- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
“I was a violin student of Julie H. for about a year, during which time I was continually impressed by her preparation, her teaching skills, and her patience. She provided me with helpful written materials before my lessons began, coached me carefully about technique, and made learning an enjoyable experience. Besides being an excellent musician herself, Julie also has an extensive knowledge of many musical styles, from classical to jazz, Celtic to old-timey, so that her student can follow his or her interest in any genre with her informed oversight.” –Jim Jones, violin/fiddle student
- 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).+ Read 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.
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.+ Read More
I'm very excited about my lessons.