Jill has been teaching private and group performing arts lessons since 1997. She now has a small home studio of voice and piano students in North Adams, MA. Voice is her specialty. She has previously taught ten years of public school general & choral music and drama programs encompassing grades K - 12. As a soprano soloist, Jill loves to sing! She has performed with OperaUnMet in Boston, MA and community theaters throughout New England.
She is a public school certified music teacher in the states of ME and MA and holds a Bachelor of Science from Emerson College in Performing Arts. Jill teaches music from the Kodaly pedagogy perspective having also studied in the Kodaly Summer Institute at New England Conservatory of Music.
Arts education is a multi-generational process including traditions collected across time. Younger generations learn the value of the arts and carry it with them adding, altering and experimenting to adjust to our ever changing environment. To this end Jill has participated within a variety of community arts related organizations including: Berkshire Lyric Choir Member ~ Green Mountain Weavers and Spinners Guild Member ~ New England Folk Festival Association Dance Performances Chair ~ Lancaster Cultural Council Chairman ~ Massachusetts Cultural Council Member ~ Lancaster MA Contra Dance Founder & Organizer ~ Camden ME Civic Theater Board Member.
Mrs. Wheat also is a weaver. She currently uses a 39 inch weaving width (which can be doubled), four harness Macomber floor loom. Her weaving started as a hobby over the past decade. It is now the beginning of a freelance weaving business. Jill began weaving by using curtain rods as a weaving frame, then moved up to tying the warp threads on a bed frame which was a bit easier to reach. Next she tried using two chair backs and finally was given the gift of an actual floor loom. The loom certainly made things easier with its shafts to pull the threads up and drop them back down! Using wool from her mother's Cheviot sheep flock back in coastal Maine where she grew up, Jill began to sell her weaving. Woven goods are available for sale at songsailor.com . They can be viewed by appointment. Jill is very glad to create commissioned woven goods.
Jill loves her family of 2 youngsters, husband, dog & chickens. Weaving, sewing, singing with others, dancing, working in the garden & spending time outside all bring her joy. It seems that seeing people being kind and creating smiles amongst each other may be some of the best moments that Jill has observed. As a teacher, performer and crafter, she has learned that creating, sharing and giving are some of the most rewarding and productive tools one can acquire.