MEET THE FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
As a passionate and dedicated musician, Jessica has committed herself to music education for over 18 years now and is still counting. She focused her studies in piano, guitar, vocals, ukulele, marimba, flute, drums, percussion, and along with band collaboration from the very beginning of her music journey. She studied at The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) since she was a child, later successfully graduated as a double major alumni and achieved Associate Diplomas in ARCT Performer's and ARCT in Piano Pedagogy.
(The Associate of The Royal Conservatory Toronto (ARCT) diplomas for Performers and Teachers are the highest academic standings awarded by The Royal Conservatory. The ARCT Teacher's diploma is respected internationally as a teaching qualification. The ARCT Level is higher than Level 10.)
She is a First Class Honours with Distinction Student in all of her RCM Practical and Music Theory exams and obtained certificates through Levels 1 to 10. She was also a RCM Ontario Regional Gold Award Medalist for obtaining the highest mark for practical and theory examinations in her specialized discipline at the ARCT Diploma Level. Jessica has attained her RCM Certified Music Teacher's License (with specialist certificates for Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Piano Education), RCM Specialist Designation (Primary Discipline: Piano, Secondary Disciplines: History, Counterpoint, Analysis, Percussion, Flute, Recorder, and Guitar) and is also a teacher representative for the RCM as well. She also invested her time in achieving a Music: Global and Cultural Contexts Certificate and declared a secondary academic discipline (Minor) in Music at Ryerson University. Besides that, she performs as a Concert Pianist and Contemporary Music Artist in music festivals, competitions, dinner events, galas, and weddings. She always had an interest in pursuing a music career since she was young.
In 2010, she decided to launch an educational organization and music studio, JQL Music & The Arts, in Brampton and relocated in Milton a year later. For over 8 years now, Jessica has provided hundreds of students from ages 2 to 70 years old all over the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) an improved student-oriented academic music study program to a whole new level. She adores being around children and her music school gave her that opportunity of getting closer to children. She also contributed to multiple charities that involved giving back to the children, such as SickKids Foundation and Make A Wish Canada.
Jessica has several years of teaching experience as a music and arts instructor from many music schools across the GTA. With her advanced experience, she established a music program that gives students the opportunity of a dynamic and flexible education and enriched music learning experience that brings extraordinary value to students within JQl Music & The Arts. Her students who follow the RCM music education curriculum have an outstanding history and record of exam results of 80% and higher in all RCM music exams both practical and theory. With years of experience serving and satisfying customers, her students and their parents have gave back positive feedback and ratings, as well as many referrals. She would be more than delighted to show these successful results and customer reviews to any new incoming students as references. Likewise, she is the conductor, music arranger, and instrumental accompanist for her students' choir, musicals, and vocal groups. She also manages to organize an academic tutoring service varied from elementary school to University level within her studio for Mathematics, French, Science, English & Language Arts, Visual Arts, Accounting, Finance, Business Analysis, and Statistics.
Jessica is known to be a music teacher who has high-standards, solid work ethic, strong communication skills, professional and positive attitude at all times. As more students register for her music education service, it gave an amazing opportunity where she could build on her past experiences and deliver exceptional results for all of her students. Through this music teaching experience, Jessica acknowledges that she gained valuable skills such as communication, leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork collaboration. Her goal is to pass on these valuable skills to her students as well as to share her talent and success to inspire others. She has the ability to manage time effectively, process important decision makings, and being attentive to details. She states that music has always been a huge aspect of her life and she will never let this other half go because she loves to see her students look up to her as a role model and grow up to be a well-rounded leader someday. Her main priority and responsibility is her diverse group of students who she will never give up on. Her students are known to be her best friends and they play a great part of her music family.
She plans to incorporate her Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management and any business-related designation titles into her music school to expand development. A common question she gets asked: "Why are you studying Accounting and Finance in University and not Music?"
As a visionary entrepreneur and innovator, she wants to become a successful individual who is multi-talented or skilled. She does not want to dedicate her life to just one career. She wants to be able to keep learning something new every single day to make her life interesting and challenging. She strongly believes that there is always room for advancement and learning new things. Furthermore, she seeks the importance to never give up on dreams. If someone starts with a goal, they must complete that goal. Besides that, she hopes that her students will learn to understand that it is never too late to improve or accomplish a goal. With her two favourite interests in business and music, she felt that JQL Music & The Arts established both of her interests well together. Her mission is to educate and inspire as many students in her lifetime.
She started this music education service for two main reasons:
Jessica considers music education as a rewarding contribution to cognitive development and academic potential. She approves all the benefits people say about music education: (1) sharpens memory, (2) refines organizational skills, (3) teaches discipline, (4) promotes social skills, (5) enhances coordination, (6) advances mathematical ability, (7) improves reading and comprehension skills, (8) exposes students to cultural history, (9) fosters self expression, and (10) increases self-confidence. Due to these benefits, research shows that students dramatically do better in other school subjects overall if they commit themselves to music training.
Along her journey, her professors, teachers, co-workers, and mentors always described Jessica .......
"...As an extremely hard-working and conscientious student who excels in all aspects of academia. She is highly motivated and her commitment to excellence is second to none. Jessica has set high goals for herself and surpasses those goals through her hard-work and dedication."
- Brad Hetherington, Mathematics Teacher at MDHS
"...As an enthusiastic woman, keenly interested in acquiring new skills and understanding. She has an excellent work ethic, and her academic high grades reflects her diligence and enthusiasm. She has always maintained high academic standings while pursuing her music studies with The Royal Conservatory of Music and teaching piano lessons. Jessica is an engaged creative student and works well with others."
- Norman Busse, Visual & Language Arts Teacher at MDHS
"...As an honours student and teacher. Her entrepreneurial and innovative spirit really shines when she established JQL Music & The Arts. Jessica engages her music students, encouraging them to strive for the best and achieve their own personal goals. Jessica has always demonstrated a strong commitment to her studies. Her persistence surpassed by none. Even when she occasionally struggles with her work or studies, Jessica uses these difficulties as an opportunity for improvement and a challenge to be accepted. She has extremely impressive diligence and work ethic. Jessica will always strive for excellence in all that she does because that is just who she is."
- Wendy Fitzsimmons, Mathematics Teacher at MDHS
"...As one promising student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the pure sciences of mathematics and several areas in her education. She is encouraged to pursue a post-graduate research and teaching career in the accounting and finance field. In addition to high academic performance, she shows a real understanding and a keen interest in all areas of education by acting as a mentor to other students, by engaging in specific projects that show her passion for these subjects, and by the general consensus among her teachers and professors that she demonstrates the greatest potential and is very likely to achieve challenging goals within her post graduate university studies in accounting and finance. She is by far one of the hardest-working students we have ever taught.”
- Department of Mathematics, MDHS
"...As an excelled academic person and is always an active and involved participant, adding to the learning environment. This clearly indicates Jessica's ability to be a team player. She focused her attention on obtaining outstanding academic results and achievements from her studies and work. Jessica is known to be someone who is quick to aid other students in their learning, providing clear explanations and ensuring fellow students gained the required level of understanding to move forward. She is a valued addition to anything she decides to accomplish and achieve. Overall, Jessica is a mature, thoughtful, and goal-oriented person."
- Else Grech, CPA, CA, OCT, M.A, Accounting Professor at Ryerson University's School of Accounting & Finance
"...As not only a successful individual who possess the typical dual characteristics of success - ability plus hard work - but in addition, she reflects upon experiences, and demonstrates an ability to think and question, and re-evaluate if necessary - a natural skill to her, and one likely honed by years of arts and music training. This is what sets her apart from other young people and will make her an asset to any institution."
- Jennifer Knelman, ARCT Teacher's (RCM), Mus. Bac. Perf. (UofT), Master of Music (UWO), Music Professor at University of Guelph, Private Music Instructor
"...As an outstanding student with excellent academic performance and great interpersonal skills. I believe her hard work experiences will be highly valuable in achieving her career goals. She strives to have a good understanding of learning theories and advanced analytical skills. Jessica performs exceptionally well, receiving an A in a course (compared with class average of B). She often raises questions in classes and actively participates in in-class discussions. I would rank her in the top 5% of all students that I have taught in the past five years. Jessica distinguishes herself from the rest of the class by interacting with me throughout the semester and showing great interests in real-world business issues. She is eager to learn how the knowledge learned in the classroom is related to practice and passionate about starting a career in the accounting and financial industry after graduation. She is also actively involved with the students group which regularly organizes social events with industry professionals. In closing, I believe that Jessica has the capacity to excel a career of her interest. She would be an absolute valuable asset in anything she attempts to achieve."
- Lu Zhang, Finance Professor at Ryerson University's School of Accounting & Finance
"...As an enthusiastic student and teacher, Jessica shares her infectious and admirable love of music. Her experience with different aspects of music seems to have complemented her altruistic approach of volunteering for music festivals and concerts. Her work as a substitute teacher and personal studio experience was expressed clearly. She has a lovely manner and demonstrates several ideas to entice a youngster in a first lesson. There are certain time considerations that could be addressed now especially since she has such energetic goals. Her confidence and knowledge with Edna-Mae Burnam's Dozen a Day and Hal Leonard arrangements was shared. Beginner book of choice for children was shared as Alfred's method although Piano Adventures is also used. Incorporation of improvisation and creativity is an added value of her beginner plan. She shows understanding of different learning styles too. Her organization of a practice plan has a sound foundation and her developed website with video tutorials are most impressive! Comprehension of studio policy necessity was professionally displayed, as was the embracing of technology within the studio.
A comfort with early child education was evident. Her teaching style and approach to various music concepts incorporates the high importance of musicianship. Her use of rhythm instruments are excellent experience. Rhythm components were explained in detail and her use of method books to explain pulse will allow for general understanding. Expression of duet playing is a good idea and ensemble elements are already features of her work with students. Melody projection and tone production could be areas that she research more fully as phrase contouring draws a lot from singing and breathing. Harmonically, she is aware of main features and been able to organize a wide amount of material with tremendous zeal. Imagery incorporated within her lessons to help demonstrate dynamic levels was fairly creative and should be effective. Discussion of articulation was thorough with imaginative exercises shown. Her treatment of structure and climax preparation was thought-out. An approach to phrasing with gestures and tapering was shared, and balance importance was communicated. Her friendly demeanor will serve the music teaching profession well. Impromptu solutions were intelligent and should enjoy growth as her studio experience widens. Brava!"
- Vanessa Hsu & Fiona Jane Wood, ARCT Piano Pedagogy Examiners at The Royal Conservatory of Music
"...As a team player who was aware of CRA values and demonstrated these values in the performance of her duties. She dealt with everyone professionally and courteously. She assured the confidentiality of all supporting data and information provided with her audits, and kept crown assets secured in accordance with CRA policies. She consistently showed professionalism, respect, tact and diplomacy when in contact with the public and colleagues. Jessica actively participated in all training sessions and demonstrated transfer of knowledge in her work. She took ownership of her work and responsibility and always discussed all significant issues in the cases assigned with the Team Leader. She is conscious of the audit hours and elapsed time in completing her files. She completed 3 files and all other files assigned to her are at the closing stage. She performed her duties in a diligent and professional manner. Jessica’s overall performance assessment resulted in achievement in all expectation. She met all the performance expectations as outlined in the performance goals set out at the beginning of her co-op term. Jessica continues in a path that she envisioned for herself. Keep up the good work."
- Raymond Jeyakumar, Team Leader & Senior Income Tax Auditor at Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
"...As the selected and successful recipient of The Ernst & Young Scholarship, who have declared as an Accounting major with overall academic excellence and demonstrated leadership qualities through participation in extra- co-curricular activities and have career aspirations to complete the Accounting Designation."
- Darryl Andrade, Assistant Director of Brand, Marketing, and Communications at Ernst & Young (EY)
"...As a certified music teacher at The Royal Conservatory of Music, she has a sincere, serious approach to pedagogy topics and development of professional music studio for her students, being respectful of the profession with great understanding of the differences between elementary and intermediate learners in terms of expectations and challenges. Her studio policies are firm yet polite, with a great focus of adding the importance of participation opportunities in studio events and concerts expected from her students. Her enthusiastic, stylistic, diverse teaching methods always connect theory and composition, using the latest comprehensive resources and technology. It is good that her pro-active, step-wise approach always involve ear training and listening activities with recordings to build awareness and enhance a student’s fundamental learning music experience. She explores engaging and motivational strategies to encourage her students’ learning by setting and supporting short/ long term goals for students to achieve. She has a detailed, interactive approach to problem solving, for instance, incorporating the use of percussion instruments for rhythmic development. To conclude, she recognizes the many pedagogical values and motivational benefits of music education."
- Peteris Zarins & Mitchell Cox, ARCT Piano Pedagogy Examiners at The Royal Conservatory of Music
"...As a certified educator, her professional teaching experience for the past several years has given her insight and an interesting perspective on students - such as expectations re: short & long term goals, performances at Seniors' centres, RCM exams, in house recitals, etc. Studying accounting at Ryerson, having big plans to open a music school, and hiring other qualified teachers, show enthusiasm for and a dedication to the vocation of teaching music. Her budgeting of time in a 1 hour lesson is reasonable: warm up, technique, working with the most difficult piece for at least 15 minutes, and musicianship skills. She also demonstrates flexibility with students by acknowledging their creativity and using technology with them for theory. When asked about developing critical listening with a student, her idea of having students record themselves to discern whether or not they are bringing out the melody or playing with accurate rhythm or expression is good. She also suggested demonstration by the teacher and getting feedback from the student.
When we had a discussion about teaching essential skills, she talked about the 3 vs 2 cross rhythm as being a major challenge. Dohnanyi, Dozen a Day and the original Hanon were mentioned as useful collections of exercises and she displayed much sympathy when asked about dealing with students suffering from performance anxiety. Her suggestions of listening to a recording, playing in one's mind or at a table instead of the piano were all valid strategies. Mention of projection/balance of 1 voice against the others, changes of tonality with episodes and cadences, articulations and ornamentation in Fugue playing are all fine.
When it comes to her performance of a teaching repertoire sample, she plays with a good calm tempo with a nice balance of melody with contrast between themes, spiritedly and well controlled that included elements of drama. There was a discussion about the repertoire sample, elaborating in depth about the different themes and their different characters, key changes with each theme. She plays in a highly individual and expressive style with good focus of melody, voicing of chords and communication of the shifting themes, keys etc. Nice rubato effects. The challenge of bringing out the melody was mentioned. She acknowledges what needs to be heard - singing style, phrase contouring, balance between hands and within the right hand. Good transitions between hands – nice 1-voice texture. Also, logical dynamic highlighting of tensions and ebbs throughout. Interesting characterization of the subject. She settles cadences with finesse. When asked about the tone and expression, she suggested learning the melody first and developing its expression and always moving forward with phrase structure."
- Helen Hardy & Christine Rhodes, ARCT Piano Pedagogy Examiners at The Royal Conservatory of Music
"...As an overall superior performing intern, she met all and exceeded performance expectations in respect to output, quality standards, execution of goals and assignments. She worked efficiently on her own and as a great team player, proving herself as a good resource throughout her time at General Electric Canada. As to her performance evaluation, her key strengths are the following: (1) Acts voluntarily in routine situations, (2) plans and organizes work and time effectively, (3) ability to learn is above average, (4) good quality of work, (5) has a creative imagination and a reasonable number of ideas, (6) excellent technical skills, (7) makes good decisions under specific circumstances, (8) adept at solving problems, (9) reliable in routine situations, (10) her interpersonal behaviour is congenial and helpful, works well with associates and seen as an asset in furthering co-operation and group harmony, (11) written communication skills are exceptionally clear, well organized and concise, (12) verbal communication skills are clear, well organized, and easily understood, (13) can fully adapt to recognize organizational structural, rules and policies. Lastly, I am very pleased and happy with her GE co-op learning experience presentation. The best part is that she covered a lot of information within the time allotted to her and chose all of the wordings and gestures very professionally. She was very confident and her presentation skills were very impressive."
- Ashok Gurbaxani, Team Leader & Senior Cash Application Specialist at General Electric Canada (GE)
"...As the Creative Director of Ryerson Global Management Group (RGMG), Jessica is well fond of and respected by her fellow student group members in the RGMG. The course union student group for Global Management Studies students in the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), the RGMG is the second largest course union in TRSM. Out of over 75 students who applied for executive roles and five students interviewed, Jessica was the applicant selected for the role.
One of the traits I admire the most about Jessica is her initiative. Based on my observations of Jessica in her Creative director role, few students in TRSM have the creative mindset Jessica possesses. Jessica’s role as demonstrated in her responsibilities is paramount to the success of the marketing department. Her experience, creativity, passion and patience allowed the RGMG to achieve all its major marketing objectives during the fiscal year. I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Jessica personally since 2014 and she has always been a student heavily involved in student life and academically inclined."
- Nasrudin Mumin, Former President of Ryerson Global Management Group (RGMG)
"...As a really good team worker who engaged with the team since the beginning and showed initiative by constantly approaching her colleagues to provide support where needed. She participated in several initiatives and training, where I saw her leading others. I know she is going to do great things with her continued success in her selected career and studies."
- Mariela Ramos Negroni, Director of Anti-Money Laundering/ Anti-Terrorist Financing & Compliance Internal Audit at Scotiabank
"...As an exceptional student who graduated from a very challenging academic program. I can personally attest to her technical skills and I can also vouch for her collegiality, commitment and work ethic. Her positive, optimistic personality is contagious and her leadership skills are impressive."
- Allen Goss, Associate Dean of Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
"...As a good team player with always a positive attitude. She takes initiative to act voluntarily in routine situations and demonstrates a willingness to take on different tasks that meets performance expectations in respect to output, quality standards, delivery of goals and assignments. She is reliable, congenial, and helpful. She works well with others and is seen as an asset in furthering cooperation and group harmony. Both her written and verbal communication skills are clear, understandable, organized, and concise. Lastly, good adaptation to recognized organizational structures, rules, and policies."
- Davina Tam, Principal - Accounting Standards Board, The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
For all those reasons, Jessica is a determined music teacher who will work to the best of her abilities to mentor students in becoming the best musician they could possibly become in the near future!
"I want to thank my teachers, family, and friends who believed in me and supported me from the very beginning of this journey. I am proud of the person i have become. I especially want to thank my mom for giving me the courage, motivation, and self-confidence to get me to where I am today. Without her especially, I do not think I would be as successful as I am today. She is the reason why I even started my music career and business. I hope that everyone will continue to stand by my side as my music experience grows. I am not done with the Royal Conservatory yet!"
- Jessica Ly
where music speaks... “Make music a part of you."
–JQL MUSIC & THe ARTS