Educational Programs

When traveling, Jessica always strives to connect to a particular community as deeply as possible with the various types of performance/educational work that she does.

Residencies can often include:

  • Performances of her solo show Sounds of Being for different kinds of audiences, from the concert hall to an addiction recovery center
  • A performance of a composition written for others
  • Interactive workshops/concerts for children
  • Interactive workshops/concerts for college-age students or adults who are or are not musicians

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

For Musicians Young and Old

Masterclasses for all skill levels

Improvisation for Beginners: 
Awakening your Inner Composer

Networking 101:
Conversation Boot Camp for the
21st Century Musician

Mapping for Success:
Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Artist

Speaking from the Stage:
How to connect to any audience

For the General Public

Tales & Tunes:
Making Music to Tell a Story (Children)

Channeling your Innate Creativity (Adults)

Entrepreneurship:
Making your Avocation your Vocation

Networking 101:
Laugh, Learn, and Connect to Build the Life you Want

Passionate about education

Jessica has conducted over a thousand workshops for hundreds of public school students and adults for Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Caramoor, the Little Orchestra Society, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Currently, she is most passionate about getting young classical musicians off the page to activate their own creativity, improvise, and awaken their own inner composer well before their college years. Her most recent engagements have been for the National Youth Orchestra of Carnegie Hall and for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute.

She is also a music specialist for The Juilliard School, where she visits the Nord Anglia schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar to work with music teachers as they implement a more inquiry-based pedagogy into their curriculum. Students then engage in more creative/reflective activities while learning instruments/general music while Ms. Meyer models life as an artist and leads them in performances/activities where they also embrace their artistic selves.

Ms. Meyer is committed to presenting workshops and coachings that empower fellow musicians with networking, communication, teaching, and entrepreneurial skills so they can be the best advocates for their own careers. Her workshops have been featured at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Longy School of Music, NYU, for the Teaching Artists of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music America Conference, and at various universities around the country.

Jessica is also often hired as a catalyst to help forge better relationships between arts organizations and their surrounding communities. For Carnegie Hall, she worked with community organizations in New Orleans and El Paso as part of their Play USA partnerships, and she also facilitated the #Quartweet Residency between the Princeton Symphony, the Signum Quartet, the Isles Youth Institute, and surrounding elementary schools.

She can regularly be found at the Caramoor Center for Music as part of their two-day residencies entitled “What’s in a House”, a series of workshops where students compose music based on rooms of the famous Rosen House.

REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS

Most notable of all, though, is Meyer’s bravura playing…..is by turns fierce and lyrical.

The StradRead review...

Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.

Alex Ross, The New YorkerRead review

‘Forgiveness’ for bass clarinet and loop pedal, by Jessica Meyer…made the strongest impact. 

The New York TimesRead review...

The pieces were colorful, and the contemporary twists of music with Shakespeare’s words showed their timelessness.

East Hampton StarRead review...

Meyer is a talented composer….reaching for something new and unknown.

New York Classical ReviewRead review...

Perceptive, positive, proactive, productive, pragmatic and thoroughly professional; that is how I describe Jessica Meyer’s approach to living as an energetic and caring musician in today’s world. Her intelligence and effervescent personality truly inspires and leads us to be our best selves.

Heidi Castleman, Viola Faculty – The Juilliard School

Jessica Meyer is a teaching artist of the highest order. The same sophistication, accessibility, generosity, fun and clarity we celebrate in her musicianship radiates from her work as an educator. She innately understands teaching and learning in and through music, and has developed her skills to such a high degree that she can apply them to a wide variety of settings and audiences—lighting up a workshop, a classroom, and even an audience with her interactive concerts. If you want to see what a great teaching artist can do, hire Jessica and then stand back.

Eric Booth
National Arts Learning Consultant, Author of The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible