- Levels Taught:
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- February 1980
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, Germany, 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 interested in online or in-home lessons should send a message to her to request certain days and times of availability.
Jill held the title "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
5 string bass guitar/amp
5 string banjo
small MACKIE mixer with Shure mics
Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp
6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp
recorder (the instrument)
tambourines and many percussion instruments
soprano and baritone ukuleles
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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My 15 year old daughter has had 3 lessons with Jill and we are truly enjoying her! She gives her a variety of useful exercises to strengthen her voice and breath. I already see much growth in her after just 3 lessons, AND my daughter's confidence is increasing with each lesson. Jill is such a talent - she plays multiple instruments and her love of music comes across when she is teaching. I highly recommend her!+ Read More
I would like to say that I'm a senior citizen with all the aches and pains of such. In my mid seventies I decided to play the banjo and after five lessons with Jill, I am confident that I WILL PLAY THE BANJO. She is a excellent music teacher, professional and very PATIENT .
Thank you 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Very nice and very helpful
After only one lesson it's to soon to tell. My son took really well to her and we have nothing bad to say.
Very knowledgeable, patient, experienced, and approachable.
Very friendly, kind and patient! She explained things well. Just a wonderful teacher. Recommend!
She gives very good lessons. She is really descriptive and provides helpful exercises to improve my singing.
Jill really gets the kid motivated to practice. My daughter is enjoying her guitar lessons!
Jill is so talented !!! She inspires me to keep learning.
First lesson was very good. Jill is has patience and is very pleasent. Looming forward forvlesson two.
Jill is a great teacher and shows that she knows her music
The hour felt like a couple of minutes. That must be good, methinks. Great start to my guitar lesson series
Jill is great! Very patient and helpful - really enjoying our lessons and learning so much!
Excellent teacher. Has patience with even fumble-fingered me.
Jill is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and creative in teaching, good at communicating her musical ideas with children. My son progressed a lot under her instruction. We really hate to say goodbye to her because we have to leave America. Her classes are part of our best memories here.+ Read More
Jill is very interested in your progress. She is also very encouraging. I have been very satisfied with her.
One awesome teacher
Jill is one of the hidden jewels you hear people speak of; in Jill's case she is the hidden jewel when it comes to music teachers. Her never ceases to amaze in her abilities and there are many. I've seen her multitask a group of children during a performance, all playing different instruments simultaneously, without missing a note of her own piano playing. She's a born leader and teacher, a consummate musical artist. Everything she does is golden, truly! She was the first teacher who was able to teach me rhythm in my left hand, I'm really not musically inclined, yet she was able to teach me how to play the piano pressing me pass my own ability. It's nice to sit down and be able to play something at the piano instead of just wishing I could. When it comes to small children, she's a hoot and so patient, all the kids love and adore her. My own grandson took lessons from Jill and gain such confidence in his ability he is now learning to play the cello, he simply loves music. Jill instills confidence in children and adults. She has a 'yes you can' attitude and it flows into her students. She's a winner and a true gem. You'll not regret having Jill as a teacher.
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Jill is such a wonderful instructor , my son is having fun while learning so much. We have used other instructors but she has a great gift of drawing you into the lesson while making it enjoyable.
I have two daughters taking lessons from Ms. Jill. My oldest takes piano and my youngest bounces around from instrument to instrument as she is figuring out what she enjoys. Luckily Ms. Jill does it all and can prepare a great lesson for anything! Ms. Jill is so patient and does an excellent job motivating them. We all look forward to Wednesday afternoons when it's lesson time.
Jill is a wonderful teacher! I've been taking lessons with her for almost 3 years now and have learned so much! She helps me with songs that I've written and focuses on what will make me a better songwriter. She's patient and encouraging! With her help I've written almost 6 songs and I didn't know anything about guitar when I first started taking lessons. If you're looking for a teacher Jill is the one you should choose!
Patient, knowlegable, and caring. Jill is a great teacher!
Jill is very good at sharing her knowledge in a way ythat encourages more practice and learning. She is very good at teaching both theory and application. I am enjoying my learning and have recommended her and TakeLessons to my friends as a result of my positive experience
I only took for classes but I had learned more with Jill than anybody. SHE IS GREAT!
Jill is very patient with my son answering all his questions and coming up with creative ways to keep him interested in learning which is not easy with a six year old, but she does it .
Ms. Jill is very patient and sweet. A perfect combination.
Super talented and super encouraging!
We love Jill! She is so talented and very nice and encouraging to the girls. I feel very comfortable with her in my home! She also has made fast progress with them even though we have both had to take some time away from lessons for vacations. She is great and as long as the girls have an interest in learning to play these instruments we'll stay with her!Joy A.