have said about
their experience with me...
If I could sum up Jonna Rivers in three ways they would be; Inspirational, motivational and bursting with goodwill. Since coming to work – no, not work – to inspire at the high school, I have relished in watching her pupils blossom in confidence and talent under her direction. Jonna has a unique talent in being able to create a trusting and mutual respect in her method that allow each and every one who spends time with her to experiment, nurture and develop their individual styles and personal vocal qualities. The maturity of the material that the students are composing and performing is truly astonishing. Possibly the most important aspect of a truly great peripatetic teacher for a music department is knowing that we have Jonna’s complete support when it comes to extra-curricular activities. Jonna always finds time in her already busy life, to be there for her students in everything that they do- whether that be inside or outside of schools hours. It is that passion and drive that I love about her – Her goodwill, like her warmth and generosity knows no bounds. She is an invaluable colleague and has become an exceptional friend"
Head of Music
Llanidloes High School
When I was younger I used to express myself on the piano. It was the only way I knew how; my fingers did the talking. Lessons with Jonna could not have come at a more poignant time for me. She has helped me to attune to my breath, to my body and to my heart; to optimally realign and re-attune the blockages there and to connect it all to my voice. I have never sung and played piano before and in doing so I have reconnected to my past and present. The music, which I now prepare and play and sing in session, allows me to truly feel; something, which can be so painful yet so insightful and rejuvenating. Jonna does not just allow me to connect, but carries a level of total honesty and trustworthiness and of deep supportive listening that makes it tolerable to connect in this way. The facilitation of comfort, acceptance and validation in the expression of our ambivalent and painful feelings is, I have learned, one of the greatest gifts we can bestow upon another. Jonna possesses this gift. She is connected and true and I am finding a powerful form of emotional expression, communication and release that is distinctly mine. These are not just singing lessons or voice techniques. By listening to the whole person and facilitating connected vocal and musical expression, Jonna provides an embodied transformational experience that has reconnected me to myself and that makes me so fortunate to have met this unique, skillful and gentle soul."
Arts Therapies Wales
Jonna has a wonderful way with her, her spirit is so strong and this flows through her whole being and her voice seems to embody all that we can feel as humans- truly expressive and magic. I asked Jonna if she might be able to help me to reconnect to my voice. After a few minutes of working with her, I began to experience my voice as a form of pure life force , if a little dusty at first! Jonna is a brilliant teacher, she responds accurately in a way that makes total sense. She engenders a feeling of ease and confidence and has an intuitive 'knowing' about what is needed and how to open the body that contains the voice, through her knowledge of people, voice, yoga and breath work. She was able to guide me to my voice though the inner pathways of my body and mind until I felt I had rediscovered my voice. It was an astonishing feeling. My voice and the utter joy I feel through singing is returning to me and once again my journey through music is expanding. I remember saying "I feel like I'm singing right from my soul, letting my voice be free, it feels like I am sculpting sounds through my body, it feels amazing! Jonna is a true gem."
Jonna is a wonderful teacher and a beautiful person. I can highly recommend her work."
Founder College of Sound Healing
Jonna has a gift for drawing out the very best in her students. She is clear in her explanations of technique, absolutely precise in her instructions, and very insightful with feedback. These qualities, combined with her luminous energy and enthusiasm, make her an exceptionally inspiring teacher."
Jonna's Teaching Rating on a scale: 11 out of 10. Inspirational beyond words. Found my voice at my first session. Incredible people gatherer."
Jonna, you have taught my daughter Cassie so much more than the techniques of singing. You have been her inispiration by raising her confidence, her spirits, her aspirations and outlook towards life through music and song. You have brought out the best in Cass through your own positive attitude and which makes you much much more than just a singing teacher; you are the mentor that has touched her life forever. That said; Cassie now sings like a diva thanks to you" x
Thank you for your persistence and patience with my singing lessons as I have now discovered a talent that was previously unknown to me. You have a raw energy that instils confidence and assurance in all that you do and this is transferred in an enlightened way to all your students. I have seen you work with quite a few age ranges and your enthusiasm is passed through your embodiment, so that no matter what they feel their restrictions or inhibitions are, you can dispel these and encourage them. On a more personal note, during the previous winter before I came to you, I suffered from breathing problems, which are obviously related to the fact that I unfortunately smoked for forty years, of which I am not proud. Since attending your lessons this problem has virtually disappeared, so I am deeply in your debt. I do hope that at some future point I may once more participate in this wonderful experience and as Adele says in her song "You make me feel so young again."
I have special needs and Jonna has been amazing and so patient with me. I have gained so much self-confidence since having Jonna as my singing teacher. She's brilliant. Emma" x
Jonna, I rate your singing lessons 10/10 amazing. Having singing lessons with you managed to relieve all my tension and help me to express my feelings. I would come out feeling fresh and good about myself. You are the coolest singing teacher too!!" 💕 xxx
Jonna is an inspiring teacher who really helped me to believe that I can sing! Lessons with her are fun, challenging and life-affirming."
Jonna's teaching gave me back my confidence in singing, an incredible gift. Thank you! xxx"
Jonna is a wonderful singing teacher who has improved my confidence miraculously. She is bubbly and enthusiastic but also understanding. She inspires confidence, creativity and most of all the passion to sing!" :)
I am a very shy person, so just getting to a first lesson was a major challenge. But Jonna had been highly recommended by a friend for her warmth and openness to whatever way of learning suits you. I was impressed by my friend's power and confidence in her singing, so I thought I'd give it a go. Jonna was so welcoming and enthusiastic, and was able to spend as much time putting me at my ease as I wanted, so I was quickly able to get to a point where I could actually open my mouth and have a go at singing... no small feat! I would definitely recommend her because of her gentleness, bubbliness, and passion for singing and self-expression. She is joyful and inspiring!"
An inspiring teacher, full of fun, empathy and joy. We refer to her simply as "The Lovely Jonna" - what more can one say?"
From walking through the door of my first ever group singing lesson, I was met with the pure joy and sunshine that is Jonna. She is a fabulous teacher, has the voice of an angel and oozes passion for her love of music and in her teaching it to others. Her lessons were always full of fun and giggles and she gave me the confidence to enjoy singing again. Her awesome energy is contagious and I would highly recommend her classes"
A fantastic teacher, who has helped develop my daughter Alex as a singer and also to become more confident in herself. A lovely lady who will do as much as she possibly can to help in any way she can." Xx
Lynne Austin mother of Alex Austin
I am so lucky to have enjoyed two singing workshop weekends with Jonna, and have to say how nurturing, patient and encouraging she is. Her non-judgemental approach brings the best out in all those around her which creates harmony both musically and socially.
Jonna is just brimming full of enthusiasm and loveliness. You cannot help but do well under her gossamer wing"
Helen Purple PomPom
I love my lessons with Jonna because she strives to improve my singing and she has taught me so many things I never thought I needed when singing. I now know vital techniques, and I can't recommend her highly enough."
Jonna's natural passion & talent for singing & leading choir never fails to inspire & uplift me! My confidence & voice have improved immensely since singing & working with Jonna."
'Not only has Jonna been a great teacher in the sense that she has taught me the fundamental rules for projection, vibrato, tonality, strength and pitch, but Jonna has helped me to go much further than being a 'nice' singer. My lessons with her have taught me to break out of any comfort zone I had in terms of expression. From having lessons for two years, I have been able to lose all sense of an idea of what a 'good singer' sounds like, and I have been able to express 'me' as a singer, instead of relating to what people expected me to sound like. By helping me reach these places, Jonna has supported me in becoming an artist who I am proud to be. Her voice has been an inspiration for me; her emotion, technique and sense of dynamics have all been things that I've learned from. I never thought a teacher would have been able to provide so much for me, and I recommend her to anyone I cross paths with."
Ella Joy McGillivray
I have had the immense privilege of spending a long weekend with Jonna being taught how to improve my singing voice. It was one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever had. Her enthusiasm for singing is infectious, her voice angelic, her personality will melt away your fears and a tiny bit of your heart will be lost to her forever. Singing with Jonna will bring you joy and leave you feeling euphoric for days afterwards. I cannot stress enough what a difference this beautiful lady has made to my confidence, voice and demeanour in front of an audience. You have nothing to lose and she will give you her all. What are you waiting for?"
I have found Jonna to be an inspiring and gifted voice coach. She understands how to push and motivate you into getting the most out of your voice/performance and teaches with much wit and wisdom. Jonna's enthusiastic approach and encouragement has enabled me to have the confidence to now perform in front of audiences!"
Since starting with Jonna, my break has gone from an A to a C#! She is a wonderful person and a brilliant teacher that gives you confidence and moulds her lessons around you. Unlike some other teachers, she also gives you opportunities to perform if you want to. She helps you not just to improve your voice, but to become a performer and show your personality."
Jonna, there are so many things to say about you and what your teaching did to me. With your loving bubbly, warm welcome and amazing talent you helped me find my true potential, and really helped me learn different singing and breathing methods. You're such a confidence booster! Being able to sing anything anywhere is an amazing feeling and I wouldn't be doing it now if it wasn't for your guidance. Not only were you an amazing teacher you became an amazing friend. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to sing!"
Jonna has such energy, enthusiasm and skill...I will treasure what I learned and what I took with me from that singing workshop, life changing stuff...thank you!! " xxxxx
Jonna Rivers is an inspirational, encouraging, nurturing and highly skilled singing teacher, who coaxes the very best from you as an individual and as part of the group. She helps you to achieve things that you didn't believe possible. Working with Jonna in my role as a Drama Practitioner was a wonderful experience. She is generous and highly skilled in her field, and a joy to work with. I would highly recommend her as a professional musician to teach singing to individuals, groups or as a Musical Director."
I, along with many of my friends that sang in the community choir that was led by Jonna enjoyed her inspiring energy, myriad of musical knowledge, expert leadership, excellent sense of humour and the magical ability to put together a bunch of keen amateur singers in a room for an hour or so and enable them to create a sound most pleasing!!"
Jonna is a wonderfully patient and talented teacher, who has really helped me find confidence in not only my singing, but also in myself over the period of time I’ve been her student! Her lessons have improved my singing immensely. I’ve been taught by her for three years, and I’ve enjoyed every lesson I’ve had with her from the very start! Jonna, I honestly can't thank you enough for how much you've helped me! xxx"
Jonna's teaching style is one of pure encouragement, underpinned by knowledge and skill, and I would heartily recommend her to any budding singer - from terrified beginner to confident performer. She is warm and funny and she certainly bettered my singing style over the weekend of lessons.xxx"
Jonna is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their singing skills. I found her to be very encouraging and easy to learn from - if she can get me singing I'm sure she can get you singing too!"
I have had the great privilege of singing with Jonna on many occasions, both within singing workshops, as well as part of a small singing group. Jonna's own beautiful evocative voice is her magical tool which she uses to great effect, as she naturally leads us along, through a wide variety of songs. She has a very special way of engaging with singers of all abilities and experiences. She makes everyone feel confident and comfortable within the group situation and has a natural ability and knowledgeable expertise that ensures the production of the very best of harmonious sounds! Very satisfying it is too! Jonna's delivery is fun, genuine, warm and leaves you very much looking forward to the next singing session. Thoroughly recommended!!"
"Loved singing with Jonna. She puts you at ease straight away with her infectious humour and energy. An amazing uplifting experience, whatever your ability"
Jonna is an inspirational teacher who brings music forth from the most unmusical people (like me). Her lessons are fun and full of laughter, and the sound she brings forth are wonderful!"
Well your advert was via a good friend, who advertised your choir in Newtown. I was in need of healing and a new direction... So I tentatively enquired, you have to understand that I was indeed nervous as I had been diagnosed as hard of hearing some two years earlier and have two hearing aids. I came to your choir meeting and to my dismay I soon felt at ease and began to smile I did not come clean until the end when I told you the truth about my hearing loss.. I can hear myself but in a busy environment I miss so much.. So I thought I was singing in tune but did not quite trust myself!. You said (and I believe you... because you are a truly lovely person) that not only did I sing in tune but that I had a strong voice. You will never know how much that meant to me, or how much I gained (not only musically) from our weekly choir meetings. Friendship, camaraderie and confidence... and love" xx
Jonna is so incredibly talented and encouraging and has helped me so much! Singing lessons have not only benefited my singing, but my confidence. Thank you!!'
I have had the pleasure of co-running several singing workshops with Jonna and each time they have been a huge success with people feeling totally supported and energised by her effective, loving and often humorous teaching style.
She has a mesmerising voice and shares her gift with such generosity and infectious enthusiasm she never fails to bring out the very best in everyone lucky enough to be taught by her."
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