Julie M.

Julie M.

9 Reviews
West Sacramento, CA

About Julie M.

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Julie teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2004
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Average response time: 12 hours

Overview

I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years now. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Songwriting and Vocal Studies. I teach mostly contemporary musical styles such as Pop/Rock/Country/R&B, but I have also trained and coached many students interested in pursuing musical theater and classical styles as well. I have performed live in countless venues in many cities both as a solo artist, and with a band as a side-woman. I like to emphasize performance skills as well as the basic techniques. I also have a lot of experience in the recording studio, and I relate that to any student interested in recording. As a songwriter, I have co-written with a few of my students and coached them on song structure, melody, etc. I also incorporate as much basic music theory as I can with my students and their instruments, in order that they may understand the language of music better. Overall, I try to cater to the individual needs of each and every one of my students -- and have fun!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally tend to be laid back when it comes to my teaching style. After all, music is fun, and I want my students to have fun learning. However, that being said, I do expect my students to practice every day. Ideally I would love for everyone to create a timed half-hour practice session, but I realize that sometimes this isn't possible. So I try to emphasize that practicing a little, even for five minutes every day, is better than no practice at all. For voice studies, I devise my own curriculum according to what level and style the student wishes to learn. Everything is very technique-oriented, meaning that we will spend half of the lesson on vocal technique, and half of the lesson on applying that technique to performance and songs. I wholly encourage my students to choose their own songs; that way, I know that they like them. However, I have quite a catalogue of songs I can choose should the student have trouble deciding.

For guitar and piano lessons, the books and methods vary depending on age and level. For beginners in guitar I like to use the Hal Leonard Beginner Guitar Series, for both children and adults (there is a separate set for both). For piano I am partial to the Alfred catalogue, especially for children. I highly recommend for beginner piano students that they purchase the whole set of books together: Lessons, Technique, Performance and Theory. These books are designed to work together and give the student a better understanding of playing, reading and musical language skills. As with voice, however, I encourage students to bring me material of their choice for piano and/or guitar. Workbooks can be tedious sometimes, and since I want my students to have fun and remain interested, I want to teach them what they desire to learn as much as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, 2 acoustic and 1 electric guitar, keyboard with organ sounds, amps, microphones, music stands and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all paperwork and practice material. Sometimes I will bring a portable keyboard for vocal lessons if one is not available. It is important for a student to have a guitar or bass to practice on if they are a guitar student (acoustic or electric), and it is helpful for a student to have a piano or a working keyboard for piano and voice lessons

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in contemporary music styles, but I am very technique-oriented and I incorporate music theory in every style and instrument that I teach. My methods of teaching range from use of books from beginner to advanced styles, to my own personal lesson plans that I have accumulated over the years. I also specialize in one-on-one singer/songwriter clinics to help better writing styles, melody writing, chord structure, etc.

Photos and Videos

Mahalo Guitar instruction video

Experience

Music Instructor Jan 2010 - Mar 2013
Join the Band

Private lessons and rock band instruction

Guitar Instructor Mar 2010 - Oct 2011
Mahalo

Guitar instructional videos for all levels on Youtube.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Sep 1998 - May 2001
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
French Limited Proficiency

Certifications

SAMMY Award Nominee Mar 2006
Sacramento News and Review

In the Folk/Singer/Songwriter category

Awards

Gold Card Member Mar 2009
Sacramento Jazz Society
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9 Reviews on Julie M.

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SusanD1 Jul 27, 2012
Julie is doing a good job of trying to keep Alexandria focused. Julie works well with her. Alexandria's attention during the 30 min. sessions is not as good as I had hoped. But Julie continues to try different songs, methods to keep her focused.
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JasonL Apr 19, 2012
Good Job!

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with our kids.
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VernaD Mar 28, 2012
Student

You are a great teacher. You create an environment of calmness, which makes it easier for me to learn and to have confidence. Thanks.
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MoniqueC1 Mar 4, 2012
Julie is patient and kind with our 'special needs' son. You are very supportive and encouraging with his challenges and attempts at developing his 'voice'. You have structured the lessons in a way that he can learn and have FUN at the same time! A wonderful teacher!
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DavidF Feb 28, 2012
We are thrilled to have chosen Julie!

Julie is on time, every time and she gets right down to business with each visit. She is professional and organized and clearly spends time planning her lessons. We are amazed at how much has been taught in just three lessons and we would not hesitate to recommend her. Do yourself a favor...consider no other instructor until you've given Julie a try.
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MichaelB Nov 23, 2010
Great Help

Julie has been great working with my daughter on her singing and my daughter has vastly improved, thanks to Julie's expertise and wonderful personality.
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AbdulK Nov 22, 2010
Very good teacher

Going at a good pace, everything is clear when she explains it. She is best suited for my type of learning.
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AmberQ Sep 15, 2010
Julie has helped me improve a lot in a short amount of time. From songwriting critique, ear training, to learning theory, I have been very pleased.
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WilliamJ Apr 2, 2010
I'm very pleased with Julie's approach; mixing practical with theory.