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About Jess

StartingNote from Jessica Townsend on Vimeo.

Qualifications and Accreditations

Jess at the Studio

 

The Tutor

Unique Tailored Tuition Style

Students notice right from the first session that Jess has created a welcoming and inviting studio, and that she has an extensive knowledge and passion for music and vocals that she is very keen and willing to share to anyone who wants to learn.

Students boast regularly that Jess has taught them above and beyond what they could have imagined, and that in such a short timeframe (often within a few weeks) that Jess was able to assist them to completely transform their voice for the better.

Jess is gifted with a great musical awareness and a 'good ear' for stylistic interperetations, techniques, and pitch, being able to swiftly analyse and correct techniques in most areas within seconds of listening to a student - her constructive critiques are very detailed each lesson, letting the student know exactly how they can improve.

Jess is very willing to teach her students the best of the best, the most important and relevant information right from the start to best assist the students achieve success, and teaches her students what they want to and need to know from lesson to lesson - she never uses the 'one lesson fits all' formula that most other studios tend to,
and as a result she hasn't had any student that she couldn't assist who was willing and able to put in the work needed to enhance their vocal techniques

Jess tutors at her home-studio in Parafield Gardens, fostering each students' love for music and transforming vocal abilities into more than could have been imagined, embracing each students’ unique styles and abilities, whilst helping them find their star potential. Jess assists the students with songs and techniques to suit their own voice strengths and challenges, aiming to help each of them to explore and find their own voice niches.

Cherokee- 2012 Jazz Vocal Recital, Adelaide University from Jessica Townsend on Vimeo.

 

Special Needs Tuition

Across the past decade Jess has taught many students with special needs - especially ASD, and is highly praised for her ability to adapt to and cater for each student, increasing thewir confidence and abilities.

Jess loves seeing the eureka moments students have when they are able to access and utilize the techniques to be successful in their practice and performance,
and she loves that singing can enhance educational abilities in several core areas of life, such as math, english and science

Jess began teaching children with special needs in 2011, having had numerous 1 on 1 lessons with Autistic students across the spectrum, children with ADHD, people with SPD, and people with partial blindness and partial deafness.
As a tutor, Jess is very welcoming, incredibly patient, and quite easygoing, which the students love as they can relate to her and feel that they can freely sing without ridicule and fear

Jess' own son also has special needs, he's currently being assessed for SPD, ODD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.

Jess' Son Liam

History

The reason that Jess is able to cater for all students from any walk of life is because she has had many, many different vocal tutors throughout her schooling who have all had different methods of teaching, and different excerscises and songs they use to train with.
Jess is very analytical and took the time during her time at Woodville High and Adelaide University, as well as in the various bands and ensembles she's been in, and the artists she's studied and analysed heavily to watch, listen, and learn how her idols, peers, and mentors conversed and worked together over time to enhance their vocal and musical techniques.
Through this quiet study, Jess gained an immense and widely varied repotoire of techniques, tips, and tricks to assist many diverse students from all walks of life, with diffferent learning styles and abilities which has shaped her into the very knowlegable tutor that she is today.

Jess has been tutoring professionally since 2009, though she began freelancing in 2004, coaching her classmates in individual sessions, and taking the choirs and ensembles through warm-ups and exercises.

Genres/singing styles taught; Jazz, Contemporary, Alternative, Country, Rap, HipHop, R&B, Ballads, Singer-Songwriter, Soul, Disco, Choral, Classical, Folk, Gospel, Christian, Funk, Ska, African, Regge, Musical Theatre, Song and Dance, Pop, Gospel, Rock, Swing, Latin, Rap, Contemporary, Modal, and Bossa Nova.

Jess can also assist with vocal repair, along with diction and speech assistance, acting assistance via projection, stagecraft and help with monalogues and audition advice and tips.

The eclectic Bachelor Of Music degree has equipped Jess with skills in conducting, stagecraft, transcribing, arranging, vocal percussion, scat singing and improvisation, vocal healing, eurhythmics, complex rhythmic patterns, writing vocalize, and spontaneous composition.

Jess’ vast experience in many group situations has given her an appreciation for choral singing, harmonization, and vocal blend - Jess has also tutored choral directors and vocal coaches in how to teach and how to conduct.

After spending several years instructing voice and administrating at Adelaide's Premier Rock Academy, Jess married and shared her passion for music with the northern suburbs; thus between January 2013 and July 2015 Jess tutored hundreds of students at Salisbury's Music Corner.

In 2010 Jess and her partner (now husband) Michael started up their photography company, Lightyear Photography, and soon After they got married, their son Liam was born (2014) and so Jess decided to consolidate her tuition into her home studio, with the exception of a few schools when able to - currently jess also tutors voice at Playford International College's Specialist Music Centre (since 2017).

Sing a Song of Song- 2012 Jazz Vocal Recital, Adelaide University from Jessica Townsend on Vimeo.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

This is field that Jess is involved in, dealing with music through movement.

Her love of this field was sparked in 2012 when she attended a week-long workshop in
Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

This approach is particularly good with younger children, the elderly, and in group contexts The philosophy is that music needs to be understood internally before it can be expressed externally.

Jess has used this method with many students from age 3 upwards. Jess used to volunteer for group Eurhythmics classes at Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music prior to the programmes closure in early 2014.

 

The Performer

Jess is no stranger to the stage; she has been performing for crowds since she was seven, at school events, and with big name artists, such as Kamahl.

Jess is forever being praised by students for her natural and soulful abilities when she sings, advising her to try out for Australian relaity music shows.

Jess has previously performed with Charmaine Jones' Gospo Choir in Light the Night, and performed solo at that event to over 32,000 people.

Throughout her 20+ year career, Jess has worked alongside various vocalists and musicians, including;

Justine Clarke, Kamahl, The Borderers, Charmaine Jones, Sarah Whiteley, Mark Simeon Furguson, Aaron Deanshaw, Erica Graf, Evan Whetter, Lilian Boute, Trace Canini, Sophie Zerner, Kylie Ferreira, Logan Watt, Marlene Richards, Freddy Payne, George Grifsas, and Harvey Duff, Luke Thompson, Naomi Eyers.

Jess singing
Jess performing in Adelaide’s Scott Theatre in November 2012.

Performance experience is important for any musician, making Jess’ extensive experience in solo and ensemble situations very valuable.

Jess has performed at; Civic Park Carols, The Royal Adelaide Show, Light The Night, Elder Park Carols, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Schutzenfest, The Promethean, Brompton Hotel, Newmarket Hotel, Wheatsheaf, Scott Theatre, Ayers House, as well as at Generations In Jazz in Mt Gambier, and the Melbourne School Bands Festival.

As a proud member of Woodville High school's Specialist Music Program Jess was titled the "Most Versatile Performer" of the school in 2007, and was the school's featured vocal soloist, regularly singing at major school functions, corporate gigs, state-wide and local events, competitions, cabarets and assemblies.

Jess also participated in the Festival of Music throughout her schooling in various capacities.

Jess was a valued mentor and role model in all of the ensembles that she has been involved in, such as; the Enfield Brass Band, Kelemzig Oompah Band, Port Adelaide City Band, Woodville Concert Bandand the Modbury St John Ambulance Band, (On Tuba,) as well as many school bands, including; the Stage band, Big Band, Drumline, African Choir, Soul Choir, and Wind Ensemble. Of course, she has also had extensive involvement in ensembles as a vocalist, including; The Australian Youth Choir, and Adelaide Universities’ Kind Of Blue Choir. Jess has also been a lead vocalist and soloist in; Herbies Heroes, Miles Ahead, and various school choirs. She was also the lead (and backing) vocalist for 3 years at the localFilipino Baptist Church.

Jess loves musical theatre and acting, and has also been involved in a number of drama and musical productions including; “Sleeping Beauty”, and “The Flying Machines”, as well as the cast of “Fame, the musical” (2003), Snug and Egeus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2006), and Mrs Drudge in “The Real Inspector Hound” (2007),
as well as regularly auditioning for musical theatre roles; her latest was for Fruma Sarah in Fiddler On The Roof. During school years she's also been involved with; Wakakirri and Rock Eisteddfod, Tournament of Minds, and group and solo skits and Monalogues at The Parks Drama Club. Most recently she auditioned for the role of "Fruma Sarah" in the 2017 production of "Fiddler On The Roof."

These days Jess definately prefers teaching over performing, though is still practicing her craft, occasionally collabing with colleagues, and she is considering moonlighting as a wedding singer in the future.

 

Brass

Jess played Bb Tuba with Adelaide’s Enfield Brass Band and the Kelmzig Oompah Band between 2014 and 2017. Among her hilights there was performing “Around The World In 80 Minutes” for the 2014 Fringe Festival,

“A Soundtrack To The 20th Century” in 2017, singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” with student Bree Mibus, Attending the nationals Brass Band Competition, and winning first place in the C division of the State Brass Championships in 2016.

In 2013-2014 Jess was a valued committee member, Eb Tuba player, Deputy Conductor and Deputy Musical Director of the Modbury St John Ambulance Band. There, she regularly directed, and taught musical concepts.

Jess auditioned for her B.Mus degree on both Tuba and Voice, getting in on both. Ultimately she decided to pursue her singing career.

From 2008 until she switched bands in late 2009, Jess directed junior band members in the Port Adelaide City Band.

Jess was a trombone tutor and mentor in her senior years of high school, in 2007 and 2008, and often toured local schools, playing and showcasing brass instruments.

Jess has been learning brass since 2003, and was heavily involved with Woodville High School"s Wind Ensemble, Big Band, Stage Band, and Drumline.