Jane Y.

Jane Y.

★★★★★
★★★★★
26 Reviews
Ridgefield, WA

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner

About Jane Y.

Background Check: Last verified 09/19/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 6 to 16
Female Ages Taught: 6 to 16

Overview

A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.

Having toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and self produced 10 CDs, I have 3 EMMY AWARDS for soundtrack music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.

Playing acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums, I majored in Flute and Voice at UF and have spent my life immersed in and obsessed by the world of music.

I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music, and have toured as a solo act, a duo, a trio, and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ, for 8 years.

I teach lessons and classes full time, and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and community service.


*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons start with learning the names of notes, how to read music, a bit of music theory (time signature, sharps and flats) and how this translates to the instrument the child chooses. All instruments are taught by fingering first and then musical notes second. It is easier for the child this way, and he/she can be playing a song with both hands by the end of first lesson.

As the child learns the beginning steps of reading and implementing music, I encourage them to tell me what songs they like, and then try to find an easy one to start with.

So that while we are learning "real music" we are also having fun with a piece that your child enjoys and has "CHOSEN".

This way they have some discipline AND some fun!

As pieces are mastered, the same pieces can be redone on different, more difficult levels, so that pieces are always growing and improving.

Eventually the student can read music competently on the instrument, as well as hear and play by ear.

At higher levels I teach the ability to improvise and read music and chord charts in order to play professionally with other musicians. I also encourage students to get with other students and friends to have music "sessions." They can bring their musical friends to lesson to help learn songs for TALENT SHOWS or CHURCH or what ever their immediate needs or desires are. I can also record "Karaoke" tracks for songs they write or want to sing for talent shows/ auditions.

All lessons are custom designed for the student's abilities, tastes and goals. ALL LESSONS ARE DESIGNED TO BE FUN, and ENJOYED BY THE STUDENT as well as the instructor. I want both of us to have a great time in lesson and learn while we do.

See TRAVEL EQUIPMENT Below for INSTRUCTION MANUALS USED in my lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
STORY AND CLARK PIANO
Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez and Martin Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.
Crate and Roland Guitar Amplifiers.
Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar and Gallien Kruger amp.
Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier.
Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard
Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard
Djembe hand drum,
Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems,
MacBooks (3), iBook and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software.
Garage Band and Audio box USB interface
4 pc Tama Swingstar Drumset w/ Zildjian Cymbals
Recorder, tambourine, shakers, and Alesis Drum Machine.
Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device.
Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones.
Shure, Audio Technica, and ADK vocal and condenser microphones.
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorders
Autoharp and Thumb piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Student is expected to bring a three ring binder to lessons, to hold all lesson materials, as well as any other required Instruction Books. Sheets will be provided with sheet protectors for your binder.

JOHN THOMPSON MODERN COURSE FOR PIANO: First grade book $7
JR HANON for the Piano: Complete book 1 and excerpts from Book 2&3 $9
Hal Leonard Guitar Method COMPLETE EDITION (Books 1, 2 and 3) in one volume $15
Hal Leonard Bass Method $10

Please have new strings on guitars before the first lesson.

Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories!

FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio.

*** Specialties ***
FUN SONGS!
Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country!
Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!

Photos and Videos

This is Ayden after a month of lesson!

Experience

Music Teacher Apr 2009 - Present
Takelessons.com

Live Performance Artist Mar 1977 - Jun 2007
Jane Y. Music /Cecily Jane Music

Toured the East Coast for 30 years as a live recording and performing musician. Long Island to Key West.

Education

Music Jan 1975 - Dec 1979
Univ of Florida

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Best Overall Songwriter 1994 Jun 1994
South Florida Folk Association

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 26 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by For the love of music... Ms. Jane is amazing and her love for music and teaching students is apparent from the moment you meet her. Ms. Jane is teaching these children life lesson through music. My daughter loves her weekly music lessons with Ms. Jane, we are so glad we found Ms. Jane on Take Lessons!!!!! Thank you Ms. Jane for all your hard work and dedication to your students!!! June 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by It is well worth it We are so glad that we found Take Lessons. We are even more happy with Jane Yii as our son's instructor. We, as a family, are not musically inclined in any shape or form. It has been 10 months now, and we are so proud of our guitarist. He plays with confidence, and an understanding of notes and chords. Instructor Jane has shown that she has a wealth of knowledge of the music world. It is definitely visible in how our son has progressed. He has great admiration for her. May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patient and supportive with loads of praise My daughter is learning the piano and is quite unsure of herself and lacks confidence. She needs lots of reassurance and something extra to inspire her to practice. She practices every moment she can and is so proud of herself with what she can do since starting with Jane. It's one to one and totally set to her needs/level with a sprinkling of challenge without being overwhelming. As a parent I get online and verbal feedback from each session and can truly see the progress! February 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by innovative refreshing and talented Jane can inspire and re-energize a student to loving and practicing music with enthusiasm. She really connects with where the kids are at and helps them to grow. My son learns quickly and needs a challenge, Jane has taken that in her stride; she gets him playing the drums to warm up and then his guitar and singing at the same time and puts it all on CD. What kid doesn't love that kind of attention! So glad we moved to Jane for his lessons. February 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent teaching skills! We are loving the lessons with Ms. Jane. She breaks down each lesson to make learning fun and easy to understand. Using attainable goals each week for success and confidence building. We love the fact that she uses other instruments to make learning fun as well as exposing us to new instruments in the music world. November 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic Jane is a wonderful instructor. She has great knowledge of music and musical instruments. My son really enjoys learning from her. As a family, we are not musically inclined, but she has shown my son how to play the guitar. She makes it as if anyone can learn. I am so glad that we are able to have her as our son's teacher. July 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by she is awesome! so glad we found hermuch love, Lori and Sidney June 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by We love Teacher Jane! Jane has an amazing gift for bringing out the best in my son, Adam. She has adapted to his individual learning style, rather than following a "cookie cutter" teaching plan, which is very important with an autistic child. The progress he has made in the short time he's been with Jane is incredible! May 13, 2012