Jill Zor
Huntington Beach, CA
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Jill Zor

Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I tutor beginning and college music theory level. Harmony I, II, II, and IV and Basics of Music, Music Appreciation, and Ear Training. You will learn about Chord Progressions, Key Signatures, Types of Chords and Chord Inversions, Sol Feg, Composers, Circle of 5ths, Keys, Types of Scales, and get proficient at reading bass and treble clef. We do a combination of worksheets, chords using the piano, ear training with the piano, and listen to composers' examples.

About Jill Z.

Open only for weekly online lessons using Zoom.or Google Meet. Weekly lessons are recurring on the same day and time for each week.

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.

Online lessons on Zoom

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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13 Reviews
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I'm the gramma of Chloe (the student)who is 12 yrs old and taking Viola lessons from Jill over Zoom for home school. And I have to say as I was listening in the background I was thinking, Wow! It's as if they're old friends already! She has a very reassuring and friendly personality. And Chloe already learned something in that first lesson when Jill was trying to assess Chloe's abilities. I'm sure you'll immediately like her teaching abilities as much as we do.

Posted Nov 20, 2020
Renee M.
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Jill is just amazing! She breaks things down for me in session to help me develop my skills in a manner that helps the information just sick. She is always so patient and has such a great sense of humor.

Posted Jul 31, 2020
Jason R.
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My daughter has been learning from Jill to play violin for more than five years and she has improved dramatically over that time. She also takes piano lessons with Jill which has fed her musical curiosity. Jill is patient, positive, and an expert in her craft. Great teacher!!!

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Renee M.
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She quickly assesses your skills and figures out how to help you start developing your skills right away! She’s so kind and patient.

Posted Apr 14, 2020
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Jill is kind, professional, and attentive. She made sure my son was comfortable and engaged during the entire lesson.

Posted Nov 14, 2019
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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.

Posted May 30, 2018
Michelle H.
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Jill is very thorough with the basic technique and patient, she made the lesson easy

Posted Jun 20, 2017
Billie C.
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Very knowledgeable and patience, we are lucky to have picked her.

Posted Jan 27, 2017
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Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher!

Posted Mar 4, 2016
Emily S.
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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.

Posted Feb 25, 2016
Annabel W.
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My daughter is very happy with lessons from Jill.

Posted Feb 16, 2016
Nora R.
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She's very good. She's nice and caring. Recommend!

Posted Sep 28, 2015
Youssef M.

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..

Posted May 4, 2013

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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.

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Jan 2011 - May 2014

Dana Point Symphony

Professional orchestral musician

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May 2006 - Jun 2007

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Apr 2005 - May 2007

New California Conservatory

Strings Coach
Sep 2005 - Jun 2006

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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
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