- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Julie taught herself to play clawhammer banjo, influenced by various Appalachian instrumentalists and accompanists (including Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley, Hobart Smith, and Lily May Ledford), but her style is also influenced by years of playing with midwestern and southern-style dance fiddlers.
I offer lessons in clawhammer (down-picked) banjo, from basic technique to drop-thumb style, the "Galax lick," sweeping the strings, approaches to song accompaniment, use of tunings, and much more.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+
- Teaching since:
I am a professional musician, specializing in traditional American and Irish music and song; I can, however, also teach classical guitar and beginning-intermediate violin. My CD, "American Stranger," has received critical acclaim and I have authored two books on DADGAD guitar for Mel Bay Publications.
I taught myself guitar at the age of thirteen, but took three years of lessons at Washington University, where I also studied English and French. As an adult I became interested in fingerstyle guitar in open tunings, especially DADGAD. I am, however, happy to teach in standard tuning--including basic guitar proficiency, classical guitar, and "folk" guitar.
I have played violin since I was eleven, taking lessons until the age of sixteen and playing in both high school orchestra and the local youth symphony. I later learned to suspend much of my classical technique in order to play both old-time and traditional Irish fiddle as authentically as possible; but I still retain my initial training and apply good basic violin technique to my fiddle and (of course) her violin teaching, while tailoring it to the musical idioms of each of students.
I have also studied voice, which again, however, I have never allowed to interfere with my performance of traditional songs--largely because I had developed a traditional approach to the singing of both American southern mountain repertory and traditional Irish song many years before receiving any formal instruction. This training, however, has given me greater insight into how to get the most out of your voice for almost any style.
I also taught myself to play lap dulcimer, basing my approach on the Eastern Kentucky styles associated with Jean Ritchie, Barbara Edwards, and Anne MacFie—that is, primarily using a small dowel stick or noter to sound the melody, and playing counter-melodies for song accompaniments.
My clawhammer banjo-playing is influenced by various Appalachian instrumentalists and accompanists (including Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley, Hobart Smith, and Lily May Ledford), but my style is also influenced by years of playing with midwestern and southern-style fiddlers.
I welcome students ages 10 or above, and have learned to adapt my teaching style to the individual student, helping each one to make the most of his or her talents and enthusiasms, while emphasizing sound technique and good practice habits.
I also teach academic subjects, especially English (in which I hold a Ph.D.) and French (in which I hold a B.A.). In English, I emphasize good grammar and solid composition skills and try to get my students as excited as I am about everything from sentence structure to Shakespeare.
Substitute teaching K-12, though mostly secondary level. Subjects have included English (Language Arts), French, and Music.
I have taught students of both middle school and high school age, concentrating on grammar, literature, and composition (writing).
Although I have taught occasional private lessons since the 1990s, I have become more active as a private music teacher since 2010, teaching especially classical and folk guitar, mountain dulcimer, 5-string banjo, violin, traditional Irish and old-time fiddle, and traditional Irish singing (the latter both individually and in workshops).Show More
Primarily commented on and graded Writing II papers (second-semester composition) and Folklore exams and essays. I also gave lectures for several classes.
Substitute taught K-12, though mostly secondary level. Subjects included English (Language Arts), French, and Music.
Evaluated and commented on student essays, mostly secondary and university level (8th grade through graduate theses).
I taught Fundamentals of Composition on the Drury University-Ava campus and The Nature of the English Language on the Springfield (main) campus.
Taught mostly on the secondary level, all subjects, but primarily English (Language Arts), French, and Music.
Taught mostly on the secondary level, all subjects, but primarily English (Language Arts) and French.
Certified via the Ph.D./Praxis route.
We had some trouble with the audio on her end, but once we got going, it went well. I spoke and understood a lot of French in my first hour! Julie is going to help me with singing in French. I'm so excited.
Many people are talented as performers but not gifted as instructors - Julie is most definitely both. She uses her keen ear to let you know your strengths, and finds productive ways to help you improve weak points. She lives and breathes traditional music and it is always a true delight to learn from her.Show More
I have been taking lessons in classical style guitar from Julie for about two years. She has patiently brought me through increasingly more difficult technique by choosing a wide variety of challenging but enjoyable pieces to practice. I am gradually working my way up the fret towards the 5th position. She has helped me with theory, including rhythm, the major and minor scales and chord building. Her empathy is a particular blessing for me because of my poor eyesight and the arthritis in my wrists, hands and fingers.”Show More
I felt like I learned more with just my first lesson with Julie than I did in multiple lessons with other instructors.
I am only interested in learning frailing/claw hammer and that is what Julie teaches, and teaches well. Other instructors which I have had in the past only give a nod to claw hammer and want to focus on Scruggs style picking which, while I love listening to it, holds no appeal to me for playing.
I finally have hope that I may actually learn to play banjo.
Very patient and experienced
Thoroughly enjoyed the lesson. Julie is very talented, patient and easy to be with.
I am excited to learn from her.
I loved working with Julie. She considered what my goals were for playing and the playing style I was interested in. She then guided my lesson practice toward those goals, while at the same time making sure I was getting the underlying foundational principles to build upon. I'm off to a good strong start and I'm certain I will continue to build my skills and enjoy playing music for many years.Show More
I'm very excited about my lessons.