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Jill G.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you're 3 or 103, if you're playing violin (or starting to play!) I hope you're EXCITED about it!! Over the years, my students have said that their lessons are/have been their favorite times of each week. I believe learning to play viola should be full of joy, learning, thinking, and feeling. Bring that joy alive for yourself by partnering with me as your musical guide. I bring over 30 years of experience and pure joy to my work, and I'd love to share that with you!
About Jill G.

I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan. I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluable as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students. I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families. I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment. My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching. I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me! *** Lesson Details *** While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice. We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others! Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world! *** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students. *** Specialties *** I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age. My specialties include: music-based early childhood development adult beginners and continuing learners intermediate and advanced players chamber music coaching.

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Wonderful first lesson with my daughter! Looking forward to many more. Thank you so much!

Posted Jan 27, 2021
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Great online instruction. Jill was able to focus in on my best next steps and get me on my way.

Posted Jan 5, 2021
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Jill has been amazing and patient. She's upbeat and thorough. I am enjoying being a practice partner with my student!

Posted Dec 2, 2020
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Experience
Violin and Viola Teacher, Chamber Music Coach
Jun 2012 - Present
Boston Violin School
I teach violin and viola to students of all ages, from beginners through advanced players. I've taught private lessons, music appreciation, music theory, and coached chamber music for over 30 years. And I absolutely love what I do!
Violin and Viola Teacher, Chamber Music Coach
May 2008 - Jun 2012
Manhattan Violin School
I taught violin and viola to students of all ages, from beginners through advanced players. I've taught private lessons, music appreciation, music theory, and coached chamber music for over 30 years. And I absolutely love what I do!
Education
Master of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 1988 - May 1990
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 1984 - May 1988
Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Certifications
Suzuki Book 4
Aug 2016
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Book 2
Jul 2016
Suzuki Association of America
Suzuki Book 1
Jul 2016
Suzuki Association of America
Suzuki Book 3
Jul 2016
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Every Child Can!
May 2016
Suzuki Association of America
National School Orchestra Award
Jun 1979
York Suburban High School
Member, American Federation of Musicians, Local 9-535
May 1977
American Federation of Musicians
The AFM represents working professional musicians both here and abroad
Awards
Honors String Chamber Scholarship
Sep 1988
Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
Congress of Strings
Jun 1981
American Federation of Musicians
Affiliations
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Apr 2016
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
American Federation of Musicians
May 1977
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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