Jane Yii

Jane Y.

45 Reviews
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


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.

*** 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 and Roland Guitar Amplifiers.
Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar and Gallien Kruger amp.
Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier.
Roland D-50 Synthesizer Keyboard
Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard
Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard
Full 6 piece Yamaha Pro Studio Drum kit w/ Paiste/Zildjian Cymbals
Djembe hand drum, tambourine, shakers,
Alesis Drum Machine.
4 pc Tama Swingstar Drumset w/ Zildjian Cymbals
Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems,
2 MacBooks and 1 MacBook Pro, iBook 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, and ADK vocal and studio condenser microphones.
Flute, Clarinet, All sizes of Recorders
Nose Flute
Onkyo 100w Professional Stereo Amplifier with Magnovox and Technics Surround Sound speaker.

*** 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.

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 ***
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

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.

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.


Cosmetology Jan 1986 - Jan 1987
Santa Fe Community College
Music Jan 1975 - Dec 1979
Univ of Florida
Music (voice/flute/piano) and Agriculture(plant science) Jan 1975 - May 1979
University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Overall Songwriter 1994 Jun 1994
South Florida Folk Association
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45 Reviews on Jane Y.

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.
Karen Jul 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Jane was a true inspiration to me in 1979. Her guitar technique, her confidence and ease on the instrument were at a level that I always aspired to.
Joebeimon Jul 21, 2015
In studio
I have known Jane for over 40 years and can only say that I have seen her grow as a person and as a musician in every one of those years. The way she works at educating herself is a testament to the results she then can accomplish with her students. I recall sitting on a porch, a number of years ago, with a few players taking a break from a weekly jam session. I was a guest, I am not a musician. One of the guys said he had really struggled with an issue with his guitar work, and that Jane had showed him how to work it out. This was years after she had moved to the NW. When I speak with her, I am so happy that she has found her calling in life. To teach young people. She is one of the best musicians and friends any person could ask for. She is not only a teacher, but she also counsels folks who need her guidance in many aspects of life. She can repair most instruments as well as play them all. She told me "How can I teach anyone, if l can not play the instrument." She is a TREASURE and the Vancouver area is SO fortunate to have such a wonderful teacher to help them reach their ultimate potential.
Rose Jul 21, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Jane has delighted our senior residents at Brookdale Vancouver Orchards Retirement Living. She is an amazing, multi-faceted genius with children, teenagers, and seniors. Jane captivates the seniors with her ability to sing, tell stories, and play her acoustic guitar and piano!
Just wanted to give a shout out to Jane, keep up the great work!!!
Pierce Jul 20, 2015
Music Performance
I've known Jane & enjoyed her music for years. She is a first rate musician, gratifyingly serious about her craft --and a really nice person to boot. Hire her.
Nancy Jul 20, 2015
Music Performance · Online
I have been an admirer of Janes's permanent for many years and had the pleasure of performing with her in a professional musical revue.
Joe Jul 20, 2015
I have known Jane for decades and know her to be a really solid and adept musician. That she can share her passion for music with young people makes me very happy.