Jillian Vicinanza

Jillian V.

Harrison, NY

About Jillian V.

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Jillian teaches: Ages 2 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2011
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I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.

As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.

Photos and Videos

Doing Yoga Outside!


Yoga Instructor

Sep 2012 - Present
Wellness Center

I offer multiple group classes a week, focusing on gentle restorative yoga, breath control or pranayama techniques, and meditation practice. For more information about my group classes, group Reiki, and other experiences through the Wellness center, schedule a "Health Coach" or "Yoga" appointment through the TakeLessons service. located in Ossining, NY.

Music Therapist

Sep 2012 - Present

Offering music therapy for children and adolescents with special needs as part of an interdisciplinary approach to wellness.

Music Therapist

Jan 2012 - Present
Special Recreation

Offering music therapy within the recreational setting for individuals with special needs.

Music Therapist

May 2011 - Present
Creative Arts Therapy Services

Offering quality music and art therapy services throughout Westchester. Based in Yonkers, NY, specializing in children, teens, and young adults with special needs.


MA Music Therapy

Sep 2013 - Jul 2016
SUNY New Paltz

Bachelor's of Science, Music Therapy, Classical Voice, Creative Writing

Sep 2006 - May 2011
SUNY New Paltz


Helen Bonny Guided Imagery and Music

Mar 2015
Madeleine Ventre

Studying with a world famous GIM practitioner and educator, this training provides music therapists with specialized focus on guided meditation, relaxation, and training in guided imagery using music programs to facilitate therapeutic experiences.

Yoga for Depression

Jan 2015
Yoga Haven

An in-depth training in yoga sequencing, yoga philosophy and meditation for individuals overcoming moderate to severe depression.

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Jun 2014
Yoga Haven

This advanced training has afforded me the tools to work with people with diverse needs in a gentle modality with sequences tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)

Dec 2013
Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT)

This is the national credential certifying that an individual has been adequately trained and supervised in conducting music therapy.

Certified Yoga Instructor

May 2013
Yoga Alliance

A year long intensive course training the instructor in anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, the history of yoga, asana, pranayama, meditation, and teaching techniques.

Reiki Master

Aug 2012
Reiki Blessings Academy

This natural, hands-on healing technique works as a wonderful supplement to any therapeutic modality. Based on inducing states of deep relaxation and meditation, this chakra based energy healing is used to regulate energetic systems in the body, allow for the release of stored emotions, and promote healing.


Hands on Assistance in Yoga, Advance Training

Apr 2014
Yoga Haven

CPR/AED Certified

May 2013
Yoga Haven


Reiki Membership Association

Jul 2016
Reiki Membership Association

We are a professional reiki association that features a code of ethics and professional standards of practice. Our purpose is to provide professional recognition for members at the same time we make it possible for those seeking Reiki sessions and classes to find qualified practitioners and teachers.

American Psychological Association

Jan 2016
APA logo

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States

Sep 2015

IYNAUS's mission is to spread the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar and the Iyengar Family. The IYNAUS Board believes that central to that mission is helping Iyengar Yoga teachers promote their classes, to inform more people about Iyengar Yoga and to bring them its unique benefits. Students are urged to "Look for the Mark" in choosing a teacher — the Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark.

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jan 2015

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Yoga Alliance

Jun 2013

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Our mission is to spread the power of yoga one person at a time.

We believe that the individual experience of yoga is of paramount importance, and are committed to supporting the passage of yoga from trainer to teacher, teacher to student, and student to aspiring yogi. Our role as the national support organization for the yoga community is to ensure that the practice of yoga will keep growing, so that more people will connect with yoga and be transformed. As an organization we keep several core values at heart: service, excellence, transparency, learning and community.

American Music Therapy Association

Jan 2011

AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

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18 Reviews on Jillian V.

Jeff H. Sep 14, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I feel I'm in good hands with Jillian and that she knows her stuff. ONe thing that makes her stand out is that I can email practice recordings to her during the week and get feedback without waiting until next lesson.
Hillary Sep 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome lesson! Jillian balanced the time with discussing material, playing and practical tips for playing unfamiliar music.
Ewillie E. Aug 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jillian is a very patient and knowledgeable singing instructor. She really helps you find ways to improve your musicianship. I totally recommend her services 👍👍👍...
AZZA Aug 20, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Jillian is a professional with great experience and very patient and kind as well. Really looking forward to more lessons!
Harley Z. May 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very sweet and understanding in what you are trying to achieve.
Joanna R. Jan 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jillian is a wonderful instructor! I just had my first lesson with her and she was very welcoming, positive, encouraging and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed my time with her and learned a ton.

Thank you Jillian :)
Doug Nov 2, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I have been working with Jillian on vocal training (i.e., singing) since June 2014. She is an outstanding instructor - very patient, great attitude, uses positive reinforcement, provides very helpful feedback and encouragement. Highly recommended!
Elizabeth G. Aug 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jillian is an incredible piano teacher. She is patient and makes learning the piano fun for our five year old!
Gillian B. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

My son loves working with Jillian. He has never been exposed to singing before but wanted to give it a try and so far he is enjoying it.
Eugene P. Feb 14, 2013
Music Theory
Jillian's really smart and nice

I started taking lessons with Jillian around when i started high school a couple years ago. I play french horn in school, and I'm considering studying music in college, so I definitely needed to know more music theory. I play guitar too, so we started studying songwriting, too, so that I can write some songs with my band. Jillian's so nice, and really smart, so she makes it really easy to learn! I really like classes with her.
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