Genres/Styles that I teach: Musical theatre, Classical, Pop, Jazz
Exam I can prepare you for: LCM Musical Theatre & Pop, ABRSM, Trinity, LAMDA
Performances, auditions, exams, confidence building or even just musical therapy and switching off, whatever it is that brings you to your singing lesson I can tailor each lesson to the individual.
My teaching method is kinesthetic learning, alot of the technique I teach is learnt through physicalisation. Covering breath control, support and tone, clear text and presentation. This also blends in with the performance of a song and delving into a character.
I am a well rounded teacher who is flexible to each students needs and goals.
I did my Bachelor of Music Honours degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate and had classical training there, now I am at Mountview on the Musical Theatre Masters course in South East London.
I have 7 years teaching experience, teaching students from beginner to intermediate in a variety of genres including Musical Theatre, Pop, Classical and Jazz. Singing exam syllabuses taught include ABRSM, LCM and TRINITY. I have entered over 300 students for exams and results have averaged at a distinction.
I focus firstly on confidence building and then performance and vocal technique follow.
I have taught one to one in schools, been musical director for shows and choirs, ran drama workshops at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Summer School for Classical Singers, taught as a vocal teacher at Long Lake Camp for the Performing Arts in New York and much more.
I have my Grade 8 ABRSM Piano and good aural skills and historical knowledge around musical theatre and classical music.
I have trained on the National Youth Theatre Epic Stages Course and Vox Integra UK and Europe. I have also performed both nationally and internationally.
2019/2020 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (See below)
2019 Gareth Ellis – Vocal Coaching
2016 – Present Sarah Methuen – Acting Coaching
2018 Arlene Rolph – Vocal Coaching
2015 – 2018 Morag McLaren – Performance Coaching
2014 – 2018 Theresa Goble – Vocal Coaching
2009 – 2015 Anne Dawson – Vocal Coaching, Private and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2004 – 2011 Lesley Cook – Piano Lessons, achieving Grade 8
Pre 2009 Leon James – Singing Lessons, achieving Grade 8 ABRSM
2019/2020 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Musical Theatre Masters Degree
Starting in September 2019 (12 month course)
2018 Sarah Methuen 6 week Acting Course
2017 National Youth Theatre Epic Stages Month Course with Ned Bennett and Josh Azouz
2017 National Youth Theatre Musical Theatre 6 Day Course
2011 – 2015 Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Bachelor of Music Honours Degree in Vocal and Operatic Studies
2012 & 2014 Ardingly International Music School Week Course
2012 – 2017 Vox Integra Courses, including ‘Preparing A Role’, ‘Italian Aria’, ‘Singing Sondheim’ and ‘Audition Preparation'
2019 Janet A Clockwinder’s Tale (Pilot) Voices Across Time, St Mary’s Church Adderbury
2018 Louise Cabernet Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2018 Louise Cabernet Bear Pit Theatre & Leamington Preview
2017 Soloist Bretforton Proms
2017 Fantine Les Miserables Gala Venice, Italy
Thernardier Les Miserables Gala Venice, Italy
2017 Baker’s Wife Into The Woods Stratford Musical Theatre Company, Stratford Artshouse
Elizabeth I Medieval Banquet Tower Hill, London
2016 Phoebe Toad of Toad Hall Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon
2016 Soloist Vivaldi ‘Gloria’, Bach
Cantata 106 and Pergolesi’s ‘Magnificat’ Barnt Green Choral Society
2015 Ugly Step Sister 10 week Cinderella Tour Stage and Production House
2015 Daphne Acteon, Charpentier Birmingham Conservatoire, Summer Opera
2015 Nora, Angelica, Mrs Ford, Mary, Branch Bearer
Riders to the Sea, The Poisoned Kiss, Sir John in Love, Hugh the Drover, The Pilgrims Progress Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams Opera Scenes, Final Project, Birmingham Conservtoire
2015 Madre San Giovanni Batista, Stradella
2015 Fran Ava’s Wedding, Wolters World Premiere, Birmingham Conservatoire
2014 Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
2014 Peep Bo The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan
2014 Osa A Little Night Music, Sondheim
2014 Mother Gerald Dialogue des Carmelites, Poulenc, Birmingham Conservatoire Opera Scenes
Ardingly International Music School
2013 Sister Osmina Suor Angelica, Puccini Birmingham Conservatoire
2012 Errand Girl Louise, Charpentier Ardingly International Music School
2011 Chiffon Little Shop of Horrors, Menken
Chipping Campden School
2019 – Musical Director: Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat, Stratford Playhouse
2018 – Wrote One-woman show ‘Cabernet’ and took it to Edinburgh Fringe Festival (6 shows) (concealed information)
2017 to Present – Musical Director: Stratford Musical Theatre Company Choir
2015 – Directed and produced ‘Vaughan Williams Opera Scenes’ at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Grade 8 Piano ABRSM Grade 8 Singing ABRSM
Singing Teaching Includes:
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Summer School for Classical Singers 2019
John Masefield High School 2015-2019
Kitebrook House 2016-2019
Tudor Hall School 2016 & 2018
Long Lake Camp for the Performing Arts New York 2013
Stourbridge Stagecoach 2013-2015
Private Lessons from home, singing and piano, ages 5-75, 2011-2019
Experienced in preparing students for the following exam boards (averaging with distinctions, over 200 entries)
LCM Musical Theatre Grade 1 – Diploma
LCM Pop Vocals and Recitals Grade 1 – 8
Trinity Classical Grade 1 – 8
ABRSM Grade 1 – 8
Workshop Leader – Confidence building, Singing, Acting, Choir
Stage Manager – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Opera Scenes 2015
Social Media Marketer, Administrator and Course Co-Ordinator for Vox Integra Courses UK & Europe
Dance Experience in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz and contemporary
Jess is an excellent singing teacher. Having lessons with her for the past 4 years has greatly improved my vocal technique and strength, as well as building my confidence as a performer and a young adult. Jessica’s kindness, thoughtful advice, and passion have been invaluable. I cannot recommend her enough!
Jessica is a truly inspirational and enthusiastic tutor! My daughter was ready to quit singing lessons as previous tutor very dull! Luckily for us and our daughter she was fortunate enough to find Jess.
Jessica is an exceptional tutor who has harnessed our daughter's singing ability which has resulted in fantastic exam results. Jessica is patient whilst still pushing our daughter to achieve her next set of targets. Practice areas for the next lessons are clear. Structured lessons. I would definitely recommend Jessica!
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