Instructor Photo Jillian Johnson

Grace Academy of Music Education & The Young Artists Orchestra

Of course, when we practice we want to sound better... however, always remember that we practice to make things EASIER!

Categories: Violin


Hello! I currently teach private lessons at the Grace Academy of Music Education (GAME):

I teach here on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! If that does not work, I would be happy to teach from my home or go to yours.
I am also the PREP Kids Instructor for The Young Artists Orchestra:
Please let me know if you have any questions!


Violinist Jillian Johnson, 22, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) and received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin with Brian Lewis and the Miró Quartet under full scholarship. At UT, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Lab Orchestra, CLUTCH (Collective Labors of the UT Composition Hub), Austin New Music Co-Op, and Density512. Jillian has performed in venues including the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. She has taught group classes, private lessons, and sectionals for the UT String Project, Austin Harmony Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra. She received her Violin Unit 1 Suzuki Training at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute in 2017 with Ann Montzka-Smelser, and Violin Unit 2 with Dr. Scott. She has performed in masterclasses for Rachel Barton Pine, Giora Schmidt, Phillipe Quint, Oleh Krysa, Philip Setzer, and others. Jillian has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird, Condoleezza Rice, and Chloé Trevor. A fan of modern compositions, Jillian served as concertmaster for the premiere of “The Three Musketeers” by Michael Thurber on From The Top Live with Christopher O’Riley and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial. She has recently engaged in solo performances with the Las Vegas Young Artists Academy Orchestra and the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra. Over the summer, Jillian has attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Center Stage Strings, The Orford Music Academy, and the Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard. As an orchestral musician, Jillian has performed as a sub with the Canton Symphony (OH), Henderson Symphony Orchestra (NV), and as a section violinist in the Victoria Symphony (TX). When she’s not performing or teaching, Jillian enjoys playing video games, painting, and cooking. Jillian currently studies with James Buswell of the Boston area.

I believe that anyone can play the violin and become a great musician! All of my teaching stems from that belief and I adapt how I teach with all of my students. The foundations of violin playing are our grounding blocks to making music. I teach my students to develop their technique from the very beginning while always aiming for relaxation of the body. Physical tension is the enemy of music! I also believe it is important for the \"modern musician\" to play music of all kinds. It is important to play diverse compositions and what you are passionate about! Once you have the tools to learn a piece you would like to play, I would be happy to work with you on it.

For very beginners, I usually teach from the following books:
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1
Music by Black Composers, Violin Volume 1, arr. by Rachel Barton Pine
Violin Music by Women: A Graded Anthology, ed. by Cora Cooper

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” - Shinichi Suzuki


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