Learn to read music notation and pluck the guitar strings with the right hand fingers. Learn to play classical melodies through learning guitar technique and chordal accompaniments.
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves in
to ways to correct the weaknesses.
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics digital recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only) harmonica various rhythm instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.
Here's to your success!!!
Casandra D. October 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is a great teacher and shows that she knows her music
Nick H. August 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
The hour felt like a couple of minutes. That must be good, methinks. Great start to my guitar lesson series
Jenny R. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is great! Very patient and helpful - really enjoying our lessons and learning so much!
Berklee College of music (USA) 5. Musical experience: 16 years teaching, recording and playing with different Bands and Groups In (Colombia - Canada- USA) 6. What motivates you to be a great teacher?I Love to teach,I Love the students faces when they say ,"we are learning , Now we know how to play Guitar and read Music",I am motivated to be a positive influence in my student's lives by opening their minds to new ideas, and constructing knowledge that will be beneficial to them. Education is the stepping stone to their future. 7. Any current musical groups you are playing with: Diego De Caceres Trio, Rumba Catalana Ensamble,Blues Cuarteto
Diego was born in August 24, 1979 in Bogotá (capital of Colombia). He grew up into a musical family where his father played guitar and singed opera with his mother. He discovered at an early age (5) that he had a natural talent for playing the guitar, and his passion was fueled by the music that he listened to at home as a child. At age 13, with a guitar that his father gave him, he initiated his musical studies, eventually led to formal studies at the school of arts Jovenes Tejedores (1999), under the instruction of the professor Omar Beltran, focusing on traditional Colombian music Later
, entered to be part of the school of rock with the instruction of professor Teto Ocampo (ex guitarist of Carlos Vives). In addition, he studied in the academy Luis A Calvo, a prestigious music school in Bogotá (Colombia), where he studied classical guitar, tiple, bandola, Colombian pacific music and Colombian Atlantic music. He studied classical guitar with maestro Mario Riveros, flamenco guitar with professor Roberto Martinez, electric guitar with professor Amir Calzadilla. Upon graduating as a music instructor, Diego began teaching the skills he had acquired throughout the years. Diego left Colombia and came to the United States in 2006 to continue with his musical studies. Entered to be part of the project “factor Guitar” with the flamenco guitars Alejandro de la Fuente and Miguel Grieco; They perform at many prestigious places like Ritz Carlton Hotel , portofino hotel gaylord palms hotel and others widely throughout Orlando and Miami areas. Having fallen in love with flamenco music, Diego began to perform and record solo. In 2008 he released his first CD “Cantos De Mi Guitarra” with all original compositions with melodic, classical guitar and mellow Latin jazz, with a Spanish and Latin American influence. Diego de Caceres studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of music with the more famous teachers of Berklee, Tim miller, Bruce Saunders, Larry Baione, Rick Peckham, Robin Stone and now he is a Certified teacher From Berklee college. Currently, Diego is working on his new album Rumba catalana with a very strong catalan Flamenco infuence.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very patient teacher, I love when my students say, "I'm understanding everything", I repeat 100 times until my students learn clear ideas and concepts. It's very important enjoy the class and have fun.
students will learn methods of improvisation, phrasing, scales, chords, rhythms, Favorite songs, fretboard mastery, and sound conception that are essential guitar techniques.
Many beginning guitarists have learned the basics of open and moveable chord shapes, but aren't sure how or why the individual notes within the chord work so well together, or the ways by which they can expand this chord knowledge to unlock the fret board of the guitar.
Scale study is a fundamental building block to guitar mastery. Accomplished guitarists use scales to add color, mood, depth and feeling to their playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Imac computer with printer Electric Guitars: Parker, Ibanez, Jackson Acoustic guitars: Cordoba, Yamaha, Ibanez. Amp: Fender Music stands, Pedals, and books.
Paul W. November 7, 2014
Flamenco Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I have just completed my third lesson with Diego and I am more than pleased. He is a phenomenal guitarist and an excellent teacher. He is motivated and truly loves doing what he does. He covers everything from techniques, body mechanics and music theory. I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to learn the wonderful art of Flamenco Guitar.
Maria A. September 24, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My child had an excellent experience with Diego as he was always very courteous, professional and well prepared for us. I would recommend Diego as an instructor to surely help you achieve your learning goals.
Juan L. December 30, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Excellent customer services
Diego M. has a great teaching skills, he acts very professional, excellent communicator, very patient and flexible. I can recomend him to anybody, that is really interested in learning how to play guitar.
I will help you develop your skills on the guitar from sight reading to chord comping. I work with students from all levels of proficiency from beginners to advanced. I will focus on your individual needs and custom design a learning program for you.
With a bachelors degree in music from Rutgers University, I began teaching guitar over 20 years ago. I have recorded with Larry Coryell and many other artists over the course of my career. My teaching style is direct and to the point. We will go through all the necessary theory of music and apply it to the fretboard to unleash your creativity. If you are looking to advance your style beyond what you thought you could not play, lets get started with some lessons. With certification on ProTools, I have recorded and worked with Jon Anderson(Yes), as a producer and engineer. I can teach you the
art of recording and editing for music production.
*** Lesson Details *** Fretboard fingering positions. Music Theory. Scales and modes. Fingerpicking. Hybrid Picking. Legato vs. Staccato playing. Reading charts. Comping Soloing.
*** Studio Equipment *** ProTools 11.2 fully equipped recording studio.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide instruments, amplification. Also audio equipment for teaching digital recording.
*** Specialties *** Specialize in jazz performance, progressive rock, music theory, guitar technique.
Rick Payne August 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dennis makes you comfortable right away. Very easy to relate to. He moves at a pace his students are comfortable with. I look forward to MANY more lessons.
Timothy Z. December 14, 2013
Dennis is an all around great teacher. He is easy and comfortable to work with, but knows exactly how and when to get things done. Most importantly for me, Dennis was able to let me know which things I needed to work on to better my musicianship while also helping me figure out how to utilize what I had already accomplished to achieve new goals. As a metal player getting into jazz improvisation I had some really strong skills and many things that needed serious work. Dennis was able to help me use my strengths from previous experience to become better at something entirely new.
Mindful of tradition, but more interested in innovation, Dennis has a vast knowledge of modern styles, chord progressions, chord shapes, and scales you can't just learn from any guitar teacher. You can hear it on his record; Dennis is just as much of an individual in his playing as he is in his teaching. Unfortunately due to relocation I can no longer take lessons from Dennis but he got the ball rolling for me into new worlds of guitar playing and musical thinking that has been incredibly valuable to me.
Pati V. December 11, 2013
I decided to re-kindle my guitar playing skills after putting down the instrument for several years and not knowing what results to expect. I was amazed to find my ability to play quickly returning while taking lessons with Dennis. He was patient, encouraging and always professional and courteous. I am now practicing every day and continue to progress. I would encourage anyone seeking a skilled and talented instructor to sign up with Dennis. He has versatility with many different styles of playing and accomplished at them all.
Students can expect a knowledge and theoretical based training in development of the classical guitar. Being able to play well with the knowledge of what they are doing.
Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, an
d performing live.
*** Lesson Details *** Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. Starting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress. Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook
*** Specialties *** I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.
Vicki K. October 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I love my new instructor, Damien! So thankful for your approach!!!
Isabelle October 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Very laid back and easy to follow
Susan S. October 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Damien is the best instructor I have ever had and I took lessons from multiple teachers for over 15 years for piano, keyboards, and guitar. He is extremely knowledgeable, talented, and personable. He has a structured and comprehensive approach to music theory and teaches from a socratic method which I love, although he tailors his approach to fit each student's personality and skill level. I have had instructors in the past who taught by ear and could not increase my knowledge base or skill level in reading music and understanding music theory. Damien's style and approach is driven by his education and experience and is the best I have ever encountered. If you want to just have a little fun learning a few chords and songs, or you want to become an accomplished musician, he is the best choice.
I have taught guitar for two years. My students have gone from not playing guitar at all to regularly learning new songs. Within the first lessons, for example, you can learn how to seamlessly connect chords allowing you to better tackle any song. I specialize use books, written manuscript and online tools. Music stands are available during lessons. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and can’t wait to meet you!
In 2014, I graduated Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in music composition. While there I also focused on jazz studies, classical guitar and taught various styles of guitar lessons on the side. I recently moved to Florida and currently living in the Four Corners area. When teaching I strive to give the student the most out of each lesson. When it comes to solving problems, I methodically break them down to effectively solve the source of the issue. I believe in honesty, reliability, keeping a level head and positive thought, keeping an open mind, and an open ear – you never k
now when you can learn something new.
Philipp November 7, 2015
There are three music teachers whom I consider to be the best I've ever had, and Chris Mann is one of them. The other two were simultaneously university professors and principal players of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The common thread between all three is open mindedness, which allows for unconditional compassion for students and excellent skill in playing and teaching various styles. Chris Mann always listened to my questions and concerns, and he never failed to resolve my issues, whatever they were (technical, theoretical, motivational, etc.). If he knew the way (90% of the time I studied with him), he would show me; if he wasn't immediately sure of the way, he would find it and show me. I didn't come across any obstacle that Chris couldn't help me through. I believe that if you learn from Chris, there will be no limits, and you'll have a great time while you're at it.
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Bob
"Peter is a great teacher who can be very flexible according to the 'path' the student wants to take. In my case it was classical, but we branched off into
Electric Bass and steel string a few times. This guy is phenomonal with a steel string - and a very thoughtful teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Leo
Good teacher, very passion with kids. My son really likes this classes."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by John
"Enjoying Guitar Lessons
John does a great job teaching me how to play the guitar. He focuses on form, which is important and is patient when I don't get
something quite right. If you are looking for a qualified, friendly and professional instructor give him a try."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Phil
"Learning to play classical guitar was a "bucket list " item for a very long time. When I finally got the opportunity through a xmas gift certificate from
my kids, I was both excited and apprehensive about the opportunity. Excited about the prospect of finally starting my musical journey but apprehensive about starting to play an instrument later on in life. In my first class Walter sensed my nervousness and quickly put me at ease by listening to me and exploring my reasons for wanting to learn the guitar. Fast forward the clock about 2 years and I'm still learning and progressing on my musical journey, accompanied along the way by a very talented and patient instructor. Make no mistake about it, learning an instrument has been one of the most difficult challenges I've undertaken. But with Walter's patience and ability to gauge my progress he's been able to keep me challenged and motivated. As long as I continue to grow musically, I feel I've come a long way in fulfilling my bucket list objective and for that I have Walter to thank."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Andrea
"David is a wonderful teacher who makes learning to play music interesting. He seems to focus on his student's progress and lead them in the right directio
n. I am a current classical guitar student of his and he has helped me to prepare various pieces and scales for my upcoming college audition. I would highly recommend David to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar as he is very patient and a very skilled guitarist and teacher!"
Buffalo, NY teacher:
Review by Kristi
"I've had a great experience as Eric's student. He is highly knowledgeable as a guitar teacher and I have loved learning classical technique from him. An
d I'm kind of picky, since I already have a degree in music and am also a music teacher! He has really helped me broaden my skills as a guitarist and I can highly recommend him as a teacher for all kinds of guitar styles."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by D
"So happy we found her!
Nanette is professional, knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher. My son already plays guitar, but needed Classical training to prep
are for College. A mutual friend suggested Nanette, and I am so grateful! She is perfect for us!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Eve
"Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a ver
y motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Hannah
"I have taken class guitar, private lessons, and guitar ensemble with Jan. All of which were both fun and very educational. He is very patient, excellent a
t explaining technique and theory, and chooses pieces that are fun to play and that will help the student improve their technique and musicianship. In addition, he relates well to students of all ages and musical backgrounds. I would highly recommend Jan to anyone who is interested in learning to play guitar or improving their skills."