Welcome to Jessica Lutzak's Music Studio!
Take voice or piano lessons from a knowledgeable, enthusiastic teacher!!
"I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys to learning." -Plato
Who is Jessica Lutzak?
Jessica Lutzak is a private RMT (Registered Music Teacher) who began her musical journey at a very young age, starting with piano lessons. Her love of singing also grew through many years as a soprano in respected local choirs and touring choirs (Calgary Children's Choir and Calgary Girls Choir), as well as singing lead roles in her junior high and high school's Musical Theatre productions. Jessica began taking private voice lessons through Dawn Johnson in Calgary, who pointed her in the direction of a career in music. During this time, she also continued her piano studies, up to a grade 10 RCM level. This led to the attainment of her Music Performance Diploma through Mount Royal University (then, College), as well as 2 years in UBC's Opera Performance Program in Vancouver, BC, where she studied under the amazing Heather Thomson-Price. Following UBC, Jessica wanted to study materials specific to teaching voice, and so she achieved the Teacher's ARCT (voice) in 2012, with first class honors through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jessica has also been the proud Vocal Coach for the Calgary Children's Choir, and various local school choirs. She has performed with the Calgary Opera Chorus, and remains active in the performing community through recitals, as a wedding and event singer, volunteers her talents for various causes, and is an avid supporter of local arts events. Her students can be seen and heard around town in local choirs, large-scale musicals, music festivals and events, volunteer causes. Many have successfully auditioned for roles in shows, and been accepted into respected University programs and summer programs. A large number of Jessica's students receive recognition for outstanding achievements on RCM exams, or in music festivals. Jessica is also an ARMTA and NATS member, intends on continuing her own growth as a musician, and wants to keep performing as a prominent part of her life. Jessica has taught for 13 years, as well as throughout her post-secondary career. Jessica remains passionate about her singing and teaching, and aspires to build and maintain a reputable music studio, with students who contributes to the future of the arts in Canada. She credits her endless source of energy and inspiration to her wonderful daughter, Eva, and supportive husband, Jeff.
Why Should I Take Music Lessons?
The benefits of taking music lessons are endless, and create life-long habits to ensure success in all areas. Some of these benefits include self-confidence, time management skills, improvisational skills, charisma, creativity, self-motivation and determination. Learning an instrument also improves learning habits and concentration abilities, and exposes students to history and culture.
Why Should I Take Music Lessons from Jessica?
Aside from being one of the most enthusiastic, positive and passionate music teachers you will ever meet, Jessica is continually striving for the best possible experience for her students. Jessica also aims for a high level of professionalism, as JL Music Studio is a fully licensed business. She treats each student as an individual and plans their lessons accordingly, therefore addressing each individual students' needs and goals, and likes to work with each student in a holistic way, by also addressing the many areas of one's lifestyle that ultimately affect the student's outcome. Jessica has a lifetime's worth of musical education, and an extensive performing background to ensure that her students receive a well-rounded musical experience, and believes in continually upgrading and improving her own skills in order to evolve and grow as a musician and teacher. Above all, music is not just her hobby...it's her life and passion, and Jessica feels it is her mission to spread her love and passion for music to her students and the community.
In Jessica's studio, you are not just "another student"; she truly cares about each student she accepts into her studio. Your individuality and personal growth matter!
Who Should Take Lessons?
Jessica chooses to teach students ages 6-100+, although young potential voice students should really consider preliminary methods, which are highly recommended for students under age 10 (see note below). All backgrounds and styles of voice or piano are welcome, although Jessica specializes in teaching classically-based music to: intermediate-advanced students, young people (preferably of reading age) and mature students looking to start at a later age. Beginners welcome!
*Please note the info below regarding potential voice students ages 6-10*
What does Jessica Teach?
Jessica teaches voice and piano lessons. In terms of levels, Jessica teaches beginner through advanced levels of voice. She teaches students looking to do RCM exams, as well as those who take lessons as a "serious" hobby. Throughout lessons, she emphasizes Music History concepts and Music Theory, as well as song interpretation, to help you get the most out of your experience. Each student will have performing opportunities through workshops/masterclasses and 2 recitals, among others. If voice and/or piano lessons are a priority for you, then lessons with Jessica will surely help you achieve your full musical potential!
*Potential voice students ages 10 and under: Jessica believes that PRELIMINARY MUSICIANSHIP CLASSES using methods such as Kodaly or Orff or Music for Young Children are much more beneficial to young students in this age group than starting out with standard private voice lessons. Joining a choir is also very highly suggested. This is due to the physical development of the voice and musicianship at this stage, as well as learning phases. In such methods students will learn: basic musicianship skills, note reading and basic theory concepts, improvisation skills, familiarity with singing, harmonization, music appreciation and preliminary performance skills. Just as we learn to speak before we can read or write, students will learn to sing songs and make music using concepts that they will later use at an advanced level. This then develops a true love of the fun of making music which lasts a lifetime, and enables private teachers to get right into teaching the instrument rather than basic musical knowledge. The preliminary music classes are held outside of the studio through organizations such as Mount Royal University's Music Conservatory in Calgary (highly recommended) or local teachers who specialize in teaching music to young children. There are several wonderful choirs in the city to choose from. Students who use this type of learning approach end up equal to or even ahead of students who started with private lessons in many areas. The student's individual progress and abilities will determine when they are able to begin "serious" private lessons. Jessica also recommends that aspiring young singers (and in fact all aspiring singers) take piano and theory lessons up to roughly grade 6 as well (beyond is even better!), as this is a crucial skill for singers. This is a must in Jessica's studio. It helps singers to learn their music, reinforces musical concepts and note-reading, and also enables singers to accompany themselves on a basic level when they are away from their usual collaborative pianist or teacher. It can also, truthfully, save a lot of time, frustration and money in future learning.*
JL Music Studio's Contact Info:
Teaching days: Mon/Wed/Thurs
Contact: Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm
Email: (preferred contact method) firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 403-797-1320 *thank you for not phoning after 8:30pm*
Please contact Jessica for availability
Interested in hiring Jessica Lutzak for your wedding or other event? Please contact her for all inquiries.
"THE LIFE OF THE ARTS, FAR FROM BEING AN INTERRUPTION OR DISTRACTION IN THE LIFE OF A NATION, IS CLOSE TO THE CENTRE OF A NATION'S PURPOSE, AND IS A TEST TO THE QUALITY OF A NATION'S CIVILIZATION" -J.F. KENNEDY