NJ Music

NJ Music

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Offers online services
Offers online services

About

My name is Jesse Kessler, I’m the owner of NJ Music and I’ve been providing musical services to music community since 1991. I’m a second generation classically trained musician with over 10,000 hours of experience on voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings, brass and music theory and I have over 30 years of full time teaching and performance experience. I’ve had many musical jobs in addition to performing over 1000 professional gigs over the last 30 years – I’ve taught for several music schools, one of which was a very large multi-state school where I was recognized as being one of the top few teachers out of their faculty of over 100. I’ve also managed a music school, owned a recording studio, managed a music store, worked as an instrument repair tech, served as a head sound tech for concerts and plays, I even have experience as a broadcast DJ.

Over the years I have developed my own specialized curriculum that focuses on physical, mental and applied skill sets as the core of my teaching approach as this is the most effective way to achieve the wide range of skills required for musical success. I've also developed a unique curriculum designed specifically for kids that yields great results with less practice required than conventional curricula. As the parent of a growing musician myself, I know the value of this aspect!

I focus on important academic skills such as reading music notation, knowledge of musical vocabulary, development and application of proper practice skills and more. I also specialize in performance, audition and exam preparation (i.e. ABRSM and Trinity) which covers everything from preparation basics, to exam and audition simulations which helps to provide the absolute best preparation experience possible.

I can start from the beginning and I’ll explain every aspect in detail as well as provide easy-to-follow diagrams to use for practice and I always provide a written practice sheet after each lesson that recaps what we covered so you'll know exactly what and how (even how much) to practice!

My greatest enjoyment comes from helping others attain there musical goals by gaining a combination of physical, mental and applied skills that helps assure success for musicians on any instrument or voice, regardless of age, level or style/genre. My love of helping others is also the main reason why I have taught over 10,000 private lessons over the last 30 years and I continue to enjoy it more with each passing day!


Highlights

Hired 9 times
33 years in business
Serves New Brunswick , NJ
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo, Paypal, Zelle

Social media


Specialties

Do you own a violin?

Student who has an instrument, Student who is planning to purchase an instrument and would like advice

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Instrument interested in

Violin, Viola, Cello, Fiddle, I can recommend an instrument

Photos and videos

  • Over 10,000 Lessons
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Electric Bass
  • Electric Bass

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    Owen M.

    I took guitar lessons with Jesse Kessler and they were great! Jesse is extremely knowledgable in all things music. He can answer any questions you may have about physical technique, theory, equipment, recording, teaching, etc. I had played guitar for about 2 years prior to taking lessons with Jesse and with his unique teaching style and helpful tips, my playing quickly began to improve significantly. He is an extremely friendly and patient teacher as well, and will do everything he can to make sure you are getting the most out of his lessons. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, I would highly recommend lessons with Jesse.
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    March 15, 2021

    Frequently asked questions

    Step 1: I provide a complete assessment of students prior knowledge and skills.

    Step 2: I offer a customized curriculum based on each student's individual goals and needs.

    Step 3: I provide a fun and easy to understand approach which provides all necessary information as well as the practical application of the information in the curriculum to real musical situations.

    I have employed this structured, highly efficient approach for decades and it yields great results for all ages and experience levels.

    Private, one on one instruction plays a huge roll in complete and proper musical development.

    I’m a college educated, second generation classically trained

    musician with over 10,000 hours of experience on voice, guitar,

    piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings, brass and music theory and

    I have over 30 years of full time teaching and performance

    experience. In addition to performing over 1000 professional gigs

    over the last 30 years, I’ve taught over 10,000 private lessons both

    independently and for several music schools, one of which was a

    very large multi-state school where I was recognized as being one

    of the top few teachers out of their faculty of over 100. 

    Discounts available for lesson packages.
    I began teaching when I was in college as a music major to help pay for my tuition and found I loved doing it so I never stopped!
    I've worked with students of every age, level and style, both instrumental and vocal. I've also worked with students with both physical and cognitive challenges.
    Always ask any prospective teacher these important questions before hiring them:

    1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING? I've been teaching full-time since 1991.

    2.HOW MANY LESSONS HAVE YOU TAUGHT? I've personally taught over 10,000 lessons.

    3. DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN CURRICULUM? Yes. I'll start with my specialized, proprietary curriculums that I’ve developed for kids and adults over the last 30 years and further customize them to meet each student's individual needs to ensure a unique and totally personalized experience.

    4. CAN YOU HELP PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS AND PERFORMANCES? Yes. I specialize in audition and performance preparation. I have done many auditions and I have more than 1000 professional performances as an instrumentalist and vocalist under my belt covering every popular style/genre so I know what it takes to prepare for and execute your best performance!

    5. CAN YOU HELP PREPARE FOR MUSIC EXAMS? Yes. I have years of experience preparing students for ABRSM, Trinity and other exams/formats.

    6. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I'm a second generation, college educated, classically trained musician. I've studied publicly and privately with many classical and jazz musicians, vocalists and theoreticians.

    7. DO YOU USE SUBSTITUTE INSTRUCTORS? No. I'll always be your instructor as I never use substitutes or "hire out" to other teachers to ensure a consistent, top quality learning experience.

    8. DO YOU HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENSCE? Yes. I have published almost 300 videos on YouTube and I'm on most social media platforms. I have a website at www.TRUsician.com where you can see all of my YouTube instructional and performance videos as well as free practice and learning materials and more!
    1. What is your age/grade level?

    2. Do you have prior experience? If so how many years of experience do you have?

    3. If you have prior experience, what books or curriculum did your prior instructors use?

    4. Are you interested in preparing for music exams, auditions, and/or performances?

    5. Are there any pieces/songs/music you are currently working on or would like to learn?

    6. Do you currently play in any bands/ensembles?

    7. Are you hoping to join a band or ensemble?

    8. Consider making a short list of the learning/musical goals you'd like to achieve.

    Services offered

    Guitar
    Piano
    Singing
    Drum
    Bass Guitar
    Music Theory
    Djembe
    Beatbox
    Xylophone
    Marimba
    Kazoo