I've been a professional songwriter & singer for 15+ years with original music placements in over 100 television shows and films internationally, as well as an ASCAPlus Songwriter Award recipient. I write in every genre, wear multiple musical hats & I am happy to help you write great songs! We can work on lyrics, arrangements, style, performance, harmonies, etc & take your ideas to the next level. I can also give you production tips with my pro studio experience in Logic, choosing demo singers (should you need one), budgeting to make a great demo & advice on the music business (from the songwriter, publisher & singer perspectives).
I enjoy encouraging & helping anyone that wants to write songs (from beginners to advanced) because it is a wonderful way to express ourselves. I understand how rewarding it is to bring your unique life experiences into a solid song form & share it with your family & friends (& the world, if you want to go big)! The best songs come from personal experiences & everyone's got an intersting, personal story to tell.
I decided to hire Jess to write a theme song for my mindful media project after hearing her song in a Pokemon movie. I gave her my input on the project theme and she asked enough questions to get her the answers she needed. She balanced the creative with structure perfectly making the finished song seem like it happened effortlessly. In reality, it was like 2 different kinds of minds communicating together to co-create the music we needed (and love.) She came in before the deadline and on budget. She is a pro. Thank you, Jess!
I decided to hire Jess to write a theme song for my mindful media project after hearing her song in a Pokemon movie. I gave her my input on the project theme and she asked enough questions to get her the answers she needed. She balanced the creative with structure perfectly making the finished song seem like it happened effortlessly. Reality was, it was like 2 different kinds of minds communicating together to co-create the music we needed and love. Before the deadline and on budget. She is a pro. Thank you, Jess!
Jess is amazing. She came into my drama class and trained 8 students, 7 of which were first timers, to solo in front of audiences of over 300 in three 45 minute sessions. She builds trust and makes her students feel safe to take the risks that are required for performance. For one number she employed unorthodox measures to free students voices, she had two soloists spin as they sang. It worked. After the show one of the students came up to me and said "this was the most challenging thing I have ever done. I want to remember it." When students wrote reviews of of the made their preparation most memorable several mentioned working with Jess. I know it was for me too.
To best utilize our time, a new student should have a rough draft of a song(s) that we can listen to during the first lesson. If they have multiple songs that they would like to work on together that's great, too. We will assess the composition(s), talk about songwriting strategy & create a list of goals to complete the work.
$50 per 40 minute lesson.
$75 per 60 minute session.
$25 for written song evaluations (1 song).
I can be flexible & work with your schedule.
In 2013, I was asked to mentor music students from Denmark's Oure Performing Arts School during their annual visit to NYC. We helped the students improve their original songs before they went in to the studio to record (while in NYC). It was such a rewarding experience that I continued to mentor them for the next 4 years each time they visited the USA. I also coach students in the NYC Public Schools (for special performances), non profit at risk youth organizations, as well as private classes for songwriters & performers of all ages.
Recently, I coached drama students at Aviation High School in stage & live vocal performance for 2 new musicals. We worked on musicality, delivery, stage presence, vocal range & harmonies. We freed the fears that can (sometimes) come with putting yourself out there as a musician & performer. I was so proud of them & what they accomplished in such a short period of time!
My advice would be to find a mentor who sees the best in you, gives you honest feedback & understands the real world of music (& what you can do with your music once it's completed).