Julia Howatson

Julia H.

Spokane, WA
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Beginner, Intermediate
Whether you like to sing pop, classical or jazz, pick a few of your favorite songs and we will work together to help you achieve a beautiful singing voice. Lessons include vocal exercises to practice proper vowel placement, breath support, alignment and intonation. A wide expanse of vocal literature is available, but it is important for the student to practice songs they love.

About Julia H.

Julia is a music educator based out of Spokane, WA and has been teaching since 2009. She received her training from Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelors in Music. Julia teaches all experience levels from beginner, to intermediate and advanced, and also has experience working with children with special needs.

Julia has studied voice under the private tutelage of Greta Matassa, Dr. Sheila K. Converse, Dr. John Weiss, and Gene Wright. Julia has also studied trumpet with Lance Buller and jazz piano with Dr. Charles Argersinger. She worked as a vocal soloist for Sacred Heart Baptist Church in Pullman, WA, sang with the Seattle Womens’ Chorus, and crooned at Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club. Julia was an avid performer in the School of Music at Washington State University, including the Library Atrium Recital Series, Concert Choir, Musicals, Operettas, and the Cougar Marching Band.

***Lesson Details***

A personalized plan is made for each student depending on their goals and level of commitment. Intensity varies depending on what the student's goals are, and how much the student is available to fit in practice time. Some students are singing/playing competitively, and some are just singing/playing for fun!

At each lesson we will tune and warm-up, and review the practice assignment from the previous lesson. Julia will congratulate the student on their improvements and then use a variety of methods to help the student become more comfortable with any potential trouble spots. The next part of the lesson will be used to introduce new material.

Most lessons take place at Juia's home studio. For an additional fee, lessons may be booked at the students location or home.

Please note:
-Vocal lessons require a piano. Vocalists requesting in home lessons need to own a piano; a keyboard may even work depending on the maximum decibal output.
-All piano students must have a keyboard or piano available to practice outside of lesson time.
-Guitar players also do need to own a guitar in order to practice outside of lesson time.


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23 Reviews
Arianna J.
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Julia was wonderful with our daughter! We will definitely continue with Julia when the play is done!

Posted Sep 27, 2018
Ole S.
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The teacher was unaware that I paid for lessons that were 45 minutes in length. She thought that they were 30 minutes. The music that she sent me only had the first page of each piece. I liked her very much as well as my son did. First lesson so I don't know that this is a fair assessment yet.

Posted Sep 10, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Julia was super organized and “in tune” with my daughter. She gives just the right amount of praise. It’s very genuine. Julia had a real interest in finding the perfect music for my daughter to practice and listen too. My daughter really enjoyed her lesson.

Posted Aug 1, 2018
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Very encouraging and knowledgeable. Learned alot of new things even in the first lesson!

Posted Jul 9, 2018
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Great first impression. Good atmosphere

Posted Feb 24, 2018
Hailey T.
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When we walked out of Julia's lesson with Hailey, Hailey said and I quote, "that was the most amazing thing ever!' Hailey is 9 and has never done this before. She wants to have a better singing voice for auditions for theatre, and she truly has found the perfect teacher.

Posted Nov 21, 2017
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Posted Oct 30, 2017
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Julia is an attentive and encouraging instructor. I highly enjoyed the lesson.

Posted Oct 15, 2017
Tyanah G.
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Julia is an excellent singing teacher. Very proficient in singing and music. She's very friendly, approachable with excellent communication skills. She makes the lessons extremely fun and positive all the while making sure you are learning and will push you to be your best.

Posted May 9, 2017
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Great manner and engaging approach. My 13-year old daughter loves her.

Posted Aug 26, 2016
Cindy Vaughn
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I had a great first experience and I'm excited for my next lesson

Posted Jul 8, 2016
Sherrill Nichols
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Julia is a great instructor and she's fun to work with! I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Posted Nov 8, 2015
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Julia is a fabulous teacher. My daughter took voice lessons from her and had such a fun time. I highly recommend Julia!

Posted Sep 20, 2015
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My daughter has really embraced learning the guitar in part to the patience and encouragement Julia provides. The 1-1 attention Julia gives creates a unique and fun learning environment. Lessons with Julia are a highlight to the week so much that my younger son will be starting lessons with her!

Posted Aug 7, 2015
Izabelle S.
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Julia is great.

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Josie G.
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She's fantastic with kids! Our 9 yr old has started taking singing lessons from Julia and she's wonderful. She knows how to explain musical terms and techniques in an easy to understand way for our daughter. Best of all, she's encouraging and makes it all fun!!

Posted Jun 24, 2015
Varun K.
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Julia is an awesome teacher. She is patient and makes learning fun!

Posted Jun 5, 2015
Natalie K.
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Julia is amazing! We plan to continue with Julia for a long time!

Posted May 11, 2015
Khanh T.

Over all Julia is a great teacher. My daughter likes Julia

Good lessons. Work well with kids. Our schedule is hard to match but we manage to make it work. Thanks Julia!

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Love her feedback and enthusiasm. Super supportive and flexibile with not only scheduling but how I might want to learn. Great energy!

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Really good!!! My dauther love you after 1 class..

Posted Feb 26, 2012

Julia Is Great!

We love Julia! She is very professional, personable, flexible and fun. My daughter really enjoys her voice lessons with Julia. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a talented voice teacher.

Posted Oct 6, 2011

this is what my 10 yr old daughter had to say about julia--"SHE'S AMAZING!"

Posted Sep 10, 2011

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Music Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

Music Plus Learning Center

Instruct group piano, ukulele and music explorer classes. Instruct private lessons.

Music Instructor
Jun 2010 - Present

Private Music Lessons

Rehearsal Pianist
May 2014 - May 2016

Seattle Women's Choir

Play polyphonic vocal lines on piano during sectional rehearsals, to help vocalists learn their parts.

Group Piano Instructor
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012

Music Lessons On Wheels

Instruct group keyboard and guitar lessons at Seattle Public Schools afterschool program.

Apr 2007 - May 2010

Sacred Heart Parish

Solo vocalist for weekly service, with organ accompaniment. Lead congregation with responsorial psalms and hymns. Select and prepare repertoire appropriate for for weekly readings.


BA Music
Aug 2004 - May 2010

Washington State University



Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of Music
May 2010

Washington State University


Mu Phi Epsilon
Oct 2008
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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