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 three albums of original music under her own label, Crooked Mouth Music (Paint Me Orange – 2003, Musings of a Telescopic Tree – 2009 & Blue Shadows – 2012). She was recently awarded an Australia Arts Council New Work grant to record her 4th album, After The Magic, which explores the fusion of jazz & Balinese gamelan.
"I have been teaching for 10 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).
The video I posted above is from a gig in NYC, singing with my band a song I wrote called Once Again. Here is another snippet, this time of me singing with A Storm of Light at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, NL. Next up for me? Fiddle lessons - I have always wanted to learn!"
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