“Jill Heinke is an incredibly talented and dynamic flute player with an adventurous style, impeccable reliability, and a spectacularly diverse set of talents. She has a refreshingly holistic approach to music learning and making, and she is one of my favorite collaborators on any instrument.”

Jeff Anderle, Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

“Jill Heinke is a terrific multi-instrumentalist, a skilled performer, and an enthusiastic teacher. She is professional, prepared, and is able to transmit a joy of learning to her students. I have worked with Jill in many different capacities over the last several years, both as a teacher and performer; I am consistently impressed with her dedication and ability. As a music instructor and performer myself with over 20 years experience, I can say that I highly recommend Jill without reservation.”

Nils Erickson, Performer and Music Educator, B.A. Berklee College of Music, Magna Cum Laude

Studio & Teaching Philosophy

I currently teach privately at West Valley Music in Mountain View, and Menlo School in Atherton. For more information on lesson availability and auditioning for Planetflute Studios, please contact me directly.

“Jill is a phenomenal flute teacher! Our daughter has been studying flute with her for over four years, and I have nothing but wonderful comments about her teaching. Thanks to her excellent teaching, which emphasizes teaching/learning not only how to play the instrument but also how to appreciate/understand music, it has been our joy to watch our daughter grow in a relatively short time frame from a beginning to an advanced player who can play the flute with skillful techniques, coupled with a good understanding of the music pieces that she plays. Jill’s own knowledge and skill as a professional flute performer of premier quality, combined with her sensitive and nurturing teaching method, was a perfect match for our daughter. She knows how to motivate a student to do her/his best and challenge herself/himself to go to the next level of performance. Jill encouraged our daughter to challenge herself by playing with highly reputable local orchestras, chamber music groups and summer flute institutes as well as participating in highly respected music exams/competitions with success. Jill is genuinely interested in helping a child grow not only as a musician but also as a whole person. She sets high (but realistic) expectations for her students, but presented always in a nurturing way, which, I believe, is the best music teaching method because students may get discouraged when faced with demands that are either unrealistic or not presented in a nurturing and sensitive approach. Jill is positive (but firm at the same time), encouraging, patient, dedicated, fair, and highly effective in utilizing verbal feedback and modeling. On top of that, she is fun, energetic, kind, and passionate about music! Jill, as an active member of the award winning Areon Flutes (which invests seriously in music education beyond their stellar performances), is also a great role model for our daughter. One could not ask for a better teacher!”

Hyun Park, mother of 10th grade student Caroline, San Jose State University faculty, Palo Alto resident

“Jill is a great teacher — encouraging and cheerful, but firm and musical. She has been a positive influence on the flutist I am today and the band director I hope to be in the future.”

Tamaki, age 19, Music Education Major on full scholarship at University of North Texas

“If you are an adult wanting to learn how to play the flute, Jill Heinke is the kind of teacher I would pick. I feel very fortunate to have Jill Heinke as my flute teacher.”

Edith Nishimura, Adult Amateur Flutist

My extensive teaching background and multiple music degrees serve as the backdrop for my passions as a teacher. My overall positive, encouraging-yet-firm nature is combined with designing each lesson toward the goals of the individual student. I welcome both casual music-lovers who want to improve, as well as students who desire to gain a more competitive edge. Rooted in traditional methods, having been formally trained from the perspective of both French and American styles, I strive to tailor my methods to each of my client's needs. While assessing students and guiding them along the path that we carve together, I use core fundamentals, such as tone and standard technique exercises, to show students how they can explore their musical development and become much more than a flutist, but a whole musician. Lessons should be fun and gratifying, and I hold students to a high standard while providing a supportive and cheerful environment for learning.


Performing at the Faculty Artist Series, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sept 22, 2011.
The piece is "Lipstick" by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, aka Jacob TV.


Born in Wisconsin and raised in Illinois, Jill Heinke developed her love of music early. Growing up in a musical household, she began learning piano, flute, and bass guitar at a young age; her musical achievements quickly followed. In middle school, she was winning local competitions; in high school, she won all the major school music awards (she is still the only person to win the major concert band and jazz band awards in the same year); in the community, she won the Rockford Area Music Industry Outstanding High School Musician Award/ Scholarship. Jill used this momentum to propel her to the University of California at Santa Barbara to continue her passion.

While pursuing her Bachelor of Music at the University of California at Santa Barbara with internationally acclaimed flute professor Jill Felber, Ms. Heinke immersed herself in all aspects of performance. She participated and held principal positions in all of the ensembles on campus: orchestra, chamber music, baroque ensemble, and contemporary music ensemble (flute), and jazz combos and big band (bass). At UCSB, Ms. Heinke received the Excellence-at-Entrance Scholarship Award, the Loren Toder Memorial Scholarship, the Women’s Alumni Leadership Scholarship, and an Honors College Research Fellowship Grant. After graduating from the Honors Program with Highest Honors, Jill decided to go to both of her top two graduate school choices. She began her graduate studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree while studying with Tim Day, principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to participating in numerous chamber ensembles and the symphony orchestra at the conservatory, Jill participated in the Conservatory in the Schools program, providing music teaching help to underprivileged students at inner-city schools, and thus her passion for teaching began.

Further educational pursuits brought Jill to the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Susan Milan, world-renowned recording artist, soloist, chamber musician, and former principal flutist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and received her Postgraduate Diploma while on a full scholarship as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.

When Jill returned to California to finish her Masters degree, she joined local flute chamber music sensations Areon Flutes. Areon Flutes went on to perform at Carnegie Hall (2007) and win Bronze Medal at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (2008). Ever since, Areon has been growing its reputation as cutting-edge contemporary chamber musicians, concertizing and teaching master classes around the USA, as well as running their own myriad educational programs as a non-profit organization. Areon Flutes are Miyazawa Artists, and they have self-released two albums which can be purchased on iTunes.

Ms. Heinke currently operates a thriving private flute studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she shares her energetic passion for teaching and love of music-making with her students in weekly lessons. She teaches beginner through college and adult-amateur levels, and welcomes those who want a competitive edge as well as those who seek to expand their musical knowledge in a more casual setting. Many of her students participate in local youth symphonies, and her students have won numerous local, regional, and state awards, including All- County Band, All-State Band, CMEA Soloist Competition State-wide Command Performance, MTAC VOCE Soloist and Chamber Music winners, Burlingame Music Club Scholarship, and more. Ms. Heinke also serves on the faculty at American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, where she teaches weekly group classes, as well as at Menlo School in Atherton, where she coaches Upper School chamber music ensembles and directs the Middle School Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her extensive teaching and flute performance career, Jill also finds time to play bass and tour with the acclaimed bay area indie band Birds & Batteries, appearing on the last 3 albums as bassist (including some flute tracks). Ms. Heinke serves on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music, where she teaches at “rock camps” throughout the summer, and is a freelance bassist around the region.


You can contact me directly at planetflute@gmail.com.