What Anna Teaches

General Musicianship: time feel, ear training, expression, rhythm, tone production, individual artistry


  • My technique approach can be summarized like this: giving yourself more color options, and knowing that your voice can make so many different sounds when you have a fundamental understanding of how to use techniques

  • Breathing, support, air flow - the key to all healthy singing

  • Placement and register transitions, compression

  • Mix voice - what is it, and how do I do it?

  • Expression

  • Improvisation in the jazz/modern idiom

  • Jazz style and the non-jazz stylings

  • Styles taught: jazz, musical theater, singer-songwriter style, pop/folk

Pedal Harp:

  • Making sure we have a strong technical foundation with good sound production, agility, and nuance

  • Harmonic and chordal understanding in regards to how it works with the pedals

  • Comping patterns for different styles

  • Improvisation

  • Rhythmic freedom

  • Self-accompanying, or accompanying others

  • How to use the harp in a band setting


  • Tools for developing ideas

  • What is a strong melody, chord progression, or gesture

  • Writing lyrics - how to access what's already inside you

  • Tools for getting out of a rut

  • Music theory - harmonic/melodic understanding, notation

  • Instrumentation and orchestration

  • How to arrange what you wrote for different ensembles


Bachelor of Music, Jazz Voice

Graduate Artist Certificate in Performance, Jazz Harp/Voice

Although it's not the majority of how I spend my time anymore, I love teaching and working individually with each of my students towards their unique goals! Before re-locating to Boston, I held a position as adjunct professor in jazz voice at the University of North Texas. I have several years of experience teaching students from high school age up to college and professional levels.

I only keep a couple or so students at a time to make sure I have time to give each student the attention they deserve. That being said, don't be afraid to reach out if you are interested in lessons! I love working with people who have ambitions for their growth.

Studio Policies
Please send an email to anna(at)annajalkeus.com briefly describing your experience in the lesson area, and I will get back to you to work out the details. No commitment necessary to schedule an initial 30 minute lesson.
Rates 2020:
In studio:  $70 - 60min
Online:  $65 - 60min
Initial 30 min evaluation lesson: $45
Cancellations must be done 24 hours in advance. Payment is due at the time of the lesson.

My home studio is located in Roslindale, MA. 


As a general rule, I only accept intermediate and advanced students. If you are unsure of your level, don't be afraid to reach out! If there's room for you on the roster and our student/teacher relationship seems to be working well I am not against taking students of all levels.

Student Testimonials