Jane Yii

Jane Y.

Ridgefield, WA

About Jane Y.

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Jane teaches: Ages 5 to 25
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday


I am a music teacher for Children and young Adults. I teach age range 5-25! I make learning music FUN AND EASY! I teach a reading skills based program interfaced with learning by ear and tablature. Kids learn how to read music, read music charts, and how to listen and learn by ear. I custom fit their lessons according to what they want to learn, and teach them music theory on the side!

I made a life and career of music (ten CD's released, two PBS Documentary soundtracks, Two EMMYS, multiple songwriting awards) and performance and now get to pass the musical torch on to the little ones so that they have the songs in their hearts and the skills in their hands! Music has been an integral part of my childhood and my adulthood.

MUSIC has been the best friend I could ever have, and I still have it!

I have a studio full of fun gear, different instruments and cross train with all of them!

We play music TOGETHER!!
I put the US back in mUSic!

I teach beginning lessons in guitar, bass, piano, Drums and singing to kids and young adults AGES 5-25. I especially love working with beginners as it is so important that your first musical experience makes you CRAVE more.

I know how critical the first few lessons are in connecting with one's inner creative child, and freeing the spirit to create and sing and play! I make learning fun! I am very sensitive to our lessons being enjoyable, and am willing to change what we are doing at the moment, if the student is getting bored or frustrated. It is most important to me to keep that love and enjoyment of music in the forefront of the lessons. Smiling is encouraged!

You can expect to learn fun music and be able to play/sing something well within the first 3-6 months of lessons, if not sooner. Lots of kids go home playing piano songs with both hands after the first lesson!

I encourage all my students to cross reference all the instruments in my studio. That way you become a multi-instrumental musician rather than just a guitar player, or a piano player. We work out guitar strumming rhythms on the hand drums first, to teach rhythm and hand/brain coordination. We learn how to count by playing DRUMS!

I also encourage recording our songs as a student improves. This way the student/parents can see the progress made in lessons and have recordings as proof of these accomplishments! We usually start recording in the first month of lessons, so that you have something tangible to see your progress!

I use the Hal Leonard series for teaching guitar and bass, and the Thompson and Jr Hanon Series to teach piano. I teach singing by using old jazz standards and musical exercises. On all instruments, We learn scales, triads, arpeggios, chords, and how to read music! I sneak Music Theory into every lesson, and before you know it, You are a Musician!

My goal in life is now to pass on as much love of music as I can to my students. Music is fun, can be made challenging while staying fun, and can cure a majority of personal ills, by giving you the outlet to express yourself and the means to create beauty and art out of your life's experiences.

Photos and Videos

This is Ayden after a month of lesson!


Private Music Intructor

Jan 2014 - Present

I am now a self employed music teacher for children 5-20, special needs kids, and LGBTQ kids.

Music Teacher

Apr 2009 - Present

Live Performance Artist

Mar 1977 - Present
Jane Y Music, CecilyJane Music, Inc.

No Info Available.

Music Teacher (Florida)

Oct 1995 - Jun 2007
CecilyJane Music, Inc.

Private lessons for children and adults. Guitar, Piano, voice.



Jan 1986 - Jan 1987
Santa Fe Community College

Music (voice/flute/piano) and Agriculture(plant science)

Jan 1975 - May 1979
University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida

General Undergrad studies

Jun 1972 - Dec 1974
Okaloosa Walton Junior College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Licensed Cosmetologist (Oregon)

Jan 2008
State of Oregon, dept of Professional regulation

Kept current through Continuing Ed. 2015

Licensed Cosmetologist (Florida)

Jan 1986
Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL

Kept Current through Continuing Ed. 2015



Sep 2002

Best Overall Songwriter 1994

Jun 1994
South Florida Folk Association

Best New Florida Folk Song

Apr 1993
Will McLean Folk Festival, Dunellon, FL

Class Poet

Jun 1973
Choctawhatchee High School Class of 1973
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51 Reviews on Jane Y.

Jimmy Nov 11, 2015
Drum · In studio
With three years training with her on piano, guitar and drums, I can say that I have a pretty good merit to judge Jane. She's honest and brazen, loud and proud, but most of all, if you stick with her long enough, more than just a guitar teacher or whatever. With three years spent with Jane, I made a friend. So, if you want your kid to go to lessons, come home and not have an experience, Jane is not for you. If you want your kid to have another person caring for them each and everyday, and learn some bass on the side, I would highly recommend Jane Yii to you.
Sydney P. Sep 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
With one kid on drums and the other on the piano and Mom and Dad joining in, our family looks forward to playing music together. Jane was great for the first time lesson jitters and had her on drums to find the beat too!
Ayden P. Sep 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Jane was awesome! She had the entire family playing music together and now my son AND husband are playing drums together. Looking forward to playing as a family and finding joy and bonding in music.
Wanda R. Sep 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jane is a caring person who wants to share her love of music with others. She goes above and beyond any expectations anyone could have of a music teacher. When my son and I needed help knowing what kind of guitar and piano to buy, Jane met us at Music World to help fit the guitar and find a piano that would best fit our needs. She did this free of charge out of the kindness of her heart.
Jane doesn’t teach music for the money. She teaches it because she loves sharing the love of music with her students. One thing I love about Jane is she follows my son’s interest. We originally signed up for guitar lessons; but my son couldn’t help but fall in love with her drums in her studio. We now have a drum set, an electric piano, electric guitar, ukulele, and a guitar all set up in his room. He goes through phases of what he wants to play. He enjoys all the instruments and I love that Jane knows how to teach all the instruments.
When his friends come over they have a blast. I thought the drums would be the death of me, but I love listening to him play. When I hear those loud drums I know he is having the time of his life. He isn’t sitting in his room staring at a screen playing video games. He’s making music and he’s using his brain.
Jane is so good at making changes and engaging my son. She is patient and observant. She reads kids like she reads music. She knows when she needs to change things up to keep my son interested. She’s an amazing teacher and I feel so blessed to have her in our lives.
She gives my son confidence and builds him up and shows him how talented he truly is. It brings tears to my eyes to hear him play, tears of joy and happiness. We couldn’t have found a better teacher.
Wanda Russell
Patti K. Aug 26, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoy Jane's excitement and energy, and I think we'll have a lot of fun.
Shellie Aug 3, 2015
In studio
Jane was my room mate for about 2 years and I observed her dedication to teaching music to her students. Seeing them succeed and be able to perform was always a treat as I went to her and her students rehearsals and performances. Seeing her students succeed in all aspects of their lives is a top priority for Jane.
Barry Jul 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ms Jane has been a fantastic teacher of music to our two children, 12 & 13yrs. She has taught mainly guitar and piano and at times drums and bass to them both. She is a strong determined teacher who wants to see her students gain a clear understanding of musical instruments and learn how to play skillfully the instrument of choice. Thanks Ms Jane your work with our kids has been greatly appreciated.
Cecilia Jul 28, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
She works well with other musicians and this translates to her teaching. I enjoyed my time performing with her as well as informal jamming! Jane Yii is very talented and incredibly diverse. Such lucky kids!!!!
Joey Jul 23, 2015
I have known Jane for over 25 years and she is an excellent writer and musician! Her sense of humor and dedication make her the perfect candidate for teaching children. Once Jane decides she is going to assist or teach someone there is no hesitation on her part to giving her all.
Ann O. Jul 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jane was a great fit for my 7 year old son. He was interested in learning piano, but wasn't quite ready for the rigors of disciplined practice and instruction. Jane was very patient with him, yet still kept him focused on learning and exploring music. When he was clearly unable to focus on piano instruction, she would shift him to drums or play games with him to better learn his notes and rhythms. Time was never wasted, and he always left with a spring in his step. When I struggled to get him to practice at home, she always had great ideas and strategies to keep him engaged. Jane's passion is teaching kids to gain a life long love of music and to incorporate it to become a part of who they are.

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