Jenifer Tobiasz grew up in the small town of Wenham, Ma. and began singing and playing piano at the age of four. She honed her skills first in church choir, and later in
school choruses, select harmony groups, talent shows, musicals, etc. She was the youngest-ever member to be accepted into the Northeast District Senior Chorus and be awarded a solo. At the age of twelve, she was chosen to sing in the Hollywood movie, “Race for Glory,” starring Peter Berg and Alex MacArthur. She has been singing, playing piano, and writing songs ever since.
She went to Wagner college in New York City at age sixteen, after receiving an academic and music scholarship, where she double-majored in psychology and philosophy and minored in music. At age nineteen, she became a published poet, and was awarded “International Best Amateur Poet,” by the Library of Congress. She got accepted as a full-time student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and decided to leave Wagner College in NYC to pursue her dreams of becoming a full-time musician.
Jenifer began professionally performing locally and regionally. Her first band’s shows were often announced on Kiss 108. She participated in the “Natural Singer Workshop,”
led by acclaimed producer Claude Stein, who has worked with artists from Atlantic, Sony, and Universal Records, among others. Jenifer also began recording cds, which have received international radio airplay all over the United States, Europe, and Mexico. On Jenifer’s first cd, “Ghosts in my Closet,” Billy Joel’s guitarist, Dave Brown, played guitar. She has also been backed onstage by Stevie Wonder’s backup singers, and Miles Davis’s former drummer, Kenwood Dunnard. Her music can be found on ITunes, Spotify, YouTube, cdbaby, etc. She continues to perform, record, produce, and write songs for other artists.
Jenifer began her teaching career about eighteen years ago at Peak Performance in Essex, Ma. She then joined the teaching staff at the Fabulous School of Music in
Beverly, Ma. and the West Newbury School of Music in West Newbury. After a decade of teaching voice, piano, and songwriting, she decided to open her own private teaching business in Danvers. In addition, Jenifer also teaches group songwriting clinics for those students who prefer to learn in a group setting, as well as running “The Artist’s Way” group clinics for anyone interested in incorporating more creativity into their lives. Jenifer’s goal as a teacher is to foster a lifelong love of music in her students. She believes in encouraging and inspiring students to find their true and natural voice, whether as a singer, pianist, or songwriter. Therefore, she believes in involving the student in individualizing the lessons to meet their particular goals. Jenifer teaches children and adult students. Her positive attitude and clear love of music is evident in her teaching style.
Jenifer Tobiasz teaches the top music industry vocal method taught to artists such as: Leann Rimes, Mary J. Blige, Lenny Kravitz, Toni Braxton, Annie Lennox, Usher, Bjork, Ozzy Osbourne, Liza Minelli, Eddie Vedder, Janet Jackson, 3 Doors Down, Goo Goo Dolls, Boys II Men, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, TLC, Sade, Seal, Axl Rose, Chris Cornell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scott Weiland, Joss Stone, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, and Shania Twain, among others. As you can see from this list, the technique works for all genres of music: pop, rock, folk, jazz, blues, gospel, heavy metal, R&B, country, etc. Jenifer’s method combines elements of the Bel Canto (“beautiful sound” technique), Gary Catona’s Voice Building Method, and utilizes components of the ancient philosophy of the Tao as it relates to singing.
The main concept behind Jenifer’s technique is that vocalizing is an athletic endeavor which engages the musculature of the pharynx, larynx, diaphragm, rib cage, spine, jaw,
tongue, cranium, and hard and soft palates. An individual sings with muscles. Therefore, by making the parts of the body used for singing stronger, one would attain a better singing voice, with increased range, power, volume, flexibility, better pitch, decreased nasality, greater dynamics and more endurance. All of this is achieved with no strain on the vocal cords.
Singing should not hurt!
The two components focused on during lessons are breath control and “the container.” Since the voice rides on air, much time is spent teaching the proper breath technique, with primary focus on the diaphragm. This is the way martial arts are incorporated into this singing method using the Tao. Essentially, the body is divided into quadrants, and each of these quadrants are either quiet and at rest, or aggressive and strong while we sing. The second component, “the container,” focuses on the cranium, hard and soft palates, jaw, tongue, pharynx, larynx, etc. The student will be taken through a series of scale exercises from a beginner level through to an advanced level, which increase in difficulty and address each student’s individual vocal issues. The same is done with the breath segment of the program, until the student has completed the advanced level of the technique.