Jillian Ashcraft – Voice, Guitar, Piano Teacher

Voice, Guitar, Piano

Jillian Ashcraft


B.M. Jazz vocal performance, Temple University

Jazz, Pop

I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music. At Temple, I was active in the school’s jazz department where I studied jazz vocal performance. I am a current graduate student at Temple University, and I gig around the Philadelphia area with various groups as well as with my quartet! I value positive reinforcement in teaching, and always try to to encourage my students with constructive advice rather than criticism. Additionally, I try to focus lessons around the music that the student loves and wants to learn!

When did you begin playing Instrument, and why?

I have been singing for as long as I can remember! I have always loved to sing whether it be solo or with a group. Some of my fondest memories have been learning and performing music, which has led me to pursue it as a career!

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?

While voice is my primary instrument, I also play guitar. I often use the guitar as an accompaniment and writing tool for myself, but also enjoy playing guitar in a group whether it be jazz, pop, or rock!

What are your personal goals as a musician?

Some of my personal goals as a musician include recording my original music and continuing to perform both locally, and eventually on tour.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?

I remember working on a tune with my teacher that I was struggling to make my own. We discussed the lyrics, then she had me speak the lyrics rather than sing them. After trying this, when I went back to singing the song it was much more emotive and conversational.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?

One of my favorite pieces of advice from a teacher is to not be afraid of your own sound!

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument

I have had challenges with utilizing the entirety of my vocal range, and not just staying in my comfort zone. With the right vocal warmups and techniques from my teachers, I have been able to significantly improve this issue. I hope to be able to help my students with challenges such as this and more!

What is your biggest musical achievement?

I would say my biggest musical achievement has been having the opportunity to gig with my group frequently in the area!

Favorite thing about teaching?

My favorite thing about teaching is when a student discovers they can sing/play something they didn’t know they could before!

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?

Always prioritize the joy of learning music. It is easy to become discouraged when working on challenging skills, but it is important to always remember the importance and fun of playing music for yourself and others!


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