Jessica Bailey
Ballwin, MO
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Jessica Bailey

Jessica B.

Ballwin, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to learn diverse repertoire, improve your rhythm, or finesse your technique? Take lessons that are engaging and fun, as well as focus on varied types of repertoire and styles, reading proficiency, musicality, technique and music theory so you are happy and confident with your playing!
I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for 12 years. I pride myself in making lessons tailored to your wants and needs so you meet your goals as fast as possible! My experience includes teaching private and group lessons at my private studio, students' homes, as well as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. Advanced students have been awarded spots in All-State competitions, summer festivals and talent scholarships for college as well as admission at highly competitive Conservatories. I can't wait to work with you!

About Jessica B.

**Currently not accepting new students until February, 2022. I will be on maternity leave from 12/20/2021-02/01/2022. Thank you!**

Music has been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit! I am classically trained professional violinist/violist with over 12 years of teaching (2 years specifically online!) and professional classical playing experience, currently based in Saint Louis, Missouri. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Music Studies, am completing my Master of Music degree in Music Eduction from Boston University. I am a registered Suzuki teacher for books 1-5, with affiliations in ASTA and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I am also a certified TEFL teacher through the University of Toronto.

I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond. My experience includes teaching private and group lessons at my private studio, students' homes, as well as at various private schools, music schools, summer camps and festivals. Advanced students have been awarded spots in All-State competitions, summer festivals and received Talent Scholarships for college as well as admission at highly competitive Conservatories.

While I am a registered Suzuki violin teacher, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Not all students are the same, and therefore not one method will work for every student! I have attended many teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with ADD and FAS.

I am extremely comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games, rewards and an incentive system make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!

**Preparing for your online music lesson:
1) Try to have your violin/viola tuned if you know how and books, music stand, pencil, note pad ready in advance to save time.
2) Parents should be sitting next to young students to help with technique adjustments, make notes in music, write down assignments, etc.
3) Make sure to position yourself or the student front and center in front of the tablet/phone/laptop so I have a clear view of the instrument, left hand fingerings, bow hold, etc.

**New Music Studio students (Please message about guidelines for in-person lessons with COVID):**
-If you are coming to my home for lessons, please be sure to bring your instrument, shoulder rest and any books you may already have.
-You may park on the cul-de-sac next to the house and walk down.
I have a trial 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 size violin to use for the first lesson if your child is a beginner.
-After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.
-Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.

*** Cancellation/Reschedule Requests ***
1) At least 24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your, or your child's lesson. You will be given the option to take a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons on your calendar, or the option to reschedule for a different day within a week of the canceled lesson.

2) If you do not show up to your lesson no notice was given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

3) If I need to reschedule or cancel a lesson for whatever reason, you will be given an option for a makeup lesson or given a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons.

4) All lessons are billed ahead of schedule and must be paid in advance in order to keep your lesson slot.

-Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
-Special Needs
-Music Theory Tutor
-English Tutoring
-Genres: Classical, fiddle,pop,rock.
Experience teaching violin, viola and English to ages 4-Adults.


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58 Reviews
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Jessica is a great teacher. She is very patient and I like how she has fun and creative ways to teach violin to kids. She provides great feedback.

Posted Aug 11, 2021
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Very patient but also makes appropriate corrections. Great feedback on playing. Knows exactly what needs to be improved on just by listening.

Posted Jul 19, 2021
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Very patient and provides great feedback. Gave practice homework right away which was great! Can tell if tone and notes are being played correctly or not just by listening.

Posted Jul 19, 2021
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Jessica is great! Very patient, kind and talented.

Posted Feb 28, 2021
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Jessica is a wonderful teacher. Even though I'm a total beginner and as an adult student, she was so patient and encouraging. I'm looking forward to have more lessons with her in the near future.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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Jessica was helpful, patient, and knowledgeable. She was ready to differentiate instruction based on my needs and gave helpful suggestions. I am excited to continue to grow in my musical abilities with Jessica as my instructor!

Posted Sep 11, 2020
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Jessica has helped my son increase his skills tenfold over the past 2 years. I can’t believe how fast he is moving through his repertoire and how much his technique has improved. He has also done exceedingly well in his auditions. Thank you for all your knowledge and patience!

Posted Apr 13, 2020
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My 8 year old is just getting started with lessons with Jessica, but she liked her right away. She's very patient and encouraging, no matter what sounds come from the instrument! She seems very experienced and happy to share her talent with others. (my daughter always says about Jessica's playing "her's sounds so pretty!")

Posted Mar 24, 2020
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Jessica is an amazing instructor! My daughter started with her last year (she was five and just turned 6) and the progress she has made is amazing! Jessica is so patient, kind, and knowledgeable. We feel so lucky to have her as our daughter’s teacher!

Posted Mar 21, 2020
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My son loves learning from Mrs. Bailey because she is nice, patient, and knows a lot how to teach children.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
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I am older with no instrument experience. Jessica was patient and provided great insight with this first lesson.

Posted Dec 2, 2019
Anu V.
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Ms Jessica is really great. My daughter is 7 year old and started learning with her since last year. I am really impressed with her progress. We are very much satisfied with this class.

Posted Sep 29, 2019
David Bates
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Very patient with a new learner.. :) Small technical hiccups, but was a great lesson overall

Posted Sep 16, 2019
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Jessica was my daughter’s violin teacher before she moved. We looked for a year to find a new teacher but weren’t satisfied. We were delighted to find Jessica on takelessons. She picked up right we’re she left off and it was wonderful.

Posted May 23, 2019
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Great first lesson!

Posted Feb 27, 2019
Ken ..
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Jessica has been a great instructor for this adult novice student. Jessica keeps the instructions interesting and challenging and adapts to the pace and preferences of the student while building foundations for this beginner. She is patient and made great adjustments on the fly. She understands limitations and assigned exercises that matched my gaps and progress to meet me where I am in the learning process.

Posted Feb 23, 2019
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She was very knowledgeable, patient, and pleasant to work with.

Posted Feb 14, 2019
Sarah G.
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Jessica is an awesome instructor! She made me feel comfortable and completely at ease.
I’ve never even attempted to play before our lesson, and by the end we were practicing playing each string. I’m very excited about our future lessons!

Posted Nov 26, 2018
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Jessica was both knowledgeable with the instrument and patient with our exuberant daughter, who was very excited to start learning. Our daughter is looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Oct 15, 2018
Leah F.
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Jessica seemed very knowledgeable and knew how to teach my 7 year old that is just beginning lessons. Great first experience and impression.

Posted Jul 17, 2018
Dongnan (.
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Jessica is nice and patient instructor.

Posted Jan 27, 2018
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My daughter has been studying with Jessica for over a year now and it has been a great experience. From day one Jessica has worked on strengthening fundamentals and tailoring her instruction to my daughters specific needs; and most importantly, in a positive and thoughtful way.

Posted Jan 22, 2018
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We started our 4 year old with Jessica. Our daughter really loves it. Jessica is excellent with her and makes playing the violin very accessible to her.

Posted Jan 19, 2018
Karen K.
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Is a very talented instructor of music. Her skills are displayed during lessons you see patience and understanding, motivation being given to the student during lessons. It is obvious she enjoys her job and loves what she is doing. My daughter has enjoys her music lessons for 5 years.

Posted Jan 4, 2018
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She was very friendly. Made my daughter feel comfortable. She is excited about her lessons and looking forward to the next.

Posted Jul 6, 2017
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Jessica was great. My daughter was so happy that she learned so much just on the first session that she literally cried.

Posted Jan 11, 2017
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Ms. Jessica is just awesome! She understands students, sets high expectations, and gives students what they need to meet those expectations. My 6yr old daughter looks forward to her violin lesson every week and feels inclined to practice during the week. I wholly attribute my daughter's attitude and outlook toward the violin to Ms. Jessica's teaching!

Posted Oct 23, 2016
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As an adult student, Jessica is very patient with me and my slower learning pace. Her methods are very practical and helpful. Definitely recommend!

Posted Sep 27, 2016
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Very kind, patient, knowledgeable instructor. Thanks for your guidance!

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Acacia L.
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My first lesson went very well. I already feel more confident and excited to learn more. Jessica is extremely nice and relaxed. She is great at tailoring the lesson to the students needs.

Posted Mar 7, 2016
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Great first lesson! I feel enthused and ready to practice!

Posted Feb 9, 2016
June Wisnom
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I thought the lesson was perfect. Jessica is a natural with the violin and with people. I'm looking forward to learning more. Thank you!

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Ava D.
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1st lesson went very well.

Posted Oct 26, 2015
Paige M.
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Jessica is a wonderful instructor and made my daughter's first lesson a memorable one. We are very lucky to have found her! My daughter likes her and enjoyed the experience. I hope that everything works out and the lessons continue for a LONG time :)

Posted Oct 21, 2015
Samantha F.
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My sister in law really liked her. Said she is very positive and helpful.

Posted Oct 12, 2015
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Jessica is great! We have been doing private lessons for over a year and she is wonderful. We love her patience and encouragement with our child. She always makes her feel inspired to continue with music.

Posted Sep 5, 2015
Lisa H.
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Jessica was fantastic with my 8 year old son. Very patient and positive!

Posted Jun 24, 2015
Saman N.
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Jessica has been teaching our daughter for the past year and has been an outstanding violin teacher. The lessons are age appropriate and she connects well with our daughter. She has a fun reward system with stickers, which works perfectly for young students.I would recommend her without hesitation. We hope to find someone equally good in our new location.

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Linda F.
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I grew up in a musical house, play multiple instruments, and have had my fair share of music teachers. Jessica is far and away one of the best instructors I have seen. She is always focused, energetic and targeted, delivering the content my 8-year old needs in the format she easily understands and gets excited about. I heartily recommend Jessica for anyone considering a teacher and would not accept any other substitutes. She is top notch.

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Karen K.
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My daughter age 13 has been playing violin in the school's orchestra. I did not see much progress until we signed her up for lesson about 2 years ago. My daughter has been working well with Jessica. She has her good days and bad days about making a commitment to practice. I have seen some progress she is playing 1st violin at school and has actually started practicing the music on her own. She has her good days and bad days about practicing. Jessica has encouraged her a lot she seems to understand my daughters point of view on music and I value Jessica's opinion.

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Heather H.
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Jessica started teaching my son in Feb 2014, just after he turned 5. He told me that he wanted to play an instrument and chose the violin, so we went online and found Jessica here and on the Suzuki website. Her experience and reviews really stood out and I can tell you from our personal experience that every word is true. She is the most patient, kind, fun, engaging, and positive teacher you could ask for for your child. And on top of it all, she is an excellent violinist herself who really understands music and how to explain it.

My son has come a really long way and he is very proud to be able to play the violin! He is not always the easiest to work with, (some days his favorite word is 'no'!) but she really encourages him when he gets frustrated and I know she is a big part of why he has come so far.

One of the things I love about Jessica is her ability to adapt seamlessly to the needs of her students. She is flexible and able to adjust what she does to take advantage of her students' strengths and gradually improve their weaknesses and doesn't just stick to one way of teaching. She is also incredibly accessible if you have questions or need guidance and always stays in touch, even with her busy schedule.

After a few months of my son taking lessons, we even decided to hire her for an extra half hour so that I could get formal instruction too. I am 39 and never seriously played an instrument before (1 year of elementary school clarinet, notwithstanding) yet she can go right from teaching my 5 yr old to working with me without missing a beat. I feel like she brings out the best in her students and I see concrete improvement in my own skills and understanding every week and can't believe how far I have come in only a few months with her.

So bottom line is whether you are 5 or 50 and no matter your experience level, if you are looking for a violin teacher, I highly recommend hiring Jessica immediately

Posted Aug 31, 2014
Hsiao-Hui L.

Great teacher

Jessica had been wonderful teaching my 13 year old daughter. She was always patient and kind.

Posted May 7, 2014
Carol C.

Fantastic, caring and fun teacher!

Jessica has been teaching my 11 year old daughter violin since October. Jessica developed a repoire easily, and really has inspired her. She is a great teacher and also fun. She goes the extra mile, and has been very accessible between lessons when things come up. I highly recommend Jessica!

Posted Jan 28, 2014
Linda T.

Couldn't have asked for more!

We found Jessica through the Suzuki Association Directory. I was looking for a teacher that taught through the Suzuki method and she ended up being a perfect fit for my VERY energetic son. Patient, flexible (lessons in our home), laidback and even willing to drop by on her free time to fix a few broken strings and stray bridges
We could definitely hear my sons progress after each lesson...very pleased and would definitely recommend!!! :-)

Posted Nov 29, 2013
andrea A.

AWESOME teacher

my daughter was a first time learner with the violin and was lucky enough to get Jessica at a local school she was teaching at. My daughter learned sooooooo much and sooooo quickly that we were devasted when we found out that she would be moving back to Baltimore... We loved her so much that we have her on a lesson by lesson basis when she is in town around our area :) She is reliable, affordable and made the lesson a blast for my 6 year old... you will be lucky to get her expertise :)

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Works great w/young kids

My little one of 9 has a bad attention span and Jessica is very patient with him. She uses games and such to keep him interested; he loves the Monkey game! He recently played at the studio recital and did so well. I'm sooo proud of my little one.

p.s. thanks for rescheduling lessons Ms. Jessica :)

Posted Jun 21, 2013
Julia T.

Wonderful teacher!

Ms. Jessica has been teaching my daughter- a beginning violin student- for the past 4 months and couldn't be happier with her progress! She's currently working on Go Tell Aunt Rhody from book 1 of Suzuki and loves her lessons with Ms. Jessica.

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