Joanna Wallfisch

Joanna W.

South Pasadena, CA
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I have been playing the ukulele since 2012. I am now endorsed by Kala ukulele, and write and play the majority of my own songs on the instrument.
It is a fantastic way to get into music and songwriting. I would love to help you find your ukulele fingers!
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Joanna teaches



Joanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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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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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.


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Live in New York. My original song and arrangement "Summer Solstice"
Official music video for my 2016 album release "Gardens In My Mind"
This is my original song "This Is How You Make Me Feel"
Live looping
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3 Reviews

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Annie Nov 2, 2018
Ukulele · In home

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.

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Julian S. Sep 12, 2018
Ukulele · Online

Joanna is a wonderful teacher. Warm, patient, and detail-oriented. Incredibly talented musician to boot. I highly recommend!

Ian Oct 29, 2017
Watercolor Painting · In studio

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.

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