I've been working with people of all ages and skill levels to increase control, power, confidence, precision, range and authenticity in their voice for well over a decade, in Australia, Canada, and now New York. I offer insight into how to develop the best practices to nurture and strengthen your instrument, to give you the most freedom and expression in your truest voice.
I have developed my method throughout my 20+ years of personal professional live performance and prolific recording experience, giving me a holistic and intuitive approach. I draw on the strengths and personal challenges of each of my clients to develop a tailored experience to each lesson, allowing the authentic, unique voice to emerge at your own pace, which is often a lot faster than you expect!
I love teaching. Working to bring you into harmony with your own powerful self expression is a huge gift and honor.
You can expect to learn about your whole instrument; how to support your voice with correct technique, how to project better with ease, techniques for more control and more authentic expression. We will build your confidence and well- being and you'll experience many other wonderful side effects while exploring your most incredible and versatile instrument.
I conduct lessons from my studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
I offer 50 minute sessions in exchange for $100. I also offer reduced prices for multiple consecutive sessions purchased at once.
I also coach songwriting, performance and creativity, and can conduct lessons via Skype.
Here's my coaching website
Here's my performance website
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Here are some nice things people have said about me.
"Working with Jess is one of the best decisions I've ever made for my personal and artistic growth. She delivers as a voice teacher but goes well beyond that in ways I did not expect. She is a holistic guide to your development. She knows what you need to hear not just to be a better a singer, but to take risks, trust your own abilities, and explore your own creativity. Jess has made me a better musician because she recognizes and pushes you past barriers whether they be technical, emotional, or mental. Bonus points for being a kind and genuine soul."
Nathan D, New York
I had never taken singing lessons before contacting Jess. I didn't know what to expect when going into vocal training- but Jess has been more than I could have hoped for. She is not only an extremely talented singer, but is also a great human, that shares a common ground in believing that everyone has a voice, it's just knowing how to share it. I am still taking classes with her and cannot wait to see what comes next! I have never felt this trustful of my voice until I took lessons with Jess. Thank you thank you thank you!
Allegra V, New York
"Working with Jess is one of the best investments I've ever made in myself. Our sessions have helped me rebuild my understanding of breath, body, and resonance from first principles, and redefined the realm of possibility for using myself as an instrument. The chance to study under an artist at this level is a rare opportunity. If you want to explore the place where music, meditation, and knowledge of yourself intersect, get in touch immediately."
Ana N, New York
"Jess had the ability to pinpoint exactly what I needed in order to get to where I wanted to go, her constant patience in my beginning stages, support, infectious enthusiasm and obvious natural ability to teach, made my sessions with her an absolute delight. I would highly recommend her to beginners through to seasoned musicians....she has something for everyone."
Renee B, Melbourne
"The spectacular thing about Jess is that everything she gives you is real. There are no unchecked compliments or glossy praise. She recognises your flickering inner artist, perhaps even more clearly than you can yourself, and works to release it, beautifully imperfect and unapologising. Jess McAvoy gave me the courage to be myself."
Anna B, Melbourne
" When I contacted Jess about her services I thought I'd be learning the basic mechanics of songwriting. Much to my surprise and delight it was about so much more than finessing lyrics and working out good song structure. It became about overcoming a lifelong fear of stagefright, about finding my true voice and unleashing it. Her no nonsense, honest approach is equally inspiring and constructive. What I learned from her is invaluable to me as an artist and a person and I utilize many of her lessons every day. I cannot more highly recommend Jess's service to anyone ready to find their true voice!
-Maria R, Toronto
"After one session with Jess McAvoy, I walked away fundamentally changed. As a creativity coach, Jess combines her vast experience in both art and life with her ability to hear what is inside you - the thing that is screaming out to be allowed into the world but for one reason or another is stuck. With both her heart and her head fully engaged, she applies her hard earned wisdom, perceptiveness and creative genius to bring down the walls that are stifling your gift, empowering you to share it with courage and grace."
- Peter F. Melbourne
"After 10 years of creative musical block, 10 hours with Jess opened me up and hooked me into the flow and the songs haven't stopped coming ever since. She has a subtle and nurturing teaching style that makes you feel safe to express anything yet pushes you where it counts. Canada, send her back, we miss her."
Steve D. Melbourne
"Before meeting Jess I had no idea that song writing could even be taught. She showed me that we all have these songs coiled inside our hearts, uniquely ours and ready and eager to emerge like butterflies when the environment is conducive. She creates that environment. Eternal thanks."
Adam S. Melbourne
"When I first started lessons with Jess, I lacked confidence in my ability and didn't have any real direction about what I wanted to do other than just learn guitar. However, with lots of encouragement and guidance, I have now got focused goals around my music including stage performance and song-writing. She told me to write, write, write and that's what I did... Now I even have a song about it!"
Lauren T. Melbourne
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