Jill Zor

Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach students age 4-late adult. I have students at beginning level all the way up to advanced level. We work on how to listen and play as a group and learn about stage presence etc. Students learn how to perform and practice performing for audiences 2-6 times a year.
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Jill delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6+ and males 6 to 17

Teaching since:
November 2002

Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule as You Go plans. Thank you

Jill has been teaching music privately since 2002. Some of her students have won concerto competitions and music awards, music scholarships and participate in local youth orchestras. She teaches violin, viola, and piano.

Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach as a music scholarship student and on honor roll. She also studied piano at university and privately and studied jazz improv on violin and jazz theory at Saddleback College. Jill had private violin lessons with 12 different teachers and has been playing the violin since the age of 9.

Jill has performed at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Walt Disney concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center.

Jill also attended the Montecito Summer Music Festival and Soka's Chamber Arts Festival to study and perform string quartets and piano quintets.

Jill also is classically trained and performed professionally with the Dana Point Symphony, Montage Civic Orchestra, Brentwood/Westwood Symphony, Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church orchestra, Vanguard Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. She also worked as a violinist for Irvine Valley College.

She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events as a solist and with a violin and cello duo.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Method books used:

Piano students learn from the Faber & Faber books, classical piano collection books, Bastien method books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and scale books by Bastien.

Violin and viola students use Suzuki method books along with reading music and playing all standard violin and viola literature outside of the Suzuki method. Students learn vibrato and shifting to other positions and learn from etude exercise books, scale studies using Carl Flesch books or Essentials for Strings books, and Early Start on violin, a fun method book for young violin students.

Etude books used: Wolfahrt, Kreutzer, Rode, Dont, Fiorillo, Gavines, and exercises from Schradiek and Sevcik. Composers and literature taught: Standard repertoire ie. concertos by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and Kabalevsky to name a few. Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Bach cello suites for viola. Sonatas by Beethoven, LeClair, Vivaldi, Frank, Brahms, and more!

Students also learn to read music (Sight reading) and learn rhythm.

2 optional recitals per year for students and also optional community service recitals at the local senior center retirement homes.

Jill can help students with orchestra auditions for local youth orchestras.

She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and audition for the Orange County School of the Arts and college auditions and helped students audition for college scholarships.

She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

Studio Equipment:
Large, open living room space with Kimball upright piano and 88 key Yamaha weighted keyboard Seating for parents. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.

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Violin Teacher
Apr 2002 - Present
Self Employed

Solo Violinist and String Quartet
May 2001 - Present
Jill Z. Music

Musician for private events

Violin and Viola Teacher
Jan 2013 - Aug 2015

I teach private music lessons in Irvine.

Section Violist
Jan 2011 - May 2014
Dana Point Symphony

Professional orchestral musician

Violin Instructor
Jun 2011 - Feb 2012
Everjoy Music

Private lessons

Private Violin and Viola Teacher
May 2006 - Jun 2007
Nadiri Music School

Violin Instructor
Apr 2005 - May 2007
New California Conservatory

Strings Coach
Sep 2005 - Jun 2006
Seranno Middle School


Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2011
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
Sep 2003 - May 2007
Saddleback College
Violin Performance
Sep 2000 - Jun 2001
Orange County High School of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Concerto Winner 2004
Nov 2004
South Orange County Chamber Orchestra


Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2015

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Jill Z.

2014 Lessons

Fall Recital 2014


Lesson Studio

2015 Spring Student Recital

Symphony Irvine at Segerstrom Hall

Photo by Jill Z.

Professional Event
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8 Reviews

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Samantha May 30, 2018
Piano · In home

My 6 year-old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jill and loved it! She is so kind and made the learning experience really fun.

Michelle H. Jun 20, 2017
Piano · In studio

Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy

Billie C. Jan 27, 2017
Violin · In studio

Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.

Ana Mar 4, 2016
Violin · In studio

Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher!

Emily S. Feb 25, 2016
Violin · In studio

I had my first lesson with Jill. She is very friendly and encouraging. She has taught me so much in my first lesson. I look forward to learning much from her.

Annabel W. Feb 16, 2016
Violin · In studio

My daughter is very happy with lessons from Jill.

Nora R. Sep 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

She's very good. She's nice and caring. Recommend!

Youssef M. May 4, 2013
Violin ·

Thank you.

Jill is extremely knowledgeable with all kind of mistakes that students may have. I am always amazed by the interest she shows to give us more of her knowledge and motivation.

Also, Jill shows enormously great patience to make students comfortable and motivated playing music.

I strongly believe she is one of the best teachers in takelessons team..

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