Australian-born, New York-based Nerissa Campbell holds a Certificate & Associate Degree of Performing Arts (Jazz Performance & Composition) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has released four albums of original music under her own label, Crooked Mouth Music (Paint Me Orange – 2003, Musings of a Telescopic Tree – 2009 & Blue Shadows – 2012, and After The Magic - 2016 for which she was awarded an Australia Arts Council New Work grant to record. This album explores the fusion of jazz & Balinese gamelan).
"I have been teaching for 12 years, and really enjoy working with my students on their individual needs. Everyone wants something different from singing & music lessons, and it is incredibly inspiring for me to help people with that journey.
As well as my own music, I play in NYC’s Balinese Gamelan, Dharma Swara and sometimes join Brooklyn-based post metal band, A Storm Of Light. I have performed in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge, MOMA, 92nd st Y, as well as residencies at 55 Bar & Rockwood Music Hall. Internationally, I have performed at the Singapore Arts Festival, Festival Centro (Bogota, CO), Roadburn (Tilburg, NE), Stanford Jazz Festival (Stanford, USA), Perth Arts Fesitval (Perth, AUS), Asymmetry Festival (Wroclaw, POL) & MusicFestNW (Portland USA) among others. My music has been featured in film, (Freddys: A Documentary, screened at Brooklyn International Film Festival-2010), on TV (Metro Elvis, a public television show featuring NY musicians - 2009), in print (feature artist in Poland’s Audio Magazyn - 2010), and on stage (Tony Lepore & Eva Minemar’s production of Stranger Love-2011).
I am currently accepting new students of all ages, and look forward to helping you on your musical journey."
Looking for a vocal, music theory or songwriting teacher? I would love to help!
I believe completely in nurturing and guiding students in learning to sing, and sharing what I have learnt in all areas of music. I write & perform in the jazz / blues genre, but have collaborated in different genres as well! A good technique is really important to me, so my lessons always include a mix of technique work and what you want to work on - whether that be any of the below and more... what I have learnt along the way is always available to you - I am excited to share!
Areas of study: Technique, Improvisation, Finding your own style, Repertoire - including transposition & writing your own charts for musicians to play, Music Theory (jazz or classical), Performance Skills, Transposition, Songwriting, Getting Gigs, Musicianship.
I would love to hear from you and what you would like to achieve with voice lessons - please be in touch, or simply book a lesson. I look very forward to hearing from you soon to explore your voice.
“…I have definitely grown and gained confidence in my ability to ‘converse’ as a singer since having lessons with Nerissa. I enjoy that each lesson builds on the prior so that we're always working on something new, and they are a great creative break from the day, a chance to use another part of the brain. I have been having lessons with Nerissa for nearly two years and absolutely recommend her. Her classes are just the right price, too.” -Adam P.
“…Nerissa is an encouraging, understanding and most of all, patient teacher. I've taken lessons for years, but her teaching method is unique and I definitely benefited from it. I had been trained as a musical theatre singer and while I knew I could do more, Nerissa led the way and broke me out of that shell. The warm-ups fit my voice and the techniques were so helpful. Essentially, my favorite part about all the lessons is my ability to thrive as an artist. Writing lyrics was a hidden passion of mine, but Nerissa taught me how to make them songs – making them something I never thought they could be! She's a great listener, always open to my opinions and creates a great working environment. I have grown as a person with Nerissa's guidance and I definitely recommend her to students at any level, because she has something to offer everyone!" -Carrie Edwards
“While I only started singing lessons with Nerissa not too long ago, I have already noticed a big difference in my range and the way I use my vocal cords, and just in general, I believe I sound better when I sing. I started having lessons in person, but now take them online since I moved away. I definitely recommend Nerissa - she is really sweet and patient, I think she is the perfect teacher to have for me as a beginner. Also, I love listening to her Australian accent." -Adelyne Liu