As an Oboist and contemporary vocalist Jessica completed her BA in Music Performance at The Royal Irish Academy of Music Ireland followed by an MMus at the Royal College of Music London. Jessica has performed throughout Ireland and the UK with orchestras and ensembles including The National Symphony and National Concert Orchestras of Ireland.
Her interest in Music education and young people in particular led her to teaching in the UK where she specialised in contemporary voice, including musical theatre and has supported many students to reach their potential including achieving distinction at grade eight level.
Music Therapy was a special interest of Jessica's from a very early age in her musical career and In 2010 she completed her Masters in Music Therapy at the University of Limerick. During her studies she specialised in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities (including ASD) and adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Jessica now practices as a Senior Music Therapist extensively across Dublin and surrounding counties within a range of health care and community settings - these include Beechtree and Glengara park nursing homes, Bloomfield health centre, ASDI Autism initiatives, St. Michael's House, Central Remedial Clinic, Social Circle, Lois Bridges.
Jessica is attached to Royal Irish Academy of Music and DIT Ballymun Music Network She frequently presents workshops and information programmes using her carefully developed music therapy strategies to the corporate sector and to both healthcare and education providers and groups. Jessica is now providing an online Music Therapy service and workshops in response to present COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
Jessica gave an interview to Final Note magazine in October 2019 here
'Jessica is committed to Professional Continuity Development and is supervised on a regular basis in order to make sure that her methodology remains up to date and of the highest possible standard'.
Jessica Harris is also a board member of IACAT- Irish Academy of Creative Arts Therapists