INTRODUCTION TO JODY JOSEPH MUSIC
I have been a singer, songwriter and performer for over 30 years. I have been on many stages throughout New Jersey, New York and some select Northeast venues. I have been mentoring students in their vocal and artist development for over twenty years. Currently the youngest student I teach is 7 years old and the oldest is 75. The one thing I believe in very strongly is that it is never too late or that someone is too old to live a dream.
I have found that only exposing my students to singing correctly is limiting them as a performer and me as a teacher, so here is the menu:
Strengthening and expanding the range. Working pitch, tone, vibrato, breathing, and support
STAGE THEATRICS AND CONFIDENCE:
stage presence (turning from a singer into a performer)
confidence to feel comfortable in any stage environment
INSTRUMENT AND MUSIC THEORY INTRODUCTION:
at some point I suggest introducing guitar or piano (101)
also adding some basic music theory
SONG WRITING AND STUDIO RECORDING:
As they grow with me, I show them how to song-write, which I believe is a great tool to have an outlet to express themselves and turn their feelings into a song.
Also they will have the resources to record their music with an engineer and producer.
I have built a wonderful relationship with some very famous local venues and artist galleries. So these opportunities are usually available once a month.
Also, any of my major shows that I perform I share my stage with my students.
I believe that it is extremely vital to give a student the exposure and reward them with an experience on stage, after all their hard work.
All of the above with the exception of recording costs are included in the student’s training.
-I come from a very talented family. My first cousin is John Bongiovi, my 3rd cousin is Mario Lanza, and my grandfather was a self-taught musician.
-I have been involved in singing, performing, playing guitar, and writing since I was a teen.
-I have been signed to a manager who also managed Leanne Ryhmes and Alanis Morrissette.
-I was signed to Warner/Chappell for my song writing, and traveled to Nashville and New York to work with some amazing Gold record songwriters.
-I have released 5 records of my own, and have co-produced other records, as well.
-I have produced all my stage shows for myself, as well as my students.
-I sang the National Anthem at the Meadowlands.
-I was Jacquie Lee’s (first runner up on The Voice 2013) 1st vocal instructor.
-I started my business in 1997 with 1 student and today I am blessed with over 50 a week.
-I have a junior teacher who studied under my direction for the past 5 years and is a former student of mine for 10 years.
I recently started a program called “HEARTSTRINGS” with THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF MONMOUTH COUNTY that offers a music enhancement program to at-risk youth in their Family Crisis Intervention Program,
Every major show I do, I have a benefactor for.
Here are a few I’ve raised funds for: The American Cancer Association, Pink Fund, Wag-On-Inn Animal Rescue, Prevent Child Abuse-NJ, and the Yellow Ribbon Teen Suicide Awareness, and the list goes on.
I believe that God gave us all a gift to use for the better; mine is to teach, heal, and touch others’ lives thru the beautiful power of music.
THE STUDENT’S COMMITMENT
-It is required that they do their vocal homework 3 times a week at minimum approximately 30 minutes per session.
-Any student 11 and under will have games and incentives that I use to challenge them. I also give them rewards for their efforts.
-That they come to their session with their binder and their flash drive.
I am so looking forward to the opportunity to cultivate you or your child’s talent.