Learn to read music notation and pluck the guitar strings with the right hand fingers. Learn to play classical melodies through learning guitar technique and chordal accompaniments.
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves in
to ways to correct the weaknesses.
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics digital recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only) harmonica various rhythm instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.
Here's to your success!!!
Casandra D. October 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is a great teacher and shows that she knows her music
Nick H. August 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
The hour felt like a couple of minutes. That must be good, methinks. Great start to my guitar lesson series
Jenny R. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is great! Very patient and helpful - really enjoying our lessons and learning so much!
Berklee College of music (USA) 5. Musical experience: 16 years teaching, recording and playing with different Bands and Groups In (Colombia - Canada- USA) 6. What motivates you to be a great teacher?I Love to teach,I Love the students faces when they say ,"we are learning , Now we know how to play Guitar and read Music",I am motivated to be a positive influence in my student's lives by opening their minds to new ideas, and constructing knowledge that will be beneficial to them. Education is the stepping stone to their future. 7. Any current musical groups you are playing with: Diego De Caceres Trio, Rumba Catalana Ensamble,Blues Cuarteto
Diego was born in August 24, 1979 in Bogotá (capital of Colombia). He grew up into a musical family where his father played guitar and singed opera with his mother. He discovered at an early age (5) that he had a natural talent for playing the guitar, and his passion was fueled by the music that he listened to at home as a child. At age 13, with a guitar that his father gave him, he initiated his musical studies, eventually led to formal studies at the school of arts Jovenes Tejedores (1999), under the instruction of the professor Omar Beltran, focusing on traditional Colombian music Later
, entered to be part of the school of rock with the instruction of professor Teto Ocampo (ex guitarist of Carlos Vives). In addition, he studied in the academy Luis A Calvo, a prestigious music school in Bogotá (Colombia), where he studied classical guitar, tiple, bandola, Colombian pacific music and Colombian Atlantic music. He studied classical guitar with maestro Mario Riveros, flamenco guitar with professor Roberto Martinez, electric guitar with professor Amir Calzadilla. Upon graduating as a music instructor, Diego began teaching the skills he had acquired throughout the years. Diego left Colombia and came to the United States in 2006 to continue with his musical studies. Entered to be part of the project “factor Guitar” with the flamenco guitars Alejandro de la Fuente and Miguel Grieco; They perform at many prestigious places like Ritz Carlton Hotel , portofino hotel gaylord palms hotel and others widely throughout Orlando and Miami areas. Having fallen in love with flamenco music, Diego began to perform and record solo. In 2008 he released his first CD “Cantos De Mi Guitarra” with all original compositions with melodic, classical guitar and mellow Latin jazz, with a Spanish and Latin American influence. Diego de Caceres studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of music with the more famous teachers of Berklee, Tim miller, Bruce Saunders, Larry Baione, Rick Peckham, Robin Stone and now he is a Certified teacher From Berklee college. Currently, Diego is working on his new album Rumba catalana with a very strong catalan Flamenco infuence.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very patient teacher, I love when my students say, "I'm understanding everything", I repeat 100 times until my students learn clear ideas and concepts. It's very important enjoy the class and have fun.
students will learn methods of improvisation, phrasing, scales, chords, rhythms, Favorite songs, fretboard mastery, and sound conception that are essential guitar techniques.
Many beginning guitarists have learned the basics of open and moveable chord shapes, but aren't sure how or why the individual notes within the chord work so well together, or the ways by which they can expand this chord knowledge to unlock the fret board of the guitar.
Scale study is a fundamental building block to guitar mastery. Accomplished guitarists use scales to add color, mood, depth and feeling to their playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Imac computer with printer Electric Guitars: Parker, Ibanez, Jackson Acoustic guitars: Cordoba, Yamaha, Ibanez. Amp: Fender Music stands, Pedals, and books.
Paul W. November 7, 2014
Flamenco Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I have just completed my third lesson with Diego and I am more than pleased. He is a phenomenal guitarist and an excellent teacher. He is motivated and truly loves doing what he does. He covers everything from techniques, body mechanics and music theory. I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to learn the wonderful art of Flamenco Guitar.
Maria A. September 24, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My child had an excellent experience with Diego as he was always very courteous, professional and well prepared for us. I would recommend Diego as an instructor to surely help you achieve your learning goals.
Juan L. December 30, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Excellent customer services
Diego M. has a great teaching skills, he acts very professional, excellent communicator, very patient and flexible. I can recomend him to anybody, that is really interested in learning how to play guitar.
I will help you develop your skills on the guitar from sight reading to chord comping. I work with students from all levels of proficiency from beginners to advanced. I will focus on your individual needs and custom design a learning program for you.
With a bachelors degree in music from Rutgers University, I began teaching guitar over 20 years ago. I have recorded with Larry Coryell and many other artists over the course of my career. My teaching style is direct and to the point. We will go through all the necessary theory of music and apply it to the fretboard to unleash your creativity. If you are looking to advance your style beyond what you thought you could not play, lets get started with some lessons. With certification on ProTools, I have recorded and worked with Jon Anderson(Yes), as a producer and engineer. I can teach you the
art of recording and editing for music production.
*** Lesson Details *** Fretboard fingering positions. Music Theory. Scales and modes. Fingerpicking. Hybrid Picking. Legato vs. Staccato playing. Reading charts. Comping Soloing.
*** Studio Equipment *** ProTools 11.2 fully equipped recording studio.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide instruments, amplification. Also audio equipment for teaching digital recording.
*** Specialties *** Specialize in jazz performance, progressive rock, music theory, guitar technique.
Rick Payne August 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dennis makes you comfortable right away. Very easy to relate to. He moves at a pace his students are comfortable with. I look forward to MANY more lessons.
Timothy Z. December 14, 2013
Dennis is an all around great teacher. He is easy and comfortable to work with, but knows exactly how and when to get things done. Most importantly for me, Dennis was able to let me know which things I needed to work on to better my musicianship while also helping me figure out how to utilize what I had already accomplished to achieve new goals. As a metal player getting into jazz improvisation I had some really strong skills and many things that needed serious work. Dennis was able to help me use my strengths from previous experience to become better at something entirely new.
Mindful of tradition, but more interested in innovation, Dennis has a vast knowledge of modern styles, chord progressions, chord shapes, and scales you can't just learn from any guitar teacher. You can hear it on his record; Dennis is just as much of an individual in his playing as he is in his teaching. Unfortunately due to relocation I can no longer take lessons from Dennis but he got the ball rolling for me into new worlds of guitar playing and musical thinking that has been incredibly valuable to me.
Pati V. December 11, 2013
I decided to re-kindle my guitar playing skills after putting down the instrument for several years and not knowing what results to expect. I was amazed to find my ability to play quickly returning while taking lessons with Dennis. He was patient, encouraging and always professional and courteous. I am now practicing every day and continue to progress. I would encourage anyone seeking a skilled and talented instructor to sign up with Dennis. He has versatility with many different styles of playing and accomplished at them all.
Students can expect a knowledge and theoretical based training in development of the classical guitar. Being able to play well with the knowledge of what they are doing.
Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, an
d performing live.
*** Lesson Details *** Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. Starting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress. Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook
*** Specialties *** I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.
Vicki K. October 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I love my new instructor, Damien! So thankful for your approach!!!
Isabelle October 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Very laid back and easy to follow
Susan S. October 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Damien is the best instructor I have ever had and I took lessons from multiple teachers for over 15 years for piano, keyboards, and guitar. He is extremely knowledgeable, talented, and personable. He has a structured and comprehensive approach to music theory and teaches from a socratic method which I love, although he tailors his approach to fit each student's personality and skill level. I have had instructors in the past who taught by ear and could not increase my knowledge base or skill level in reading music and understanding music theory. Damien's style and approach is driven by his education and experience and is the best I have ever encountered. If you want to just have a little fun learning a few chords and songs, or you want to become an accomplished musician, he is the best choice.
Heavy emphasis on technique (specifically right hand), tone production (making sure your guitar sounds good), and reading notation. These aspects are the core elements of any good classical guitar player.
I usually like to cover at least some sort of technical work every lesson, followed by building a basic repertoire of music
My name is Christian L. and I am a 26 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, a
nd performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.
Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learning style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.
Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:
Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.
This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.
I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.
One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.
For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
Justin Kirschbaum September 27, 2015
Music Theory ·
In studio Verified Student
Honestly I couldn't have picked a better teacher. Above all else, Christian really takes the time to help you understand what he's teaching and how to apply it to your own playing. I've been playing guitar for 10 years now and before I started taking lessons from him, I never knew how much I didn't know. Every lesson is fun and engaging and definitely well worth the rate. Bar none.
Paul K. October 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Christian is a career guitar performer and instructor. He is fluid on the fretboard and the blackboard. Not only is he knowledgeable about technique and composition but his acumen of contemporary guitar history is comprehensive, I can't believe I got so lucky to have chosen Christian first round on TakeLessons by simply reading his bio. He has instilled in me the desire to become a better player and increased my enjoyment of the instrument tenfold. Thanks Christian!
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Frank
"Classical guitar lessons with David
Off and on since my 20s I've fooled around with guitar lessons but never lasted very long. I am 62 now. I relayed thi
s to David and he laid out an organized plan for systematic improvement. But he was very honest with me about the importance of good practice habits. I've been with him almost 5 months and showing progress. His enthusiasm and patience is appreciated. Thanks, Dave."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Rahul
"Ken is an awesome teacher and an great person. He teaches my 5 year daughter and she loves his lessons and his jovial approach. Within 4 weeks, she has pi
cked up a lot of things and is improving day by day. He is patient as you ought to be with the kids and yet persistent enough to stick to the task.
I am really looking forward to them picking up songs in the coming lessons. I will recommend him anytime and completely vouch for his credentials and ability as an excellent guitarist as well as teacher."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Lida
"A Great Teacher
John is a great teacher, encouraging, knowledgeable and flexible. I would recommend him for any level of lessons."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Michael
"Before I took lessons with Dave, I had no background in classical playing or reading music at all. Considering the school I aspired to attend was complete
ly based on classical guitar as opposed to electric, I needed to do major work on this foreign style. Dave was recommended to me by Professor James Piorkowski of the Fredonia School of Music, and within a matter of four months I went from not knowing how to properly play to passing the audition at Fredonia. His teaching method allows one to expand on their technical abilities on their own volition throughout the time off of lessons, as he provides a document listing major points to work on. He is incredibly personable and will work diligently to make sure every student is treated without the cookie cutter format that plagues so mamy younger musicians. Dave, I want to personally thank you for all your help thusfar."
Buffalo, NY teacher:
Review by Chu
"Brad was very capable, and worked with my three teenage boys very well. They enjoyed learning from him, and they definitely improved!
When finals time
came around for him, he had to cancel a couple of lessons unexpectedly. Then I heard that he moved away this summer, so we have to go to a new teacher. His overall communication with the parent could have been better."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by kem
"Guitar teachers are a dime a dozen.
Stelios is one in a million.
Next to every review of a teacher you'll see a rating of 1-to-5 stars. For me Ste
lios gets a 10.
I'm always sorry when my lesson with him ends. Each time he impresses me more. And each time I feel I've improved. He's got me playing classical pieces I never thought I could play. I'm amazed at how much he knows and how beautifully he plays. And any style.
What a talent. What s nice guy. And what a teacher.
If he's got slot open I recommend you grab it.
You won't find better."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mary
"Jan is not only an excellent guitarist and performer, but he knows how to help others achieve excellence as well. He is very patient and helpful to people
-- like me -- who are not natural born musicians. He's very encouraging and makes the lessons fun. He knows how to stretch students without boring them to death. Thanks to his teaching techniques, I can play at a level that I never imagined."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Hannah
"I have taken class guitar, private lessons, and guitar ensemble with Jan. All of which were both fun and very educational. He is very patient, excellent a
t explaining technique and theory, and chooses pieces that are fun to play and that will help the student improve their technique and musicianship. In addition, he relates well to students of all ages and musical backgrounds. I would highly recommend Jan to anyone who is interested in learning to play guitar or improving their skills."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Porter
"I studied classical guitar with Crispin for about five months, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher. Crispin is versatile, easy to work with and
good at adapting to whatever your musical goals are. I went from being an absolute beginner to being able to play a simple Bach arrangement in a matter of months. I would also add that Crispin is one of the most well-rounded musicians I know—so—you’re in Good Hands!"