Jessica Deskin Music - ONLINE LESSONS

Jessica Deskin Music - ONLINE LESSONS

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ONLINE Private Lessons: Voice, Piano, Musicianship - $32.50
Hello and welcome to my online lesson scheduler! I'm glad you are here. If you happened upon this page through something other than my website, and would like a little information about my experience as an educator and performer, you can check out my website/bio by clicking on this link: https://jessicadeskinmusic.com/about.

ONLINE lessons — learn music from the comfort of your home, office, studio, shed, treehouse...where ever you can find good internet and limited distractions!

Pianists: if you're just getting started and even up to intermediate, a 30-minute lesson is recommended. If you'd like to add more time for theory, improvisation/songwriting, composing, or anything else, 45 minutes to an hour is needed.

Vocalists: I do not offer 30-minute lessons on a regular basis, although they are available here. Feel free to sign up for a 30-minute lesson, and I'll add another 30 minutes either before or after to discuss scheduling. It is highly recommended that you have at least 45-minute lessons due to the nature of vocal technique study and the time it takes to internalize these lessons and feel good about the week of practice. An hour is best, especially for high school and older.

Regular weekly lessons are available; just let me know that's what you want to do, I'll send you a list of times, and I will get you signed up for a monthly subscription!

*COVID-19 updates*
#1: if you are struggling with loss of income due to the virus, please contact me at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com. If not, and you can purchase lesson time at the regular rate, thank you in advance for contributing a little bit toward the tuition for students who cannot.
#2: Online lessons have ALWAYS been (and will continue to be) available here through Jessica Deskin Music. However, if you’re looking for online options that will turn into in-person in Annapolis, MD after this crisis, please consider Naptown Sings, where I teach a few days a week! Www.naptownsings.com (We may even be continuing online with option to meet in person for recitals through Naptown Sings.)


Now is the time to invest in yourself and your music. You are in exactly the right place. Welcome!

The FAQs:

Q: Who’s it for?
A: Voice: age 10 - adult; Piano: age 7 - adult; Flute: age 8 - adult

Special message to adults:
Yes, ADULTS WELCOME! Whether you are a seasoned performer looking to develop your musicianship/theory knowledge, a Symphony musician wanting to explore more commercial/jazz styles, a drummer or producer with a desire to learn to sing/play piano, or a community musical theatre vocalist needing some vocal direction regarding repertoire choice/development, audition prep, range development, etc. this is for YOU. For over a decade, I taught a variety of styles, levels and topics to ages 3 1/2 - retired adult, but the last 2 years have been spent specifically working with adults (who match all of the examples I listed above) as well as music-directing 3 adult community theatre productions, running (and helping build) an online subscription-based adult jazz education site, event managing in-person adult jazz workshops and 4-day camps. 1) There is no age in music, and 2) don’t worry about ‘what you know’ and ‘what you don’t know’—wherever you are, I will meet YOU there. Don’t just rely on the roles you win or the gigs you get to advance your performing/music skills—private and group lesson work will get you to YOUR next level.

Q: How long are the lessons?
A: 60-minutes is most often the minimum length of time required for a quality and comprehensive lesson. However, I will work with you to accommodate 30- or 45-minute lesson times, just email me at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com. (Also, longer lesson times are available by request—I have unlimited Zoom time!)

Q: Is there a monthly commitment?
A: For this service, there is NO monthly commitment. That said, steady, weekly lessons are recommended to see real progress. You can purchase/book any number of lessons (within two months in advance) you’d like right here to make that happen, OR you may be interested in advance-purchase options, packages and promotions for investing in more than 4 lessons. If you would like more information on these options, please email me at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com.

Q: What do I need?
A: All students need: strong internet connection, music stand (attached to piano is fine), one device to connect to Zoom with camera/audio, and a notebook to write down lesson assignments. Vocalists need a binder (1 1/2 in 3-ring hardback black is recommended, some sheet protectors) for their sheet music, lyrics, repertoire lists, and other documents. Highly recommended: Vocalists need 1) a second device for music, lyrics, recordings, backing tracks, etc. and 2) a piano/keyboard nearby.
TIPS: Arrange your lesson area as close to internet router as possible. Test the lighting and sound before getting started. Set up your online lesson area as if it were a classroom setting; this means placing the zoom camera at a height appropriate for a teacher to be communicating with you face to face, set on a desk or other sturdy piece of furniture, not casually FaceTiming a friend from the couch or sitting crosslegged at your keyboard with the phone on the music stand. Vocalists: prepare to be standing, and I should be able to see your torso to top of the head for breathing/alignment assessment, and we will be moving our bodies throughout exercises and songs so (try to) give yourself some room, if possible. Pianists: if you can, having the option to see your hands from above the keys is optimal for assessment. If you can angle it this way, and/or have dual devices (screenshare on Zoom between computer and ipad/iphone) for multiple views, even better. We CAN make it work in other circumstances, and some of this preparation takes time.

Q: How does it work?
A: I send you (the student or parent of student) the Zoom invitation via email. You don’t need to have the app, but it is recommended. Ten minutes before the lesson time, you click the link in the email, wait in the virtual waiting room (this is when you will be warming up, once you know how to!), and I (the host) will admit you to the lesson at start time. I will send follow up materials and assignments after the lesson, and in advance.

Q: What about the lag issue?
A: Unfortunately, this is an ongoing issue, as the technology to play virtually in 'real time' simple does not exist. However, there are many ways to work around this. For example, students can sing along with tracks behind them so the accompaniment is not delayed (coming from the same output). Also, lessons are extremely productive with back-and-forth learning, and preparation (from both the student and teacher) of materials such as karaoke tracks, accompaniment/backing tracks (found in apps and personally recorded), plus the most important tools: communication and patience. From my own experience of teaching online for over 2 years, it takes a lesson or two to get used to, then it feels like the norm! We can do SO much online, and with the resources available, the sky is the limit. If you're hesitant, I completely understand (I was too!), just know that online music lessons have been happening with success for a LONG time, and people are growing because of it. Don't let the 'fear of the unknown' or the frustration get in your way or make you throw in the towel early--schedule a free chat/mini-session with me, and see how it goes!

Q: How do I sign up?
A: There are a few options here:
1) If you’re ready to jump in, just click on the dates listed to schedule the specific lessons you want, and enter your credit/debit card for payment (securely processed through Stripe). Once you schedule this, I will contact you to find out more about your experience, goals, etc. You’ll be reminded of your upcoming lessons through email, with option for reminders through text as well.
2) If you’d like to set up a 15-minute Zoom call as a free trial, please email me at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com, and I’ll be happy to schedule it for you!
3) If you’re a previous student of mine, and/or are interested in learning about options, promotions, packages, etc. please email me at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com.

Q: Can my friend do the lesson with me? Are there group options?
A: For this lesson option, YES, you can have up to 2 people share the one-hour lesson. (More group classes coming soon!)

Q: What if I’m sick and need to cancel?
A: We know, life gets in the way, mistakes happen, and let’s face it, if you are unable to speak without pain, it makes it pretty challenging to have any kind of music lesson. Here are some options for when this happens:
1) If it’s a planning issue and you cancel with a week’s notice, I will offer to make it up at a time that is convenient for both of us. (Thank you in advance for your consideration and keeping rescheduling at a minimum of once or twice a year.)
2) If it’s a last-minute cancellation (less than 48 hours), I’ll offer a ONE-TIME make-up lesson, to be scheduled at a time convenient for both of us. Any future last-minute cancellations will not be rescheduled, but you will have the option to attend an open studio class (scheduled as needed, in advance).
(There are no refunds.)

Lessons are individualized for each student, catering to the student’s learning and communication style. There are many different types of private lessons available, and most of these can be done in groups as well!

Here are some of the topics for lessons:
Vocal technique (overall vocal health, body alignment, breathing, tone, releasing tension, vocal flexibility, range development, articulation, dynamics/expression, etc.) in various styles (classical and contemporary styles, such as musical theatre, jazz, pop)
Sight-singing
Improvisation
Songwriting/Arranging
Stylistically appropriate prep for auditions, performance, artistry/expression
Piano for Vocalist
Music Theory (what you really need to know)
Chord-Reading


Private lessons are the best way to improve your skills as a musician. If you are serious about getting to the next level, whether it be through technique, musicianship, overall performance, creativity—or maybe you’re just a little shy and only want to sing in front of one person for a while—one-on-one instruction is the best thing for you.

That said, group classes and collaborative projects are totally fun, enriching, and rewarding (emotionally and educationally) too! Group classes are offered in music theory, vocal jazz improvisation, group singing, songwriting/analysis, musical theatre ‘in the round’, and more! Email me at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com for more info.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,
Jessica

~ Music for Life ~

Open Houses

Online Voice, Piano and more OPEN HOUSE and INFO SESSION! - $0
Interested in online music lessons and classes, but have some questions and/or want to check it out first? Sign up for this open house/info session and ask all the questions you'd like! I'll lead with an overview, we can test the communication and explore everything my studio and my affiliate schools/organizations have to offer!

I'll send your Zoom invitation via email, with all instructions to sign in. In the meantime, please check out the FAQs on my website here: https://jessicadeskinmusic.com/book-a-lesson.

See you soon!
Jessica

Classes

Open-Studio Rep Class for Singers (YOUTH) - $10
Open to all visiting vocal students, between the ages of 10 and 15*! This class is included to current private students, but we welcome students outside the studio to join in this fun, interactive community-building class!

Sing a solo (any style) with your own accompaniment or karaoke track, iReal Pro backing track, pre-recorded piano accompaniment, etc. and be prepared for some positive feedback from your peers and teacher, as well as some great tips and direction to take back to the practice room!

We warm up and have introductions 15 minutes before class, play some games and share the music we are working on in lessons. Be prepared to MOVE, warm up the whole body and have some fun!

Don't just rely on the roles you win or the gigs you get to progress as a community performer--regular lessons and/or performance opportunities like these are the key!

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Jessica (aka Ms. Jessica)

*younger students are considered on case-by-case basis: sign up for a free open house on the scheduler OR email Jessica at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com for more info!
Open-Studio Rep Classes for Singers (YOUNG ADULT-ADULT) - $10
Open to all visiting vocal students, 16 and older! This class is included to current private students, but we welcome students outside the studio to join in this fun, interactive community-building class.

Sing a solo (any style) with your own accompaniment or karaoke track, iReal Pro backing track, pre-recorded piano accompaniment, etc. and be prepared for some positive feedback from your peers and teacher, as well as some great tips and direction to take back to the practice room!

We warm up and have introductions 15 minutes before class, and share the material we are working on in lessons. Be prepared to MOVE, warm up the whole body and have some fun!

Don't just rely on the roles you win or the gigs you get to progress as an adult performer--regular lessons and/or performance opportunities like these are the key!

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Jessica

P.S. Have questions? Sign up for a free open house on the scheduler OR email Jessica at jessica@jessicadeskinmusic.com for more info!
In-Studio Rep Class Online (YOUTH) - $0 (call for appointment)
Welcome, current students!

Let me know if you want to sing! Prepare your piano accompaniments, karaoke tracks, or your own accompaniment.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
In-Studio Rep Class Online (YOUNG ADULT/ADULT) - $0 (call for appointment)
Welcome, current students!

Let me know if you want to sing! Prepare your piano accompaniments, karaoke tracks, or your own accompaniment.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Directions Annapolis, MD, USA
443-617-1524