Now in it’s 14th year, JMS Music continues to provide Music for Communities all over Essex and the South of England.
JMS Music has grown to have many different channels – encompassing more communities and welcoming more people into Music each year. Joanna's passion is sharing and making Music with others to encourage and inspire; but also to provide fun, learning and aid personal growth.
JMS Music Teaching was founded in 2003. A small private teaching practice, Joanna was developed her work into a well-respected local business and Community service achieving great success. To date, JMS Music has helped hundreds of students achieve their full potential in their Music Studies.
JMS Music Education works in both primary and secondary schools; developing and hosting Music Workshops and Educational Projects for Staff and Students.
JMS Music Community runs an extremely popular Gala series with 5 Sold-Out Gala Evenings since 2010, raising over £10,000 for UK Charities. In the near future, we hope to be launching more Community-based events to include Choirs; Teacher Support Days; Holiday Workshops as well as continuing our Sell-Out Gala Series.
JMS Music Teaching
Joanna was awarded the Licentiate from The Royal Academy of Music for Private Teaching, holding also their BMus (Hons) Degree and MA (Distinction) qualification.
Students regularly achieve high results in ABRSM, LCM Musical Theatre and Trinity Rock & Pop ~ all Grades 1-8, ABRSM Diplomas; and well as the National Curriculum GCSE and A-Level Music Courses. Students have also succeeded in entrance to Music Conservatoires and leading Universities at BMus degree level.
Students also shine throughout the year in leading National Competitions, West End Stage Schools (including Italia Conti, Arts Ed and Sylvia Young Theatre School), National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and in both Film & TV broadcasting.
Whether for examination study or for keen interest as a hobby, the lessons are adapted to suit every pupil’s individual need.
Twice a year, JMS Music Teaching holds local concerts for friends and family to encourage all students to share their work and gain valuable stage experience. To date, the students have raised over £1,000 through their mini concert series for local charities.
" I would not hesitate to recommend JMS Music."
-Faith, Mother of Mia (Piano & Voice Student)
"I first joined JMS Music a few years ago and I have loved my time there. Joanna is a very supportive teacher; both friendly, caring and patient but who will also push you to achieve your best."
- Victoria, Adult Pupil, Cystic Fibrosis Sufferer (Voice Student)
"I like my lessons with Jo because they are fun. Jo taught me Middle C, F Sharp, B Flat and lots of other stuff too. If you want to go to Jo's, just call her number. Don't worry about it, she is lovely."
- Francesca, aged 7 (Piano Student)
To read more recent testimonials of JMS Music, please click here.
JMS Music Education
JMS Music Education launched in 2010 when Joanna started working as a Vocal Leader in local Primary & Secondary Schools assisting them with their National Curriculum Music and activities such as Choirs, Orchestras and Chamber Groups.
Joanna continues to be an active supporter of Music and the Arts within the Community and was awarded The Royal Academy of Music’s Open Academy Fellowship to continue to expand her work in more Schools inside the City of London Boroughs. Joanna is an Ambassador of the international Concordia Foundation.
She is now a highly sought-after, experienced Vocal Workshop Project Leader and has worked for such organisations as;
…and many more independent, National and International organisations.
Joanna has also devised her own Education and Community Projects; such as the hugely successful Searching for Sunshine for Corbets Tey Children’s School in 2013.
Joanna is a Patron for Corbets Tey School, Upminster for children with complex learning needs. Searching for Sunshine featured all 116 pupils of the School taking part in a 1-hour show filled will fun, laughter, adventure and at it’s heart was the children’s love of Music and Singing.
JMS Music Education has secured a visit by English Touring Opera to Corbets Tey School. The Company shall be performing their new 2018 Spring Season SEN Show “This is my Bed” for all pupils to enjoy and participate in. Joanna shall also be performing in this production.
Joanna also joins the Staff at Corbets Tey School, holding a Teaching Assistant position, with a special emphasis on supporting the School’s Music.
JMS Music Community
JMS Music Community officially launched in 2010 to encompass all aspects of Communal Music.
At the forefront is an extremely popular Music Gala series with 5 Sold-Out Gala Evenings since 2010, raising nearly £15,000 for Local and UK National Charities.
Galas have featured international leading Musicians and Singers from London’s West End and worldwide Opera Stages.
In future years, we hope to be launching more Community-based events to include Choirs; Teacher Support Days; Holiday Workshops as well as continuing our Sell-Out Gala Series.
In order to fund JMS Education project Searching for Sunshine, JMS Music organised a Fundraising Gala concert Opera on the Park in Upminster, Essex.
The Gala Concert and Searching for Sunshine Project provided
JMS Music Community looks forward to developing future projects for the local Community to encourage all to join together in Music. For more details, or to get involved, please contact us be leaving a message below.
I decided to learn to play the Piano at what can be considered a late stage in my life (age 57 years). Initially, I was only interested in learning to play for my own pleasure but in a short space of time, I achieved my ABRSM Grade 1, 2 and 3. I would never have thought this possible when I started.
Joanna has made lessons fun and she is always full of encouragement. Her patience and dedication to developing my interest further has been instrumental in this achievement. She has an eye and ear for detail and gently helps me learn new skills making small changes one-step at a time, in this way I never feel overwhelmed or disheartened. I have become more confident about myself and my potential as a pianist.
- Ruth, Adult Learner (Piano Student)
"Our daughter Francesca has been learning Piano with JMS Music since she was five years old. Jo has always had an amazing teaching style, capturing our daughter’s imagination and focus. Jo makes the lessons fun whilst covering a significant body of work in both theory and practise.
Francesca loves her lessons with Jo and for us to see our daughter maintain her enthusiasm is purely down to JMS Music and Jo’s exemplary and passionate teaching method. In other words, I don’t know how she does it, but she does it with consummate ease."
- Clare and Pete Nissen, Parents of Francesca (Piano Student)
"Joanna has been teaching Mia both piano and voice for nearly five years. We've also known Joanna personally for many years, and even now her career has progressed gloriously; she is still a wonderfully, patient and committed teacher who Mia aspires to and is an incredible role model to every one of her students. Under Joanna's professional but also caring teaching skills, Mia has passed her ABRSM Exams with Distinctions and Joanna will continue to help Mia reach her full potential in the future. Joanna makes sure that her students are fully prepared and confident before entering them for their exams and her pupils' high results speak for themselves. I would not hesitate to recommend JMS Music."
- Faith Hart, Mother of Mia, (Voice & Piano Student)
"My son (now 13 years) has been with Joanna for several years now. He always looks forward to his lessons and comes away after on a real high! Joanna’s passion for musical excellence, outstanding performance and pretty much life in general is totally infectious and one tends to get swept up and taken along on the exciting ride too!
Joanna has a wealth of current & historic, hands on experience and knowledge that she seamlessly weaves into each lesson. She is patient and understanding, inspirational and motivational. Her style of teaching encompasses the importance of having a broader musical knowledge, understanding the context of the pieces and developing his own thoughts on the interpretation – in turn encouraging my son to explore and take an interest in his own development! I would highly recommend Joanna."
- Berni Buckley, Mother of Dillon (Voice Student)
JMS Music Testimonials
"Joanna worked on lots of repertoire, technique, language and general performance skills with me. I was fortunate to secure a place on the Undergraduate Degree Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which I know wouldn’t have been possible without the support and teaching of Jo & I am extremely thankful!"