Jillian Beacon

Last updated: March 12, 2024

Jillian Beacon is a pianist, researcher, and a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa as a member of the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory and the Music and Health Research Institute. Her research explores mathematical approaches for measuring the effects of somatic training on pianists’ coordination patterns. Jillian holds a Master's degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Music in Integrated Studies from the University of Calgary with majors in piano performance and composition. She is a practitioner, researcher, and lecturer at the University of Ottawa Musicians' Wellness Centre. As a musician, researcher and a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Jillian brings a rare cross-over of intersecting fields. She enjoys applying her knowledge in the fields of motor learning, somatic practices, and music performance to help musicians of all ages and abilities develop embodied strategies for maintaining lifelong, healthy and joyful music practice.