Jane Yii

Jane Y.

Ridgefield, WA

About Jane Y.

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Jane teaches: Ages 5 and 25
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2009
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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 University of Florida School of Music 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, duo - CecilyJane (5 years), and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ (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. My students often accompany me!

*** 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.

Once a student becomes proficient at reading and playing the instrument, they are invited to be a part of the HUMMINGBIRD BAND which does regular performances at local retirement homes and other local events and festivals. Bi Annual student recitals are also held at a local retirement home with a grand piano and Recital room.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez brands Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.
Crate Acoustic Amp and Roland Cube Electric Guitar Amp. Line 6 guitar amp.
2 Ibanez Electric Bass Guitars, Gallien Kruger 100w bass amp, Line 6 bass amp
Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier.
Roland D-50 Synthesizer Keyboard
Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard
Peavey KB 60 Keyboard amp
Peavey KB 2 Keyboard amp
Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard
Djembe hand drum, tambourine, shakers,
Alesis Drum Machine.
Yamaha Stage Custom 5 piece drum set.
Yamaha DP series 6 piece drum set.
Full Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems,
2 iBooks, Macbook and MacBook Pro, and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software.
Presonus Recording Studio interface, software and hardware.
Garage Band and Audio box USB interface
Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device.
Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones.
Shure, Audio Technica and Audix Performance Microphones,
ADK vocal and studio condenser microphones.
Flute, Clarinet,
All sizes of Recorders
Onkyo 100w Professional Stereo Amplifier with Magnovox and Technics Surround Sound speaker.
iPod 4, iPod 5, iPhone 5 (teaching app devices)
Djembe (hand drum)
*** 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. String instrument and woodwind students are required to bring own instruments. All Amps provided
Drum and Piano students are not required to bring any instruments or sticks to lesson, only binders.

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. Or bring $5 for replacement steel strings. Classical and electric to be done by music store in advance.

Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories, and a hungry student cannot focus.

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

This is a SHOES OFF studio, please and thanks!

*** Specialties ***
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!


Music Teacher

Apr 2009 - Present

Music Teacher (Florida)

Oct 1998 - Present
CecilyJane Music, Inc.

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

Live Performance Artist

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

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

Toured as Solo, Duo "CecilyJane" and Full REGGAE/SKA/POP Band: "SKATTERBRAINZ"

Jane has opened for Rita Marley, Jesse Colin Young, Aleka's Attic (River Pheonix's band) Tom Parks, Dave Mason, Eddie Money, The Suburbs, Indigo Girls, Sister Hazel, Four Squirrels, Pierce Pettis, John Hammond, and many others.

Currently Jane does performances at Retirement homes and local venues. She performs with various other musicians, primarily professional drummers from the area. She does not perform outside of the Portland area, due to her teaching schedule.



Jan 1986 - Jan 1987
Santa Fe Community College


Jan 1975 - Dec 1979
Univ of Florida

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.