- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching now for ten years and thrive on working with my clients to remove the fear or confusion surrounding a subject and finding the joy and confidence to tackle it head on.
I currently work at various drama schools around London: Mountview, ALRA, Identity and Millenium. I teach a variety of subjects here from Political Speeches to Accent and Dialect to Sight Reading and Practical Voice. When I am not working at these schools, I do warm ups for the cast of Matilda in the West End, I teach Voice for Business classes at City Academy and do 1-2-1 classes with my private clients.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a highly enthusiastic and diligent tutor, a fully qualified Voice Coach specialising in Public Speaking, Accent Adjustment, Articulation, Vocal Health and Voice for Theatre and Film. Here to help for confidence, clarity & communication skills.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Practical Voice/Vocal Health
Public Speaking, Communication & Presentation Skills
Accent & Dialect/Accent Reduction
Voice for TV and Theatre
- Tell me about your qualifications.
MA Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2016)
2.1 English and Drama Bachelor of the Arts (2009)
- How much do you charge?
£50 per hour
- Where do you teach?
I teach online or at home (in Croydon).
- When are you available?
Evenings: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
Weekends: Sat and Sun
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
16 - adult
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Can do a 15 minute free get-to-know you before any arrangements are made.
Payment details decided on confirmation of lessons.
• MA Voice Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
• BA English and Drama at University of Birmingham
• Up to date DBS
• Equity and VASTA Member
PRIVATE CLIENTS | JAN 16 - PRESENT
· Teaching a variety of professionals on a one-to-one basis.
· Accent softening, presentation skills, vocal confidence, elocution/diction work, breath support.
ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA | OCT 19 - PRESENT
· Teaching Neutral Standard English and Phonetics to 1st Year Musical Theatre students.
MILLBANK FOREIGN EXCHANGE SERVICES LTD | APR 19 - PRESENT
· Working on pitching scripts, accent softening and warm up techniques in this financial company.
ALRA | SEP 17 – MAR 20
· Working with the Foundation and Post-Graduate Acting courses.
· Understanding their process, introducing Linklater skills.
MOUNTVIEW | SEP 17 - MAR 20
· Working with the BA and Post-Graduate Acting, Musical Theatre and Acting-Musicianship Courses teaching Practical Voice, Articulation, Political Speeches, Sight Reading, Phonetics and RP.
· Voice support on 3rd year and PG shows.
· Sitting on BA MT audition panel with the Head of Acting.
MILLENIUM PERFORMING ARTS | SEP 16 - MAR 20
· Teaching and Designing a 3-year practical voice and accent course.
· Head of 2nd year, one-to-one tutorials with each year group (aged 18-22) confidence building and monologue work.
CITY ACADEMY | OCT 16 - MAR 20
· Teaching 4-6 Week Evening Voice for Business and Communication Skills open courses. Teaching Public Speaking and Gravitas day courses.
IDENTITY SCHOOL OF ACTING | JAN 18 – JUL 2018
· Teaching on the part-time acting courses, working on practical voice, articulation and accents.
THE ADVOCACY ACADEMY | SEP 17
· Coaching public speaking for young activists from South London for their lobbying speeches in Parliament.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL | JUL 17 – AUG 17
· Warming up the adult and child casts prior to the shows.
CENTRE PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE | SEP 16 – JUN 17
· Teaching and Designing a 3-year practical voice and accent course.
· One-to-one audition technique coaching with all students in the school.
Perfect! Jessica has been a great teacher and after a few classes I have noticed improvements not only in my accent but also in my confidence. All classes are tailored to my specific needs and the learning process is very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Jessica to others.
Mat is a dedicated student who has been looking to bring his accent closer to a Neutral English sound. He is engaged and enthusiastic about the work and there hasn’t been some good improvement in the short time we have been working together
Perfect! Jessica is a great tutor. She is very knowledgeable and enjoys to teach people. Every class is fun and I learn a lot!
David is a great student. He works hard in classes and outside of classes, is never late to our Skype sessions and has improved his ability to communicate and soften his accent over the last few months.
Perfect! Jessica is a first class top of the range accomplished teacher. She is results focused and tailors her teaching sessions to the specific needs of the student. She achieved wonderful results in a short time helping my Thai wife soften her Thai English pronunciation thus making her better understood in a social conversation locally. The secret of her success, my guess, is her starting point of making the student feel relaxed and most at ease before and during each session. She deserves and has my unreserved highest recommendation. Michael
Michael and Sandra are a lovely couple. Sandra has been coming to me for private lessons to soften her Thai accent. She is doing well and Michael has been helping her practice during the weeks.
Perfect! I really enjoy my online lessons with Jessica, full of energy and smile
Jessica have been great at tailoring the lessons to my need and it has helped me with my personal goals and life
Siti is a great student, working hard at trying to reduce her accent and find some more vocal expression. She is bubbly and bright and reliable.
Perfect! Jessica is an exceptional tutor. I've reached out to Jessica for her voice reduction classes. She started with the initial assessment and then presented me with a clear improvement plan. Her knowledge of the subject and the fact that she makes her classes engaging and fun helped me to improve quickly. Definitely recommended her!
Damian is an excellent student. We have been working together on accent reduction and vocal confidence for a few months now and he is improving every week.
Jessica is an enormously accomplished dialect and voice coach who has helped me with a great deal of specialist accent work. I have found her delightful, and professional, and so full of joy for her subject matter that the lessons fly by. With Jessica's help, I have secured a number of callbacks specifically that I know I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. I can't recommend Jessica enough!
Jess is an exceptional communicator and invaluable presentation tutor. We've done a number of pre-important-presentation-sessions and they have been absolutely invaluable. Jess doesn't just tell you what a good presentation should be, she's able to deeply empathise with youraudience, identify faux pas, help shape structure for understanding and teach delivery for impact. I would highly recommend Jess to any one who is about to do an important presentation and I look forward to working with her i
Jessica Tobert is not only completely inspirational, she makes you feel completely safe to explore and push oneself through the rather intimate journey of vocal self discovery. This links seamlessly into text work.
Jessica has helped me greatly in preparation with audition speeches, and I came away with vocal exercises and warm ups, that aide me with my day to day life as a jobbing actress. I highly recommend her as one of the most down to earth vocal coaches I've had the pleasure to work with.
Jessica is an incredible voice teacher who really listens to you and adjusts the exercises accordingly. She has taught me things I never learnt in drama school and I got really quick results as well as feeling great about my voice instrument again. Would thoroughly, thoroughly recommend!
I wish to thank Jessica for her wonderful services. Her input in our students vocal / character development was invaluable. All of the students who worked with her were motivated and inspired to practice the professional approaches that she equipped them with and owing to this, and her compassionately supportive approach, they kept coming back for more. Her knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm was faultless and she has a profound impact on those she works with.
Jessica is a fantastic tutor, not only does Jessica help give you ideas she also give you a lot of confidence when you take the exam.
Jessica has been helping me in English for a few lessons now, and she has made my confidence and writing to rise so much more in English, making me learn new techniques to improve my writing and language skills, helping me with plannings for controlled assessments and helping me to practice how to build good and effective paragraphs when it comes to the written exam. I personally, highly recommend her to anybody who struggles in English and I personally also think she's an awesome tutor.
Jessica has been tutoring my daughter for her GCSE drama studies, she has proven herself to be a highly capable tutor who goes out of her way to provide my daughter with excellent resources and the skills to answer even the most difficult questions, she is caring and intelligent with a lovely disposition, my daughter looks forward to her lessons now and can understand what is required of her, which is mainly due to Jessica's tutoring and obvious love of the topic.
I was more than fortunate to come across Jessica's profile back in April 2012. From the moment I sent her my initial email, there was both an element of professionalism and caring. The amount of effort and detail she put into my 12 lesson's between April and late May was second to none. During lesson's I found that she had a very cool and relaxed attitude. After my lesson's with Jessica I got 78% and my grade jumped from a D to a B and I was accepted to the university of Southampton.
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