With students at Tessa’s “Various Paths to Songwriting” clinic for Suffolk County Music Educators Association Day of Jazz

I love teaching and am inspired by every student. I am available for individual lessons as well as master classes and clinics – all ages and levels from beginner to advanced.  If you would like to schedule a lesson (Skype or in-person) or have any questions, please email me at tessa@tessasouter.com.

Two incredible singers and educators have had a huge influence on my life and music. Legendary jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, mentored me in exchange for running his private lessons and monthly workshops. I learned so much working with him one-on-one, as well as overseeing and partaking in his workshops for four years. I was also lucky to work and study with the great Sheila Jordan, NEA, who first suggested that I should teach. Self-taught until my early 40s, the blessing of being coached by these two wonderful musicians was like putting on seven league boots.

Teaching a vocal master class at Minsk Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus


It was a pleasure having you join us at our Day of Jazz! The students and teachers loved your clinic! Feedback from all that attended has been super positive! Thanks for sharing your time and talents with all of us!Pat Kononan-Grebnesi, Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association

“I coached with Tessa when I was in the midst of recording my EP and writing new songs – I knew I needed to be on a fast learning curve. Tessa was right there with the support I needed. For the EP, she talked me through how to handle certain new experiences, from the session itself to the final mix. For the songs, she was quick to identify what was working and what needed work. Tessa is smart and talented, and funny to boot; she is a generous master, someone who has no fear of sharing the wealth of knowledge she has gained as a working singer. She will be in your corner, and you will be the better for it.” – Kate Chaston vocalist