Jill Kocher Piano Studio
Piano and Music for Ages 2 through Adult
Jill works with private and group students ages 2 and above. Piano lessons can begin at about age 3 or older when there is interest and motivation to pursue study. Students as young as age two may enjoy enrolling in Music for Young Children pre-piano Sunrise™ music classes before beginning with private or group keyboarding classes. If you are a bit senior, don’t fret. Jill has extensive experience working with adult beginners who have had no previous, limited experience, or have been away from lessons and playing for a long time. Your piano lesson curriculum will be carefully individualized to fit your personal needs, goals, musical tastes, and preferred pace of study. For more information on lesson content and guidelines for study, please see the Studio Policies.  
Accompanying Services
Jill has been accompanying and playing chamber music for over 15 years. She has worked with choirs, solo vocalists, instrumentalists, and large ensembles.  In Greenville, NC, Jill was pleased to be a substitute accompanist for many area churches. Jill continues to offer accompanying services for undergraduate and graduate students, choirs, churches, and chamber music ensembles. Please call or e-mail for further information.  
Music for Young Children™ Certified, 2020
California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential - Music, 2019
Music Teachers National Association, Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, 2015
Music for Young Children™ Sunrise™ Certified, 2011
Music Teachers National Association, Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, 2005
New York State Public School Provisional Certificate, Music K-12, 2000
M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, 2002
        East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
B.M. in Music Education and Piano Performance, Cum Laude, 1999,
        State University of New York College at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY.
Professional Memberships
Jill Kocher has had the honor of studying with many fine piano teachers. Her major teachers have been Robert Jordan, Paul Tardif, Kerry Carlin, and Donna Terepka. She has received additional coaching with Nathan Hess, Keiko Sekino, Henry Doskey, George Fee, and Susan Fee. Jill was introduced to the Feldenkrais method by Phyllis East at SUNY Fredonia and continued additional Feldenkrais studies with Sam Nelsen in Rochester, NY.        
Jill Kocher has performed in masterclasses offered by Stanislav Ioudenitch, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist; and Yael Weiss.          
Awards and Accomplishments
Jill Kocher’s students have performed at consistently high levels in local and state contests of North Carolina and California, often receiving honors ratings. Several students have been awarded top prizes at the local level. She has also had students continue on to be music minors and majors at the undergraduate level. At the same time, Jill takes much pride in working with hobbyist students who have no or little interest in performing and simply enjoy playing for recreational purposes.    
Jill Kocher was a recipient of a full graduate scholarship, graduate teaching assistantship, and Graduate Scholar Award in the School of Music at East Carolina University. In 2002, she became a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Jill was a finalist in the 2001 concerto competition at East Carolina University, and a finalist in the 1998 concerto competition at SUNY Fredonia. At SUNY Fredonia she was also a recipient of the Amy Bromelly Piano Scholarship, Jesse Hillman Piano Scholarship, and Piano Faculty Scholarship, and was awarded membership to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. Recently, Jill Kocher has been a recipient of MTNA grants for continuing education in 2017 and 2019.
About Jill and the Studio
Jill Kocher, NCTM (formerly Jill Bazar) is a native of Rochester, NY. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in New York, she moved to Greenville, NC where she completed her Master’s degree, and continued living, teaching, and performing there for seven years. In 2009, Jill made the great trek across the U.S. to the west coast with her husband. Jill also enjoys cooking, painting, visiting art galleries, running, hiking, and gardening.      
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