Julie Lopez
Hermitage, TN
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Julie Lopez

Julie L.

Hermitage, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Ages 5 to 95, beginner to intermediate
We will choose a method that is fun for you.
Enjoy the music while learning how to play.
30 minute lessons are ONLY for students ages 8 and younger.
Adults are encouraged to choose 60 minute lessons or longer.

About Julie L.

I am passionate about Music and Music Education. It's rewarding for me to watch my students develop in their musical skill and enjoy making music more and more. My students range from the very young (5 years old) to school age children, to teens, and adults. My students benefit from my expertise in teaching Vocal and Piano music, my knowledge of Music Theory, and my encouraging teaching style. I have been involved in making music since I was a young child, and I have been teaching private students since I was a Music major at the University of Florida in 1982 when a fellow college student asked me to teach her voice lessons. I have a Music Education degree from the University of Florida; my major instrument was Voice, my minor was Piano. I taught as a public school music educator in Florida, California, and Tennessee between the years of 1983 to 1997. I taught private students after school in my classroom while I was a public school teacher, and from my home since 1997. My post-graduate continuing professional education includes Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University, Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1 (vocal teaching techniques, do-re-mi, ear training), Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification, Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Piano Lab certification. My professionalism and expertise are at your service. I will work together with you to insure an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson in my studio would begin with a brief question/answer time with the student to learn how their week has gone, and how their music practice is progressing.

For PIANO LESSONS we begin with Technique including scales and dexterity exercises, then we play from the Lesson book and a Recital selection. I typically let the student play through the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to play the piece again. After that we go over the Theory assignments, and do Ear Training exercises. I am comfortable teaching from a variety of different methods courses. The methods course is chosen according to the student's interest. I never require a piano student to continue using books that are not inspiring. There so many methods courses available, that a student may always be able to have methods books they LOVE.

In my SINGING LESSONS we also begin with a recap of the student's week. Then we continue with Warm Up exercises to prepare the student's voice for the lesson. Then we study Sight Singing and Solfege Singing (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) to increase the student's listening skills. After that the student sings their selections. Like I do in Piano lessons, I listen to the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to sing the piece again. I am comfortable teaching many styles of vocal music including classical, Broadway, pop, rock, and Christian.

For MUSIC THEORY lessons, the study material is chosen according to the student's interest and age. Topics include notation, chord structure, chord progression, melodic structure, and harmony. I also incorporate Music Listening in the Music Theory lesson in order to learn from the masters in many styles of music. My Music Theory students will also have the opportunity to develop composition and songwriting skills if they desire.

My teaching style is structured and friendly, keeping the student's goals and interests at the forefront. I enjoy motivating students to reach their highest potential.
After 3 to 6 months in my studio my students will see improvement in their musical technique, ear training, music reading, notation, and knowledge. They will be preparing recital pieces for an upcoming performance. I provide three Studio Class performances (February, June, October) and one recital opportunity (December) a year. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PIANO lessons in Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents may sit in on lesson.

SINGING lessons in Recording Studio: keyboard, recording equipment, desk, 2 chairs, music stand, microphone, private room. Parents may wait in adjacent rec room or sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books, the students should provide their instrument.

I do have a mobile keyboard to bring for SINGING lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1

Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification

Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Lab certified instructor

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Posted Mar 30, 2020
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Posted Mar 28, 2020
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Posted Mar 25, 2020
Julie H.
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Julie Lopez is Best of the best!

Posted Mar 16, 2020
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Posted Mar 9, 2020
Samantha H.
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She is kind and patient.

Posted Feb 10, 2020
Rebecca
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Julie is top notch! She is a great educator and works to find what her students like to play and let’s them explore that while making sure they have broad exposure to many music styles. She is extremely organized and efficient and the kids love her. Choosing Julie was the best decision we made for our son. He has grown so much musically under her teaching.

Posted Jan 12, 2020
Elizabeth
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I am one of Julie’s adult students, and have been taking piano lessons with her for just under a year and a half. She has helped me so much and I’m so glad I found her.

Before finding Julie, I had been playing for about six months on my own with very slow improvement and no understanding of music theory. Julie has helped increase my understanding of music theory, encouraged me to play in public with confidence, and helped me learn pieces I never thought I would ever be able to play.

Julie has a very nice and warm personality and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a piano teacher.

Posted Jan 11, 2020
Brett
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Ensures the child is playing things that appeal while still grounding in classics. Sensitive to the student's progress and keeps the material aligned with achievable goals. Stays connected emotionally, with regular praise and rewards. So glad we found Julie!

Posted Jan 10, 2020
Jenelle B.
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Posted Dec 14, 2019
Jenelle
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Julie is a fantastic teacher. She takes the time to get to know the child and encourages them to be their best. She is very patient and kind - you will not find a better tutor for your child. Thanks to her efforts, my daughter was on the Honor Roll with a 98% in Math. I highly recommend Julie as her passion for teaching and her approach with children is top notch.

Posted Nov 9, 2019
Alashia J.
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Posted Aug 14, 2019
Valorie W.
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To start piano lessons when you're 72 was challenging. But Julie is so amazing that it has been the one of best things I've done. She's just great. She's happy and her lessons carry over that happiness. I'll never be her best student but she makes you feel like you are. I look forward to seeing her each week.

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Jenelle B.
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Julie was very Kind and helped me A lot on my Place Values. She's very enthusiastic and I enjoyed talking with her, She was really Helpful when I was getting confused. And was very motivating.

Posted Jun 11, 2019
Jenelle B.
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She was very enthusiastic with me, i Loved working with her.

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Valorie W.
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My first lesson with Julie was great. I found her very easy to work with. She brings extra to the lessons.

Posted May 10, 2019
Veronika
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You are an awesome teacher and I am so looking forward to working with you !

Posted Feb 25, 2019
Lexi
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Great technique, friendly, and fun to work with

Posted Jan 15, 2019
Zakia T.
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Great

Posted Dec 20, 2018
David
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Detailed oriented, well organized and very experienced

Posted Sep 7, 2018
Bettina
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I have been living in Nashville since one and a half year. Julie helps me to remember my vocabulary from school in Germany an I have learned a lot of new things in her class. She is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person.

Posted Sep 6, 2018
Mercedes S.
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Julie is the best piano instructor my boys have had. Her theory based teaching has them learning pieces in record time - and her approach to theory isn't boring. They can now hear a song on the radio, recognize the chords and improvise on their own. She is engaging, encouraging and willing to explore the type of music they enjoy. She adapts her instruction methods based on individual personalities. Your child will not just learn to play piano, they will learn to appreciate music, composers and acquire knowledge that will assist in any instrument they play.

Posted Jun 20, 2018
Alyson
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Julie is wonderful! I'm an adult student who has been working with her for about a year. I took voice lessons from childhood through college, then life took over and I pretty much stopped singing. When I decided I wanted to get back into it again, I contacted Julie. I was nervous, but she put me at ease right away. This past year working with her has been so much fun. She helped me prepare for choral auditions, and I got accepted to sing with the Vanderbilt Community Chorus. We pick the repertoire together, so I'm never working on something I'm not interested in. She has helped me master my breathing technique and discover a richer and freer tone. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 18, 2018
Christie
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Julie has an amazing way to bring out the best in her students. She is patient, yet firm...always pushing one to the next level.
My daughter's singing ability & passion for practice have blossomed under Julie's guidance. We really are so happy someone in our community recommended her to us!

Posted Jun 1, 2018
Bettina
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She is a very good teacher and I’m looking forward to my next lessons!

Posted Mar 1, 2018
Naomi J.
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Posted Nov 8, 2017
Fabio
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Julie is great. She's been teaching piano to our 5-year old daughter and she loves Julie's encouraging and caring style. Highly recommended.

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Lina
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Posted May 6, 2017
Rita N.
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a great time for my daughter,she learnd alot and really enjoyed it every week. Julie is super Nice and a lovey person who has been sharing her knowlegde of singing With my 10 year old girl. Great experience ;)

Posted Apr 23, 2017
Naomi J.
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Posted Mar 22, 2017
Julie
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I take adult lessons. The instructing is great and I have met all my goals.

Posted Mar 5, 2017
Markejia
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Love, love, LOVE Ms Lopez! She's truly passionate about the art that is music. i learn something new every class and after just a few lessons I already see my growth as a vocalist. I feel so blessed and fortunate to have found her!

LOOK NO FURTHER! :)

Posted Feb 23, 2017
Amit

Great experience :)

Posted Jan 28, 2017
Saba A.
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Posted Jan 25, 2017
Lina
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Posted Oct 22, 2016
Therman S.
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Great first lesson

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Kristen
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Julie is an excellent teacher and professional. Her knowledge base is incredible; she absolutely is a master. She knows exactly how to reach my 5-year-old and my 11-year-old, and teach them where they are. She stretches them, and it is amazing to see how far they've come in just a short while. Julie teaches them piano in a multitude of ways: they listen, they play, they move, they sing, they read, they study, they write. It's so much more than just sitting at the piano and playing notes. My children are learning to MAKE MUSIC and it is a beautiful thing. I'm very happy we found Julie Lopez.

Posted Sep 21, 2016
Laurie H.
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Ms. Julie is a great teacher. My daughter loves taking voice lessons from her.

Posted Sep 13, 2016
R & K
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We love Julie! I have a degree in music and used to teach guitar so I know what to expect from a good teacher. Julie is wonderful! She is organized, professional, knowledgeable and (most importantly) a good communicator with our children. Our son was never into piano lessons with previous teachers. After switching to Julie, he actually like piano lessons. Our daughter is very driven and loves piano which she has been studying for years now. Julie also excels in pushing her at a much higher level. It's nice to have a teacher who can push the advanced student as well as inspire the early student. She has even started voice lessons with our son who loves every minute of his lesson. We can't praise Julie enough. Quit looking for other teachers and hire Julie!

Posted Sep 10, 2016
Phil
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Julie has been teaching piano to my 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son for a year now. She does a great job of combining rigorous teaching with high expectations, along with a heartfelt concern for the well being of the kids.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Jean S.
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Julie is a great teacher. She gets a lot covered in the 45 minute time slot and my daughter is crazy about her.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Charmaine
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Julie is teaching my son to play the piano for a couple of months now. He absolutely loves her and her teaching technique. He was playing short songs from day one. His dad and I are impressed with his progress. If you are looking for a great teacher, we would definitely recommend Julie.

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Monica T.
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Julie is a wonderful voice coach. This was my daughter's first voice coaching experience and less than 3 lessons I could nice great signs of growth. Julie is well skilled in this field and her ability to reach the student is amazing.

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Josephine Secord
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Julie is not only a pleasure to work with, but is attentive to the needs of her students. She will take into consideration the progress her student wishes to make, and will push them to explore a variety of techniques that may be outside their comfort zone. Julie is a lovely person and an excellent teacher. Very highly recommended.

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Yvonne
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We absolutely LOVE Julie Lopez....she a phenomenal voice coach and has excellent rapport with students. My daughter looks so forward to her weekly lessons...highly, highly recommend!!

Posted Sep 7, 2016
karen
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Very personable instructor. Lots of fun. Think I will enjoy the lessons!

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Saniya L.
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First lesson went well. My daughter enjoyed herself and had fun. Looking forward to the next lesson

Posted Aug 26, 2016
Kyliegh B.
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Went great! My daughter wanted to come home and do more! We are excited about our next lesson.:)

Posted Aug 24, 2016
Sienna S.
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Great first lesson! My daughter said she learned a lot.

Posted Aug 20, 2016
Sofia B.
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My 12-yr old daughter had a great first lesson. Julie was just right in every way with starting from the beginning, music selection, everything. My daughter had been nervous because she has no experience and is shy, but Julie made her feel very comfortable right off the bat. Looking forward to the next lesson!

Posted Jul 30, 2016
Ava S.
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My niece Ava absolutely loved her 1st lesson and is so excited about coming back...Thank U Julie !!
"You Rock"

Posted Jun 29, 2016
Bella
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My daughter's first lesson was "just a trial"... to see if she could handle the instruction. Julie was exceptionally professional and encouraging while navigating constructive criticism (of our sensitive vocalist). Excellent interaction and guidance as well as "Mom to Mom" direction on specific skill-set/practice tools. We're thrilled to have had Julie as our first encounter at "Takelessons.com" - she's an asset to the instructional community and now (if she can put up with us) our family! Thank you Miss Julie. :)

Posted Jun 25, 2016
Josh and Stacy R.
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I highly recommend Julie to anyone. She is a fantastic teacher and an even better friend. She just knows how to bring the best out in you.

Posted May 28, 2016
Rebecca M.
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I've only had one lesson but so far she is great. Very positive and enthusiastic. I'm a novice singer and she is terrific, I felt very much at ease.

Posted May 11, 2016
Matt H.
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I would give Mrs. Julie more than five stars if possible! She is great!!!

Posted Apr 29, 2016
Brandi K.
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Julie is great! Awesome and fun personality. This was my very first lesson and she really made me feel at ease.

Posted Mar 11, 2016
Stephanie F.
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Had a great lesson.

Posted Feb 8, 2016
Billie Bowman
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Julie is a fantastic teacher - makes learning fun and fast - very encouraging and makes the lesson enjoyable as well as educational! A rare and talented teacher who is able to convey sometimes difficult concepts in a very easy to understand and comprehend manner! I have never been so motivated and excited to learn something and I eagerly look forward to my lessons each week with Julie!

Posted Feb 7, 2016
Pauline
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I had a wonderful first lesson. I did not know what to expect, so I was a little nervous. She was very nice and gave me some confidence.

Posted Jan 15, 2016
Campbell K.
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Met with Julie and stayed just to see how it would go, it went great and she worked great with my son he can't wait for his next lesson.

Posted Jan 10, 2016
Keith B.
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My daughter comes out more positive and smiling from the lessons. She looks forward to them. Julie is great with teenagers. Highly recommend!

Posted Jan 8, 2016
Rebecca R.
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Love learning with Julie! She encourages you to make choices about how, and what you learn, which is awesome, especially as an adult student.

Posted Nov 11, 2015
Violeta C.
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I think I found the right teacher for me and will excel my English!

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Meredith
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I just had my first piano lesson with Julie and so far I am thrilled! She was energetic and enthusiastic and explained things very well to me. I'm excited to move forward and see where this takes me.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
jeff M.
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Best teacher I ever had. I've been around a long time and through all my years of school, she's the best teacher I've ever had. She continues to structure lessons to fit my skill level and has for the three years I taken from her. I have learned not only about how to play the piano, but about music, about appreciating music. She's always upbeat, always stays the correct amount of time, and I am always inspired during a lesson, to become the best piano player I can, even at my advanced age and with a clear lack of talent.

Posted Aug 31, 2015
April R.
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she does a wonderful job! Recommend!

Posted Jul 30, 2015
Dr Mousa G.
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I interested by first lesson with my teacher
I think other classes will be great
Thanks

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Keith B.
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I have been taking my teenage daughter to Julie's house for the past several weeks now, my daughter looks forward to working with Julie, no prompting from me and this is helping her find her own "identity". A positive experience for both of us. Many, many thanks Julie!

Posted Jun 17, 2015
Beverly S.
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Julie is an excellent piano teacher. As an adult student she keeps the lessons interesting for me. I have learned so much in the past year. My bucket list is being fulfilled!

Posted Jun 11, 2015
Marlena D.
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Julie is a professional Instructor who quickly identifies the level of her students. 

Her energy and sense of humor are contagious and stimulating. 

When we laugh we increase endorphin in our brain which helps us to remember what we learn. 

Thank you Julie for instruction and the pleasure of learning. :)

Posted Jun 2, 2015
Hampton M.
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Julie is the BEST!! I took lessons as a child, but had not taken any lessons in over 10 years when I first began lessons with Julie. Almost immediately she was able to help me recall everything I had learned when I was younger. Very knowledgeable and encouraging, makes each lesson a joy! Highly recommended for those who are serious about learning the piano (or anything else I'm sure!).

Posted Oct 9, 2014
Christy H.
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Julie is a superb piano instructor. She instructed my son on the piano after him having a very strict instructor. She was very encouraging and knowledgeable. We all love her and she is a great teacher.

Posted Jul 14, 2014
Marlo S.

Great Motavator!!

Julie is our first experience with a piano teacher. She has been instructing my somewhat shy 6 year old for about 9 months now. She is amazing with my daughter. She is very encouraging and stays right on her level while pushing her to expand her knowledge in music. I couldn't be more pleased in our first experience. Julie even had my daughter performing in front of an audience just 4 months after her first lesson. A memory my child will have forever.

Posted Mar 4, 2014
George S.

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Flexible scheduling, and my overall experience has been positive and professional. The training has been paced to help me progress with tone and ear as well as overall singing.

Posted Mar 3, 2014
Tamara C.

Great Singing Coach

Julie has been wonderful to me. She is honest and is full of energy which is contagious. I have always wanted to learn how to sing and I am still nervous before each lesson but Julie sets my mind at ease and makes my lessons fun. She has given me the encouragement that I needed to be brave enough to tackle this. I would recommend Julie to anyone who was ready to take the leap and go for it.

Posted Apr 23, 2013
JoyceG

Happy Student

Julie is a superb instructor who is very encouraging. My 1st lesson was not only a dream come true, but very clear and so much fun.

Posted Jan 16, 2012
DanaG

Singing Lessons

Julie has been a wonderful voice instructor for my son. He looks forward to his lessons and always learns something new and benefical to improve his singing technique. She is very professional and also makes it fun to learn. I highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 19, 2011
PaulaS4

Piano / Keyboard

I have been enjoying my time learning to play with the help of Julie. Though I was adopted, my birth mother was a Piano Teacher.

Posted May 15, 2011

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Experience

Piano/Singing Instructor, Tutor
Mar 2011 - Present

TakeLessons.com

private piano and singing lessons tutoring in Math, Reading, History, Science, ESL

Homeschool instructor
Aug 2001 - May 2016

L. family homeschool

K-12 instruction and tutoring in all subjects

Choir Director
Aug 2001 - Apr 2016

Heritage Christian Academy

K-6 Choir 2001-2006 7-12 Tutorial Choir 2008-2015

Reading Teacher
Aug 1993 - Mar 1997

Walter J. Baird Middle School, Lebanon, TN

6th grade Reading

Music Teacher
Aug 1993 - Mar 1997

Walter J. Baird Middle School, Lebanon, TN

Related Arts Music 6-8, Yamaha M.I.E. Piano Lab, Blue Angels Chorus

Education

Bachelor of Music Education, with honors
Aug 1979 - Dec 1983

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Tennessee Department of Education Professional License
Aug 1993

Tennessee Department of Education

Areas of Endorsement: School Music K-12 Elementary Grades 1-8 Career Ladder Level 1 Certification

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Mar 2014
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1999
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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