As a child, Jessica Peresta fell in love with music as an escape from her tumultuous home life. Though she initially planned to travel the world as a concert pianist, she instead decided to give the gift of music to kids struggling at home or in school. So, she got her teaching degree and became an inner city school music teacher.

With no provided materials or past instructors to guide her, she created a curriculum that inspired confidence in kids through singing and movement.

When her school closed, Jessica left the classroom to learn how to teach online. Now, at The Domestic Musician, she teaches music teachers the steps and strategies to teach elementary music with ease, allowing her to impact kids all over the world.

Today, Jessica joins the podcast to share the story of how a beat up old piano changed her life, how a lack of resources led her to create her own highly effective teaching style, and why the membership model is a perfect fit for her life and work.

Key Takeaways

  • How learning to play the piano as a child led her to pursue a career as a music teacher.
  • What Jessica did to create her own teaching style when she had no resources and nothing to work from
  • How a focus on smiles and lightbulb moments led her kids to major breakthroughs.
  • The biggest doubt Jessica had about teaching online – and why it proved to be irrelevant.
  • How running a membership business gives Jessica the freedom to volunteer and spend more time with her children, while doing transformational work all over the world.

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Memorable Quote

  • “The momentum will come, so don’t just focus on the fact that things aren’t growing as much as you want them to in the beginning. It will grow if you just keep showing up and serving consistently.” – Jessica Peresta

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