Jillian Vicinanza
Oakland Gardens, NY
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Jillian Vicinanza

Jillian V.

Oakland Gardens, NY
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Piano can often be an overwhelming instrument, but I approach teaching piano in a free, expressive, and functional way. No stress, no "have to's" just exploration of sounds through melodies, harmonies, and rhythms.

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.


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66 Reviews
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5 stars for best instructor ever

Posted Apr 30, 2021
Steven F.
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Great first day.

Posted Apr 22, 2021
Angie M.
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Jillian taught our two 6 year-old daughters how to play the guitar! Jillian is always so patient, encouraging, and always takes the time to foster a caring friendship with each of them. Our girls adore her, and we’re sure everyone who knows her does as well. If you want a stress-free and happy learning experience with the guitar, look no further than Jillian!

Posted Feb 24, 2021
Bob M.
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Great start

Posted Nov 3, 2020
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Jillian is so supportive. Working with her helps me to listen to and to cultivate my kind inner voice as I work on my voice I share with others.

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Sky and Kayla F.
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Jillian is enthusiastic and our kids loved the fun way she taught them about the parts of the guitar. They want to do well & make her proud of them, which is motivating for them.

Posted Aug 29, 2020
Jamie C.
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Jillian is an absolutely fantastic singing teacher! My daughter learned so much. Jillian is patient, knowledgable and has a gorgeous voice! I highly recommend her lessons!

Posted Jun 11, 2020
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Jillian is not only a voice coach but she is also a music therapist. She is truly gifted, non-judgemental and wise beyond her years. She is helping me to understand and to overcome my personal barriers to singing my best.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Tarra G.
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Jillian is a wonderful instructor. This was my first meditation class and I am really looking forward to next week.

Posted Apr 13, 2020
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Very good attention to detail, very knowledgeable, very friendly. 10/10 would recommend :)

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Parker L.
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I purchased singing lessons for my grandson while he is homebound during the pandemic. The first lesson was today and my grandson said it was marvelous. He's very excited. My daughter-in-law said Jillian was a perfect fit for them.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
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Beyond expectations! Super excited about moving forward with Jilian!

Posted Mar 27, 2020
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Our first lesson with Jillian was great! Looking forward to more!

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Berklie M.
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Amazing vocal coach - really connected with my kids!

Posted Jan 10, 2020
Rajeev M.
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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.

Posted Dec 6, 2019
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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!

Posted Oct 25, 2019
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Jillian is an wonderful teacher. Kind, patient and warm. This is my daughters first time and she encouraged her throughout the lesson. Excellent teacher!

Posted Aug 21, 2019
Erica L.
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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.

Posted Jun 6, 2019
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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.

Posted Jun 5, 2019
Maggie M.
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My daughter had a wonderful time with her first lesson! She can't wait for more!

Posted Mar 1, 2019
Mina H.
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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.

Posted Jan 28, 2019
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Felt more relaxed during the session than I’ve felt in a long time.

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Paul B.
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Real good instructor.

Posted Jul 3, 2018
Frederick S.
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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.)

Posted Apr 13, 2018
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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!

Posted Jan 22, 2018
Paul B.
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Patient, knowledgable, good location, easy parking

Posted Sep 27, 2017
Kathy T.
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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!

Posted Sep 8, 2017
Peri L.
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Jillian I an angel. She is working with my daughter who never likes anything. Now she LOVES guitar..
Thank you Jillian❤️👍

Posted Aug 27, 2017
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Such a wonderful, gifted and caring teacher!

Posted Aug 23, 2017
Lara G.
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Best ever

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Posted Jun 30, 2017
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Excellent start!

Posted May 6, 2017
Ava B.
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Jillian was absolutely delightful.
Talented and an excellent teacher
My very shy grand-daughter enjoyed her lesson with Jillian

Thanks Jillian

Posted Feb 3, 2017
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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.

Posted Jan 20, 2017
Emma D.
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Great! Looking forward to the net session.

Posted Dec 10, 2016
Davida R.
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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!

Posted Dec 5, 2016
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Looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Dec 2, 2016
Sandra S.
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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.

Posted Nov 13, 2016
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Even though I just had one lesson, I feel completely comfortable with Jillian. I appreciate her methods, enthusiasm and openness.

Posted Nov 12, 2016
Maya B.
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Jillian is terrific! She is so positive, fun and patient!
My daughter did not want to leave!

Posted Oct 28, 2016
Maya B.
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Jillian is terrific! She is so positive, fun and patient!
My daughter did not want to leave!

Posted Oct 28, 2016
Jeff H.
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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.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
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Awesome lesson! Jillian balanced the time with discussing material, playing and practical tips for playing unfamiliar music.

Posted Sep 1, 2016
Ewillie E.
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Jillian is a very patient and knowledgeable singing instructor. She really helps you find ways to improve your musicianship. I totally recommend her services 👍👍👍...

Posted Aug 29, 2016
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Jillian is a professional with great experience and very patient and kind as well. Really looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Aug 20, 2016
Harley Z.
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Very sweet and understanding in what you are trying to achieve.

Posted May 30, 2016
Joanna R.
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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 :)

Posted Jan 19, 2016
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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!

Posted Nov 2, 2015
Elizabeth G.
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Jillian is an incredible piano teacher. She is patient and makes learning the piano fun for our five year old!

Posted Aug 16, 2015
Gillian B.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Eugene P.

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.

Posted Feb 14, 2013
Bridget M.

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!!

Posted Feb 12, 2013
Cassandra D.

Super Helpful!!!

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!

Posted Feb 11, 2013
Andrea R.

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!

Posted Dec 16, 2012
Bridget M.

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!

Posted Dec 16, 2012
Lucius D.

Great Instructor

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.

Posted Dec 16, 2012
Ricardo T.

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!

Posted Nov 19, 2012
Jamie P.

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.

Posted Nov 16, 2012
Cathy B.

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!

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Music Therapist
May 2019 - Present


Offering music therapy in the loving context of hospice care.

Music Director
Jan 2019 - Present


Music director at my local RC church, playing hymns on piano, vocalist, music preparation and planning, and direction of the choir.

Yoga Instructor
Sep 2012 - Present

Yoga Studios

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
May 2011 - Present

Group and Individual Music Therapy

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

Healing Arts Therapist
Jan 2016 - Dec 2018

Montefiore Medical

Yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques taught to medical professionals in a hospital setting.

Music Therapist
Sep 2012 - Dec 2017

Childhood and Adolescent Special Recreation

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


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


Birth Doula
Jan 2021

Birth Day Presence

Birth doula training and certification applicant with training in birth planning, birth support, and postpartum support.
Advanced Prenatal Teacher Training 85 hr
Jan 2021

Kelly Devi

An advanced study of yoga for prenatal moms to aid in maximizing comfort, decreasing anxiety, preparing for their birth experience, and strengthening their bodies for a more easeful postpartum experience.
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Jan 2017

Yoga Haven

An in-depth program for advanced training in the area of prenatal yoga yoga, including: sequencing options during pregnancy, assists, contraindications, emotional support, and preparation for both.
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.
May 2013

Yoga Haven

CPR/AED trained and certified for emergency care if needed.
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.


Counseling Skills for Music Therapist
Mar 2019

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care

Yoga Nidra
May 2016

Samudra Yoga

Hands on Assistance in Yoga, Advance Training
Apr 2014

Yoga Haven


Reiki Membership Association
Jul 2016
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.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Jun 2016
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.
American Psychological Association
Jan 2016
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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