Hey there! Did you know I teach piano? My approach is a bit different from other teachers, as I believe strongly in being an intuitive adaptable teacher (no “one-size-fits-all” lessons!), but I’ve been teaching kids and adults to play in numerous styles for over 12 years…traditional / method books, classical, pop/rock, along with tons of extras like songwriting mentoring, music theory coaching, transcribing songs off YouTube and video games, and more (seriously…I’m incredibly adaptable, and will work to provide what you need… 🙂
(*long backstory as to why I work this way, at the bottom*)
Lessons currently available in Grand Haven, Michigan and surrounding area. My schedule is often full (25+ students) but I’m always happy to see if I can add someone to my schedule, and if not, please check back as I occasionally have a new opening or two when my students’ schedules change!
(*currently looking for a few more adult students + home-school students, who could take lessons in the daytime or late nights, M-Thur…also, songwriting/pop/music theory students needing a creatively inspiring mentor <3)
Write me at jessicaintherainbow at gmail dot com for more info ❤
NOW teaching via FaceTime too! All you need is a phone that can point at your keyboard – I have developed relative pitch (i.e. perfect pitch since age 19) and can assess your songs / technique long-distance, even with the tiny screen 🙂 This also works great for music theory tutoring!!!
Here’s some things people have said about me…
“Our daughter started taking lessons from Jessica and LOVES IT AND LOVES JESSICA!!!!” – Scott, Grand Haven, MI
“Taking lessons with Jessica for so many years was an incredible experience. I love playing the piano, but to keep me interested in the long run, I am someone who needs my piano lessons to be fun and engaging as well. Jessica was so good at doing just this. In addition, she was able to focus in on my strengths and play to those, while also narrowing down my weaker areas to help me improve there too. She was so flexible with my constantly changing mind on what type of music I was in the mood for that week. She was also so understanding about my time and when I was under pressure with school and other activities. Jessica taught me so much in a wide range of music and technique, and I will forever be grateful that she instilled in me a love for playing the piano that still exists to this day, years later.” – Juliet G, Wilmette, IL
“Lessons with you were the best I ever took. That’s comparing one summer to 9 years! You pushed me out of my comfort zone when it came to singing and choosing more difficult [piano] pieces, something I really needed!” -Sara S, Norton Shores, MI
“Jessica is amazing! My tween daughter was bored with piano and ready to give it up when her first instructor retired. Enter Jessica! She brought an amazing balance of musicality coupled with fun, creativity and energy! Even through my daughter’s very busy high school days, she wanted to continue with piano and Jessica was a huge part of that. I miss the sound of their duets flowing through our house. I cannot recommend her highly enough!” – Meg, Wilmette, IL
“Thank you so much for making piano so much fun for Max and Oscar… I think they will love music their whole life because of your enthusiasm.” – Anna P., Chicago
“Jessica is amazing. She has adapted her teaching styles and methods perfectly to work with my 8 year old daughter with no experience AND my 16 year old son with a few years under his belt. Jessica is professional and knows how to motivate kids and speak their language. We’ve only been working with her since September but I am thoroughly impressed! I can’t recommend her highly enough. Get a spot with her before she fills up!!!” -Lauren, Grand Haven, MI
“I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons from Jessica because she knows how to fake her way through anything. I know, it sounds strange, but she taught me so many ways to play different styles of music in short periods of time. She taught me how to fake my way through a piece of music I don’t necessarily have time to practice for. Jessica also taught me how to play and read chords better than I ever thought I could. She is an awesome contemporary musician, and she helped me become the musician I am today!” – Katie H, Norton Shores, MI
“You have been the perfect teacher for Olivia and you are so conscientious about what works for her…a rare and amazing trait in a piano teacher (or any teacher in general!).” -Dana C, Chicago
“[Our daughter] can be quite difficult and not everyone knows or is good at dealing with her. You have always had that gift!” -(Name confidential for obvious reasons 🙂
“Jessica was a fundamental element of my music development. She was spunky, experienced, and also flexible to work with any kind of student. She wasn’t afraid to take the lessons a step further to incorporate songwriting, sound development, and other techniques beyond basic music.” -Karina B, NYC
“I would have quit piano too early if it hadn’t had been for Jessica. She was – and is – the best piano teacher and I remember every single lesson with happiness. She has a way of drawing out the very best of everything in her students, whether it be natural piano skill or work ethic or laughter. For me, it was all three. I remember the laughs we shared and how Jessica was not only my piano teacher but also a huge role model for me and I’m so grateful for her and her impact on my life.” -Chloe, Wilmette, IL
“We will REALLY miss you. I know Laurel has absolutely loved having you as her piano teacher.” -Julie O, Evanston, IL
“We have thoroughly enjoyed Jessica’s teaching over the past 6 years, and will miss her dearly.” -Rebecca C, Evanston, IL
“Thanks again for everything – you have been such a special and important part of our lives these many years. You really instilled in the girls a love of music and a great enthusiasm for piano, and gave them such a strong foundation on which to grow (which, hopefully, they will)!” -Lauren S, Evanston, IL
“As an instructor, I can tell you that her work with her students goes far beyond just the general teaching level. She knows how to motivate them and how to unlock their abilities by focusing on their interest while correcting foundational concepts and those related to technique. She holds regular recitals for them in which they perform splendidly, and she also helps them with their own creative composition and recording projects. As you can imagine, a teacher with this level of ability and enthusiasm is highly regarded by her families. In fact, Jessica’s teaching schedule is always full and she always has referrals by her families for new students each year. She is incredibly responsible and responsive. She turns in all paperwork in a timely manner, provides make-up lessons as needed and is excellent at record keeping. She is an extremely hard worker and a perfectionist. Jessica has been a wonderful asset to our school …Many students would grow from the opportunity to study with her.” -Christie, Artistic Director for Piano Lessons in Your Home
“My son learned the love of piano from Jessica. She allowed him to follow his own interests, in terms of types of music that he played. Now he is 18 and still plays for pure enjoyment. She always showed up with a smile and he was just as happy to see her.” – Joan, Wilmette, IL
“Thank you so much, regardless of passing or failing, you helped me see and feel differently than I have for my whole life up to now, about this theory stuff. You helped SO MUCH – my knowledge and morale. More valuable than gold, that kind of help.” – Elisabeth, Kalamazoo, MI (regarding music theory tutoring for entrance exams, for Masters in Music Composition program at WMU)
*Explanation on my adaptable / intuitive approach to lessons, or why a one-size-fits-all teacher makes no sense to me:
I had a few teachers like this, and it was awful for me in many ways, but perhaps also I’m great at piano because of it…except (and here’s where my life-philosophy diverges from others) it wasn’t what I really wanted to be great at, so it missed the point of my life a little bit. The success of being a conservatory-trained pianist was like a giant tangent that I had to come back from to find my true self, post-college. Which could have been found by having more flexibility in lessons originally where I could have said “hey I’m a singer-songwriter and I’ve already won statewide songwriting awards in 5th grade and this means the most to me of all, can we work on that???” And then someone could have guided me down this path, alongside regular piano lessons (which I believe I still would have excelled in, even if the classical only took up 50% of my time, instead of 95-99% as it did with my teachers). Or someone who could have guided me to someone else who could have helped with this path, instead of implying that classical piano is more relevant or meaningful somehow, or more respectable, giving me a kind of musical dysphoria most my life, since I grew up in the 80s/90s and the music I loved most was not classical. It took many years and painful journal entries, trying to reconcile my classical training and genuine appreciation/love for it, with my pop/rock/joni-mitchell-esque desire to be a poet-philosopher…and all the horribly confusing things I had to learn in the reconciling, alone and without a mentor.
All of this is why a) I try to BE a mentor for every single child’s inner compass, and b) I try to listen to what they’re telling me about who they are (and what they love, musically and otherwise) and c) I try to infuse all of who they are with my skill set, and hopefully the two have common ground (if not, it usually ends naturally, with interest in another instrument or some other thing…).
I could write a book on this subject, but let’s just say that I’ve learned to be VERY transparent about my strengths as a teacher – so that I make sure you’re not looking for what I had (competitions, conservatory training, high stress, mostly classical) instead of what I am (singer-songwriter with tons of classical/conservatory knowledge and passion for music theory, but with a modern practical-wisdom approach to scales/chords/piano skills, who happens to be fluid and fluent due to training as a conservatory pianist but skews more towards being influenced by my life as a singer/songwriter and 30+ music directing jobs for musicals, i.e. a sort of get-it-done approach to performance and teaching…having ‘perfectionism’ only in the sense that one should work hard to perform well, but simplifying or adjusting expectations if necessary, focusing more on connection/emotion/passion than anything else, except for right notes and rhythms…who also loving teaching ‘tricks’, i.e. simple skills with big applications 🙂
Anyway … please feel free to write me with any questions – jessicaintherainbow at gmail dot com ❤ ❤ ❤