Studio & Teaching Philosophy


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“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

“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

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

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.