Teaching

Jessica as a Teacher

With a background in psychology as well as clarinet performance, Jessica teaches her students not only how the clarinet works, but how to learn correctly and efficiently on their own. She knows that every student has the potential to succeed and teaches her students that every skill for every field is absolutely learnable. Whether a student wants to have fun in band class, make all-county, become a professional musician, or any combination of those, the process of improving is the same, and Jessica is excited to help learners on their journeys.

Jessica currently teaches private lessons in Bowling Green, Whitehouse, and other nearby regions in Ohio and also teaches with Bowling Green State University’s Music Plus program.

Previously, Jessica taught Eau Gallie High School’s Marching Band, Satellite High School’s Orchestra Camp, and a private studio in Florida. In addition to musical instruction, she has been a tutor in a variety of subjects for 4th grade-college level students under Club-Z tutoring.

Learning requires the same process whether you want to master music, math, languages, sports, or any other skill. Jessica loves that her educational background and her experience teaching a variety of students and topics have informed her abilities as a performer, student, and teacher.

Why lessons?

The model for learning is the same for every skill.

Essentially, it looks like this:

  1. Knowing what correct looks like
  2. Being able to tell what is different (and the same) between what you have and what you defined as “correct”
  3. Identifying what is preventing you from reaching“correct”
  4. Knowing exactly how to change what is preventing you from being “correct”

You can go through this model on your own, but the great thing is that you don’t have to! Having a teacher to guide you through how to improve makes the process much less stressful but also more efficient, productive, and enjoyable.

Even if you decide Jessica is not the right match for you as a student, she is adamant that the feedback of a good teacher is vital for anyone hoping to be great at a complex skill like music.

To learn more about Jessica’s perspective on learning and psychology of her students, or if you are concerned about your abilities as a student, check out this article on talent and the psychology of learning from her Curious Creative Blog. Jessica’s teaching philosophy and the model above come directly from the books she has read on learning, psychology, and performance including “Peak” by Anders Ericsson and other books discussed in the blog.

Other Resources:

If you are a student or teacher who wants to know more about learning or why I am adamant everyone can learn, here are some of my favorite resources

www.mindsetworks.com/Science/Impact

www.mindsetkit.org

www.bulletproofmusician.com

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To contact Jessica about teaching or playing, email: jessicapollackclarinet@gmail.com

Jessica is primarily based in Bowling Green for lessons, but is also available for Skype lessons upon request.