Joanna Wallfisch

Joanna W.

South Pasadena, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a professional singer with a masters degree in jazz vocals from the Guildhall School of Music, London. I have a decade of experience as a performer, and have toured gloabally and worked with jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis.

I love to teach and help my students reach their very best potential. I keep lessons fun, focussed and dynamic. Each student gets lessons taylored specifically towards the student's needs.

I work with both kids and adults, starting from beginner to advanced. I also often work with actors and dancers and even acrobats who are required to sing in an audition / show.

During a lesson I will cover:

- vocal technique: breath control, support, range, health, dynamic, exercises etc.
- song presentation (great if preparing for an audition)
- stage presence
- microphone technique
- song arrangement ideas
- lyric writing
- style: jazz, classical, pop, broadway
- ear training
- harmonizing
- singing while playing an instrument

I can't wait to work with you!

About Joanna W.


London born, LA / NYC based vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Joanna has emerged as a unique voice in the singer-songwriter world. With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep”. She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance as "sublime and unique".

Since 2011 Joanna has released three critically acclaimed albums, her fourth, "Blood and Bone" to be released later in 2017. “Gardens In My Mind”, (Sunnyside, 2016), features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s “crystalline delivery” (Downbeat) and lush string quartet writing. Downbeat gave this album four stars, calling it "an exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”.

In addition to her work as a performer, she has worked on multiple film soundtracks—her song “Satellite” is featured in the movie Pressure, starring Danny Huston, while other credits include All the Beautiful Things (Sundance), Desert Dancer, Dear Wendy and Summer in February. She is also the featured voice of the national ad campaign for Hillshire Farms

Alongside her original material, Joanna commissioned to arrange a full length concert and lecture "Beyond Joni", focussing on the works of female songwriters of the 1960’s, including Joni Mitchell, Judy Sill and Joan Baez, to name a few. This is an ongoing project to be performed around the world.

Joanna has had the opportunity to work with such music luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz Quartet. She has toured her own projects internationally, including Europe, Australia, Japan and throughout the US. She is also a regular collaborator within the dance, circus and theatre worlds.

Joanna is a passionate educator, especially in the field of early music education. She teaches with Grammy Nominated clarinetist Oran Etkin, teaching for his children's music education program Timablooloo. In February of 2016 she ventured to Mumbai to direct a choir of 200 children with the UK charity Songbound, bringing music to impoverished children in India.


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I had an amazing experience taking vocal lessons with Jo. I came in to our lessons having a lot of experience with playing the guitar, and I could tell right away that Jo had a knack for teaching based on the experience and abilities of her students. She taught me vocal warmups that I use regularly now, helped me work through some of my favorite songs from multiple genres, and helped give me confidence to pursue singing more. I can't wait to take lessons with her again in the future, and would highly recommend her as an instructor!

Posted Jan 30, 2019
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Joanna is a talented and highly knowledgeable instructor, who clearly has a wide range of musical training. You can expect a well rounded lesson addressing musicality, technique, and posture. Her demeanor is excellent for working with both children and adults.

Posted Nov 2, 2018
Julian S.
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Joanna is a wonderful teacher. Warm, patient, and detail-oriented. Incredibly talented musician to boot. I highly recommend!

Posted Sep 12, 2018
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As an adult whose only prior painting classes were in High School many years ago, Jo was able to quickly pass on some basic technical skills in watercolouring that will allow me to practice effectively prior to our next class. She has a very confident and calm teaching style making the session very enjoyable. I certainly would recommend her to others looking to get back into painting or further their skills.

Posted Oct 29, 2017

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Vocal Coach
Apr 2017 - Present

Private company

teacher for LA based childhood education program

lead teacher
Aug 2013 - Present

Private School

Lead teacher for unique early childhood education program

private vocal coach
Jan 2010 - Present


private vocal coach


Masters Degree Jazz Vocals
Sep 2010 - Jul 2012

Guildhall School of Music, London

Bachelor in Fine Art, Painting and Illustration
Aug 2004 - Jun 2009

Central Saint Martins, London / Chelsea College of Art, London / Ecole des beauz Arts, Paris.



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