Jessie is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA and a doctoral student and graduate assistant at Texas Christian University, where she is pursuing her DMA in Piano Pedagogy. At TCU, Jessie studies pedagogy under the direction of Dr. Ann Gipson and applied piano under Professor Harold Martina. She holds both a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Paul Velucci Piano Award and scholarship, an award based on the nomination of the SMU piano faculty.
Jessie received undergraduate degrees from the University of Central Florida in both Piano Performance (BM) and Music Education (BME), and she completed her student teaching under the guidance of Bonnie Shea at Sabal Point Elementary in Longwood, Florida, teaching over 700 K-5 students each week. Further artistic development includes private study with pianist and pedagogue, Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), and master classes for internationally-acclaimed pianists such as Olga Kern, Alessio Bax, Adam Golka, Gregiorios Zamparas, Rebecca Penneys, Enrico Elisi, and Domenico Codispoti. She has also attended music festivals in Paris, France and Bruges, Belgium. Jessie’s primary teachers have been Mr. Harold Martina, Dr. Carol Leone, Dr. Cathy Lysinger, and Mr. Alfred Mouledous.
Jessie’s varied teaching experience includes group and individual lessons in early childhood, K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels, and adult continuing education. She has served as a faculty member and teacher at SMU’s Piano Preparatory Department, The Centre for Musical Minds, Smart Start Music, and Saint Andrew’s Conservatory of Music, as well as a church musician for many years.
In addition to her passion for group and private teaching, Jessie also has an interest in training teachers and expanding the field of piano pedagogy. Jessie has been a presenter at the MTNA Collegiate Pedagogy Symposium, the MTNA National Conference, and The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP). Additionally, she has been published by The Piano Magazine (formerly Clavier Companion) and American Music Teacher. In 2019, MTNA named Jessie as the recipient of the MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. Jessie is an active member of DMTA, TMTA, and MTNA and runs Primo Piano Studios in east Dallas. She also joyfully serves as an accompanist with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas.