Jillian Risigari-Gai

Jillian R.

Long Beach, CA

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Jillian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

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Jillian has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at my music studio, and online. Jillian has helped students get accepted to music programs (ex.UCLA), gives multiple performance opportunities, and creates a fun learning environment.

Jillian has received her training at CSU- Long Beach in 2009 where she received a BM in Harp Performance. In addition, she received her MFA in Harp Performance from CALARTS. As a music specialist, I believe that a fusion of Classical, World, Composition and Contemporary music can help to expand a student’s ability to master complex rhythms and to broaden the range of musical interpretations and to retain the history and knowledge of each Genre of Music. For more information about Jillian, you can access her website at: www.jillharp.com

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MFA- Harp Performance
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012
California Institute of the Arts
BM- Harp Performance
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009
California State University- Long Beach


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2011

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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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 2006

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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American Harp Society
Jan 2005

The American Harp Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.

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American String Teachers Association
Aug 2004

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

My student Aidan performing "Demons" by Imagine Dragons
A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
Student Community Performance at a Castle in Glendora, April 2016

Student Community Performance in May, 2016

I allow stuffed animal friends as audience members during lessons.

MFA Final Harp Recital at California Institute of the Arts
Performance at the Malibu Cafe

Salon performance at a Mansion in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Wedding ceremony in the Malibu Mountains
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