. Highly recommended!