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Piano and Singing Teacher │ Sheffield
Jemma Freese is a full-time musician and composer who plays keyboards/synth/piano and vocals. She is a graduate of Leeds Conservatoire where she studied Pop Composition and Jazz vocals and graduated with First BA Honours and received The Directors Prize. Jemma is a piano teacher in Sheffield at Make Noise Academy.
Jemma plays keyboard and backing vocals for Maximo Park since 2019 and has done several UK and Europe tours with them, along with festivals such as Latitude and Isle of Wight. She also played on their most recent album Nature Always Wins, which became Number 2 on the UK Album Charts in 2021.
Jemma is in numerous original projects where she plays keyboards and vocals and composes; J Frisco (avant-garde/electronic/punk/experimental/jazz trio) who has been played on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio 3 and performed at EFG London Jazz Festival; J2oh (hybrid-jazz duo); and her own band under her own name, currently on Jazz North’s northern line scheme. She has been awarded a place on several other schemes; Jazz North Introduces; Brighter Sounds Both Sides Now; Music: Leeds Launchpad; Manchester Jazz Festival Hothouse; Serious Take Five and Arts Council’s DYCP fund.
One-off or past projects include; co-writing a song called Move In Darkness for EMI as part of their City Lights collection of songs; being a past member of We Are Domi who are representing the Czech Republic in The Eurovision Song Contest; being part of a commission for Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2018 and being part of a commission for Manchester Jazz Festival in 2019.
Jemma teaches keyboards, synth, piano, vocals, music theory, and composition in the genres of pop, rock, jazz, blues, and classical music – and would teach any genre her students prefer which may not be listed here. She has been playing piano for 18 years and singing for 11 years. She has been teaching privately for 5 years and taught at Leeds Music Academy for 4 years. Jemma has done numerous jazz and improvisation workshops with Jazz North and BlueJam Arts in Penrith.
Jemma’s teaching style centres around what her students need/want, and what would benefit them the most. Whether it’s purely creative, to achieve grades or a mixture. She delivers her lessons in whichever learning style caters to their types of personalities. Jemma wants what is best for the student, and can adapt her methods to achieve this. She has taught all ages and all abilities.