Jill Heckert

Jill H.

Winter Springs, FL

About Jill H.

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Jill teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 1980
Last sign in: Yesterday


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 into 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. By special request Jill is available for online lessons through internet and devices as well as traveling to student locations when her schedule allows. Students interest in online or in-home lessons should send a message to her to request certain days and times of availability.

"Jill was Steinway Pianos" Concert and Artist Director in Dallas Tx in the 80's, working with Steinway artists and Dallas Symphony, Opera, Ballet and other events like planning pianos for Prince Charles' visit and many other concerts and events. Jill also performed in many Dallas Venues as well as providing pianos for the Cowboys, the clubs, hotels, country clubs and museums including The Dallas Museum of Art.

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
5 string banjo
small MACKIE mixer with mics
Digital audio recording
Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp
6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp
recorder (the instrument)
tambourines and many percussion instruments
music stands
soprano and baritone ukuleles
many amplifiers and sound system accessories
drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only)
various rhythm instruments
Mallets and tone blocks

*** 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 performance experience. Including Solo gigs, bands and service performances such as parties, weddings, funerals, organizational roles, skills, clubs, recordings, hotels, country clubs, churches, schools and much more. She uses many methods, handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. Jill takes each individual at his/her level and tries 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, percussion, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder, mandolin 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. And Bahamas 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 her favorite, blues.

Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.

Here's to your success!!!

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Apr 2009 - Present

Private music teacher for voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, all band instruments, mandolin, violin, dulcimer, percussion, drums and more

Music Director and Accompanist
Apr 2009 - Present
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church

Music Director for choir and Praise Band; Music Teacher for pre-school; Worship planning for all services.

Aug 2008 - Present
Jubals Place

Built my own music enrichment company which includes teaching voice, piano, all band instruments, most string instruments, percussion, drums and more. Local performance for parties, churches and community events. Creating exciting performance gigs for my students as well as performing as a solo act or in the JubalsPlace Band.

Music Director/Accompanist/teacher/founder
Sep 2008 - Apr 2009
Spirit Fire School of Music

Helped with designing the school and teaching voice, piano and other instruments for this music school in Titusville, FL

Music Director
Jun 2004 - Sep 2008
First United Methodist of Ovideo, FL

Worked one year as part time choral director then full time as director of all music and ages including Seasonal musicals and community Braodway musical events such as Fiddler on the Roof. Private music teacher: voice, piano, guitar, all band instruments, bass guitar and more. Directed and planned for congregational worship in up to five worship services each week. Worked with children and youth music programs and helped design a new music room and sanctuary including planning sound system and stage area. Drafted documents for purchasing a Steinway 9' grand piano as well as Rogers organ and other music related planning.

Music Teacher
Aug 2004 - May 2005
Master's Academy Private School

Taught elementary music and chorus.

Music Director/teacher
Nov 1993 - May 2004
Tuskawilla United Methodist Church

Choral and Instrumental music director, children and youth music director, led congregational singing and planned music for worship. Directed several community musicals including Broadway hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and many other community events playing with bands and vocal groups. Private music teacher in voice, piano, guitar and all band instruments. Worked with the building committee to design a new music room and new sanctuary/building including designing performance space and sound system design.

Music Teacher
Nov 1992 - Sep 1994
Abney's Music

Private music teacher for voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar at this Orlando, FL music store.

Band Leader, Keys, Vocals, Songwriter, Guitar
Sep 1992 - Sep 1994
Cold Shot All Original Blues Band

Wrote songs, played keys and lead vocalists with this all original blues band in various clubs and special events in the Orlando, FL area

Mar 1988 - Jan 1992
Brent and the McClain Sisters Band

Traveled extensively with this Country band throughout the Midwest, playing electric piano/keys with this Missouri-based Country band.

Steinway Concert and Artist Director Dallas, TX
Feb 1984 - Feb 1988
Steinway Pianos (Whittle Music and Tyson Music)

Worked with the Dallas Symphony, Opera, Museum and many other organizations to provide Steinway pianos for performances. Also named Service Manager, dealt with technicians, piano movers, touch up artists, Steinway artists, other performers and provided pianos for Prince Charles' visit to Dallas where entertainment was provided for many fund raisers.

Apr 1983 - Feb 1988
Jill Hart

Band leader for a performance group which played at various events and clubs in the Dallas, TX area, especially Downtown Dallas. Provided Country, pop, rock and blues music as requested.

Music Director, Youth Director, Music Teacher
Jul 1980 - Dec 1983
First Assembly

Directed choir, band, youth band and one of the founders of First Christian Academy (grades K-12) school. Engaged the teens and tweens in Youth Bible study and traveled to various performance with small groups. Auditioned students to form an instrumental ensemble which won first place in several talent contests. Private lessons in voice, band instruments, guitar, bass guitar and violin.

High School Vocal Teacher
Jan 1979 - May 1980
Fairgrove high School

Directed High School Chorus, first as student teacher then one year as full time teacher and director. Concerts, Broadway musical "Wildcats" and other musicals along with auditions and contests. Assistant to the Band program. Private music lessons.

Music Director
Oct 1977 - Aug 1979
Asbury United Methodist Church

Directed choir, led the congregational hymns, directed instrumental music, taught private voice and piano lessons

Band leader, vocalist, guitarist, bass guitarist
Jan 1976 - Dec 1978

Charity, a women's band, traveled around the U.S. and Bahamas representing Evangel University.

Chapel Music Director
Aug 1976 - May 1978
Evangel University

Directed students and faculty in singing, auditioned students for special music. Monday-Friday Chapel at 9:00 a.m.


Steinway Concert and Artist Director Training
Apr 1985 - May 1985
Steinway Hall, NY, NY
Music Education with emphasis in voice and instrumental music
Sep 1975 - May 1979
Evangel University


Lifetime Teaching Certificate
May 1979
State of Missouri Department of Education

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Evangel University
Springfield, MO


College Senior 1st in State of MIssouri 1979
Dec 1978
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

25 Reviews on Jill H.

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Susan H. Jan 31, 2017
· Ukulele · In home Excellent
Katy Nov 13, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio Very knowledgeable, patient, experienced, and approachable.
Marilyn K. Jan 19, 2016
· · Very friendly, kind and patient! She explained things well. Just a wonderful teacher. Recommend!
Hannah G. Jan 7, 2016
· Singing · In studio She gives very good lessons. She is really descriptive and provides helpful exercises to improve my singing.
Angelina L. Jan 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Jill really gets the kid motivated to practice. My daughter is enjoying her guitar lessons!
HRG Dec 21, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio ;D
Sophia E. Dec 10, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Jill is so talented !!! She inspires me to keep learning.
Steven W. Dec 4, 2015
· Trumpet · In home First lesson was very good. Jill is has patience and is very pleasent. Looming forward forvlesson two.
Casandra D. Oct 27, 2015
· Violin · In studio Jill is a great teacher and shows that she knows her music
Nick H. Aug 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home The hour felt like a couple of minutes. That must be good, methinks. Great start to my guitar lesson series
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