Jill Jantzen, a native of Oklahoma, began playing piano at the age of five. She received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance (2010) from Oklahoma City University, Bass School of Music. In 2013, she completed her Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt.
Jill began her teaching career in 2008 as the piano department chair and main instructor at a fine arts high school in Oklahoma City. In 2011, she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, where she worked with college music majors and non-music majors. By the end of her term in 2013, she was recognized as CCM’s Outstanding Graduate Assistant of the Year.
Jill specializes in teaching intermediate to advanced levels, but loves working with students of all levels, who are excited to learn piano. Jill strives to allow her own love for art and music to spread to her students. She teaches classical, pop, and jazz music, and likes to include improvisation, rhythmic, and other musical activities in her lessons.
Outside of teaching, Jill maintains an active performing career by giving frequent solo and collaborative recitals. It is through her own performing that she is able to explore new ways of teaching her own students. Past piano instructors, who have ignited her passion for music, include Sergio Monteiro, Amy I-Lin Cheng, and Claudia Carroll-Phelps.