Jessye has a passion for helping students to find their own voice within a variety of genres. They earned their Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University. Their Doctoral Monograph, titled A Survey of the Current State of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Training at the Graduate Level, focuses on the need for the inclusion of contemporary and musical theatre techniques in graduate level voice pedagogy programs. They currently serve as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA. Previously, they held a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Jessye has a background in both Contemporary (Pop/Rock/Musical Theatre) and Classical Voice, and believes in the importance of a strong technical background as the key to achieving a freedom of expression in whatever genre students choose to pursue.
At Temple University, they also served as an accompanist for various Musical Theatre workshop classes, and also Music Directed productions such as Sheik and Sater's Spring Awakening (in 2012) and Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along (2015).
To obtain Jessye's rates for private teaching, coaching, and accompaniment services, please email them at JessyeDeSilvaMusic@gmail.com or visit their profile at takelessons.com
"[Jessye] is an excellent voice teacher as well as an excellent piano player which is always extremely awesome in a lesson. He has taught me many important techniques such as creating space in the voice and not getting trapped in the nose. He offers great breathing and warm-up exercises and has a great understanding of many styles of music which allows me to broaden myself outside of my comfort zone of singing. We have explored using the voice in different ways, and have explored using head space. He uses great analogies and images to describe technique which I find very helpful and beneficial. I love studying with [Jessye] and recommend [them] to everyone!"
~ Mike N.
"I have had many teachers through my 10+ years of singing and [Jessye] DeSilva has definitely and without a doubt been one of the best. I know when I come into a lesson, I will learn something new every time and leave feeling inspired. He has worked on everything with me from Musical Theater to Opera and Pop to Rock and everything in between. He provides a safe and encouraging environment, while just having fun! I would highly recommend him to anyone! "
"[Jessye] has improved my singing abilities 100%. Since training with Bryan I have learned about every different style of singing from classical, to pop, to jazz, to musical theater, and have seen incredible growth. I am always pushed to do better and am always told when there is a noticeable improvement! I have become so spoiled having lessons with [Jessye] because he is the most brilliant accompanist and really knows how to make the performer shine. On top of his skill and knowledge he is also an all around wonderful guy who genuinely cares about his students. I would highly recommend [Jessye] to anyone!"
"[Jessye] is probably the most influential vocal instructor I have had in my career. He is very knowledgeable in how to achieve the best sound from your voice and uses techniques he himself uses because he is a performer as well, which makes the room very comfortable because it feels like one of your peers and not like a teacher. His range of styles to work with run the gamut from classical to Broadway to pop and I have grown so much in my musicality. But probably the most important part about him is that he truly cares about his students and wants them to succeed. I recommend him to any and all."
"[Jessye] is fantastic. From my first lesson he was cool and personable, which made me relaxed and helped get the best singing possible out of me. He's helped me with my range and always has ideas about what material to sing. When we first started lessons, I was very unsure about my voice and abilities. He helped make me more confident in my singing and an overall better singer. I cannot recommend him highly enough."