Julie Lopez

Julie L.

Hermitage, TN
Everything Julie Teaches

Levels taught:

    Julie teaches

    5 & Up

    Teaching since

    February 1983

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    3.0 hours

    About Julie


    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 (4 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 two recital opportunities a year: in December, and in May. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents can 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

    Photos and Videos

    TakeLessons Piano teacher Julie Lopez demonstrates a snapshot of a typical piano lesson for a beginning student.


    Piano/Singing Instructor

    Mar 2011 - Present

    private piano and singing lessons

    Choir Director

    Aug 2001 - Present
    Heritage Christian Academy

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

    Homeschool instructor

    Aug 2001 - Present
    L. family homeschool

    K-12 instruction and tutoring in all subjects

    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


    Bachelor of Music Education, with honors

    Aug 1979 - Dec 1983
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Languages Spoken


    Limited Proficiency


    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


    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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    14 Reviews on Julie L.

    jeff M. Aug 31, 2015
    Piano · In home
    Verified Student
    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.
    April R. Jul 30, 2015
    Singing · In studio
    Verified Student
    she does a wonderful job! Recommend!
    mousa G. Jun 26, 2015
    ESL · In studio
    Verified Student
    I interested by first lesson with my teacher
    I think other classes will be great
    Keith B. Jun 17, 2015
    Singing · In home
    Verified Student
    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!
    Beverly S. Jun 11, 2015
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    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!
    Marlena D. Jun 2, 2015
    Music Theory · Online
    Verified Student
    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. :)
    Hampton M. Oct 9, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    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!).
    Christy H. Jul 14, 2014
    Piano · In home
    Verified Student
    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.
    Marlo S. Mar 4, 2014
    Verified Student
    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.
    George S. Mar 3, 2014
    Verified Student

    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.