January is a great time to sign up for music lessons. It's a new year and many people want to try something new. Music lessons make you smarter and happier so what better activity is there? That being said, the only thing left to do is to choose an instrument and pick a music school.
At Neighbour Note, we have many of the highest educated teachers in North America. Eleven of our teachers have completed a PhD, DMA, or JD degree and eight are enrolled in either a PhD or DMA program at a Toronto University. Jessica Todd is one of those teachers enrolled in a PhD program at York University in Toronto.
Jessica is an extremely passionate music teacher. She has always loved making music. Jessica began her musical journey at the age of eight when she started private piano lessons. By the time Jessica turned twelve she began playing the clarinet in her school band program.
teaching career began in 2012 when she started teaching for the Francophone
Association of Sudbury which gave her her first opportunity to
teach piano. The experience she gained during her three year stay with this
organization is invaluable to her as a teacher and musician.
also enjoyed a Music Instructor position in the Canadian Cadet
Organizations' Military Band Program at Blackdown Cadet
Training Centre on CFB Borden, which allowed her to teach clarinet
for six summers. During her summers at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre,
Jessica had the pleasure of teaching woodwind instruments to students ages
twelve to eighteen where she not only gave private music lessons, but she also
ran band rehearsals, woodwind sectional rehearsals, and she even taught music
theory classes there.
Jessica graduated from Laurentian University in
Sudbury, Ontario with a B.A. specialization
in music, and from the University of Western Ontario in
2012 with a Master's degree (M.A.) in Musicology
. In the years following her graduation from Western,
Jessica enjoyed not only lecturing at Laurentian University but also running
piano tutorials for keyboard harmony classes.
currently pursuing her PhD in music at York
University. This program has given her yet another opportunity to
teach music at the post-secondary level, as she was granted a Teaching
Assistant position for the second year course A History
of Western Art Music. Jessica is highly experienced when it
comes to teaching. She has teaching experience with every age group, from
Junior-kindergarten to post-secondary.
philosophy of teaching is to instruct and inspire! Her lessons truly are
inspiring and fun. Jessica believes in the importance of body memory since the
ability to play an instrument without thinking is crucial. Most of us don't
think about walking, speaking, riding a bike, or driving a car. It is something
most of us tend to do naturally in everyday life. We simply rely on body
memory. Learning music should be the exact same process. Internalize something
and then forget about it. We should all just give our minds a break and let our
bodies remember what to do!
Jessica teaches piano, flute, clarinet, and saxophone here at Neighbour Note.