Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate
About Jillian V.
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 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 spectrum disorder, 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 am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series, as well as professional theater work. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.
As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout NYC. 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 went on to complete advanced trainings and now specialize in restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, yin yoga and therapeutics. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio, and on occasion in my clients’ homes. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized sequencing 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 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 (or your loved one) and your personal goals, as well as the qualities you hope to find in your therapist.
Awarded Hands on Assistance in Yoga, Advance Training from Yoga Haven
Bachelor's of Science, Music Therapy, Classical Voice, Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz
Teaches students 2 and up
Amazing vocal coach - really connected with my kids!
The best instructor of music I ever had. I have zero musical background. But as an adult, wanted for the first time exposure in music. After about 4 one session guitar lessons, each with a different instructor who all basically told me I was hopeless (didn't return my call/text to schedule a next session), never did I think that I would be 20 lessons and months of guitar and voice sessions in with the same teacher.
Because of Jillian, I can throw down chords on a guitar, and sing along while playing, something unimaginable foe someone as musically challenged and illiterate as myself.
My future in music, as an adult whose professional background is medicine and science, appears unfathomably bright. Because of a teacher who had the patience to believe.
I was somewhat skeptical about being to learn to play guitar online but I am sure glad I gave it a try because it was amazing. I've been trying to play the guitar for 20 years and I learned more in 45 minutes with Jillian than I have all this time. Thanks!Show More
Jillian is an wonderful teacher. Kind, patient and warm. This is my daughters first time and she encouraged her throughout the lesson. Excellent teacher!
Jillian is an amazing teacher. She knows how to get the best of out of you both with technique and emotion. I am a professional singer and I am very lucky to have worked with Jillian.. She has given e so much in terms of her knowledge, Experience, artistic interpretation and love! She is simply the best and HIGHLY recommend her as a vocal coach.Show More
Jillian is great! I like how she has personalized the lesson and I’ve seen my son learn a lot in a little bit of time.
My daughter had a wonderful time with her first lesson! She can't wait for more!
If you have ever taken a yoga class in studio or by watching tv, you know that it’s hard to tell exactly what you need to be doing for the poses. Jillian is very knowledgeable about yoga so that you learn the correct way and the most effective way. She’s very organized and create lesson plans fitting for your needs. I like to challenge myself and learn, and Jillian’s lesson plans have helped me accomplish my goals. Every lesson I have been learning something new, and feel like I’ve had a great workout. She also can help you use yoga for healing the body. I recommend Jillian for anyone who wants to get the best quality instruction for yoga. And she’s super nice.Show More
Felt more relaxed during the session than I’ve felt in a long time.
Real good instructor.
Excellent first voice lesson. Jillian is warm, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. I was surprised how many "technical" issues she introduced me to (optimal breathing & how best to practice it at home; appropriate use of falsetto at upper limit of bass voice range, etc.) . Looking forward to continued lessons. (Much better use of what used to be my copay for psychotherapy! I've also joined rehearsals with new Encore-NYC chorale group in Manhattan, for people over 55. Music is giving me a real emotional lift in my retirement.)Show More
Jillian is a very friendly, gifted and delightful person to work with, and would be a good match for literally anybody. She's helped with my vocals more than any other teacher has. Thank you Jillian!
Patient, knowledgable, good location, easy parking
Jillian is a phenomenal music instructor and therapist. My kids love sessions with her. We've been going for almost a year now and it has made a huge difference in their behavior most noticeabley their attention spans! Thanks Jillian!
Jillian I an angel. She is working with my daughter who never likes anything. Now she LOVES guitar..
Thank you Jillian❤️👍
Such a wonderful, gifted and caring teacher!
Jillian was absolutely delightful.
Talented and an excellent teacher
My very shy grand-daughter enjoyed her lesson with Jillian
Jillian has been teaching my teenage son piano for several months. He is always prepared and eager to attend his weekly piano lessons. She has an intuitive ability to connect with him in and make him feel at ease and comfortable. I wish he had started at an earlier age. His musical experiences have certainly exceeded my expectations.Show More
Great! Looking forward to the net session.
She is fabulous. I know I've only had a single lesson but I can just tell. I'm so excited to have found her!! She's warm and open and knowledgeable! Yay!
Looking forward to more lessons!
My first lesson was great, she made great changes. Jillian is a true professional knows exactly what's needed in order for you to excel.
Even though I just had one lesson, I feel completely comfortable with Jillian. I appreciate her methods, enthusiasm and openness.
Jillian is terrific! She is so positive, fun and patient!
My daughter did not want to leave!
Jillian is terrific! She is so positive, fun and patient!
My daughter did not want to leave!
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.
Awesome lesson! Jillian balanced the time with discussing material, playing and practical tips for playing unfamiliar music.
Jillian is a very patient and knowledgeable singing instructor. She really helps you find ways to improve your musicianship. I totally recommend her services 👍👍👍...
Jillian is a professional with great experience and very patient and kind as well. Really looking forward to more lessons!
Very sweet and understanding in what you are trying to achieve.
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 :)
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!
Jillian is an incredible piano teacher. She is patient and makes learning the piano fun for our five year old!
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.
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.
One of the best teachers I have ever had
I am a 15 years old and have been taking lessons with Jillian for about a year and a half. I started out as a beginner and she was so patient with me and encouraged me continuously so that I can feel confident in myself. She also made the experience so much fun, while other teachers I've had made it stressful. She is also so knowledgable and talented but never made me feel bad that i wasnt at her level. Jillian is also cares about all her students and their progress. I cant recommend her enough to everyone who wants to learn!!
I worked with Jillian for about 5 months and she helped me more than I could have ever imagined. After singing in my church choir for more than 3 years, I wanted to be able to start performing solos at mass. While practicing with Jillian, she helped me to develop my voice using creative and fun exercises that I never even knew existed. She created a comfortable environment and helped me to control my voice. As a result, I eventually gained the confidence I needed in order to perform various psalms and songs infront of a packed church. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for me. I'm sure her lessons will stay with me for the rest of my life!
Learned so much!
Been going to Jillian for a few months and she's awesome. I've been looking for a voice coach for a long time and I'm so lucky I found her because not only is she talented, but she knows how to train a singer. She's a lot of fun to be around which makes the lessons even that much more enjoyable. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!
Best Teacher Ever!!!
I've been working with Jillian for a few years when I needed a voice coach for school choir. I can honestly say she is one of my favorite teachers! She's so much fun and whenever I feel like giving up she encourages me through it and I don't feel like its stressful work although I am learning so much. She's such a sweet person and non-judgemental which I think is so important for a teacher especially a singing coach. She's also very patient which was important for me since I was/am a beginner. Jillian is also unbelievabley talented but she doesn't rub it in your face and make you feel like youre not as good, which has been my experience with other voice teachers. If youre looking for someone who is relatable and does so much for you bc she wants to see you succeed then you should definitely choose Jillian as your teacher. I hope I can work with her forever because she's that awesome!
Jillian is very knowledgable and talented. I was searching around for an instructor so I can develop sight singing skills, and with Jillian's help I think I have come along way. Very easy to get along with and really cares about your progress.
Jillian is GREAT!
I took music theory and voice lessons with Jillian for almost 2 years (21 months) about 5 years ago. At first it was basically my parents who persuaded me to take her lessons, but I needed to take theory to help me compose music in college (which I currently attend). I knew I needed that basic knowledge and understanding if I wanted to further my personal growth and hopefully career. I've kept in contact with her periodically through the years, often bugging her for advice or suggestions (she's great at getting back to me). She really worked with me to develop the sound I wanted and helped increase my range. Jillian has this obvious love for music and I felt comfortable with her from day 1. Her high energy and genuinity made me feel relaxed and appreciative. Her enthusiasm about music, whether it be about theory, technique or performance, really inspired me and I was able to learn so much from her. Bottom line, she's amazing!
Jillian is the best!
I've been looking for a voice lessons coach for so long and didn't find anyone who I felt comfortable with until I started with Jillian a few months ago. Her positive attitude is contagious and it actually makes me really excited every time I have a lesson. Jillian is so supportive and actually seems interested. Not only that, she's really knowledgeable and I've learned so much of music theory and sight singing in my lessons with her. You won't be disappointed if you choose Jillian as your voice coach.
Best Singing Instructor I've Ever Had!!
I had such an incredible experience with Jillian. First off, let me just say what a warm, gentle, and kind person she is. With other voice instructors I've felt intimidated and just really uncomfortable but it was really a joy being with Jillian. I didn't feel any sort of pressure to perform and she really took me step by step and truly believed in my potential. And she was so down to earth! I feel like I've known her for years. Just her being so happy and loving her job inspired me and I know that my skills have improved in just a few sessions. I cannot recommend Jillian enough!
Offering music therapy in the loving context of hospice care.
St. Robert's RC Church
Music director at my local RC church, playing hymns on piano, vocalist, music preparation and planning, and direction of the choir.
Yoga Studios NYC / Westchester
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.
Group and Individual Music Therapy
Offering music therapy within the recreational setting for individuals with special needs.
Yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques taught to medical professionals in a hospital setting.
Childhood and Adolescent Special Recreation
Offering music therapy for children and adolescents with special needs as part of an interdisciplinary approach to wellness.
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz
Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT)
Reiki Blessings Academy