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Jill graduated from SDSU in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She has been studying voice for 12 years now, and also grew up playing violin, viola, and piano since age 8. Jill currently maintains a multi-faceted career as a classically-trained soprano soloist, choir director, and private music instructor. She hopes to achieve a Masterʼs degree in Vocal Pedagogy in the next few years, and has a passionate and serious commitment to teach healthy singing and piano technique to students of all ages!
*** Lesson Details ***
I tend to be a laid back teacher, with a bubbly personality! On the other hand, I can be quite strict when it comes to teaching correct technique, and am very thorough in that regard. For my voice students, I never assign a song the student does not like, since the student is less likely to practice and therefore unlikely to reach his/her true potential. For my piano students, I ask them to fill out a weekly practice log, which keeps the student honest with him/herself. When my younger students "pass off" on their latest song, I let them choose a sticker!
For piano, I use Alfred's Piano Methods, for both youth and adult students. For voice, I use a variety of songbooks, as well as assign weekly vocalizes. For students that need to learn basic music notation/theory, I assign short exercises each week.
After 6 months, I expect my students to understand basic notation, have a firm foundation on healthy technique, and help themselves stay on the right track by practicing regularly. This way, they will be ready to play/sing fun songs for their friends and family!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Sanctuary with upright, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide repertoire books for my voice students, however expect my piano students to provide his/her own lesson books. I expect both piano and voice students to have a keyboard or piano set-up in his/her home, in good working condition (i.e. tuned, free of dust).
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical art song, especially German Lieder, operatic arias, and preparing for auditions & performances. For piano, I use Alfred's teaching method for beginners of all ages. I incorporate music theory into each lesson for both voice and piano students. For voice, I use a large variety of songbooks, depending on the student's skill level and interest in various musical genres.
Jill has been a perfect teacher for me. She motivates me with her positive attitude. She works well with adults and helps me with my disability. She comes up with ideas to help me every week. She always has a smile, even when I mess up!
It has been such a pleasant experience to take lessons from Jill. She is very positive and easy to understand in her instruction. I am a beginner in piano, and I feel I have learned a lot after only 3 lessons. She would be a wonderful piano teacher, no matter what your age!