Julie Lopez

Julie L.

Hermitage, TN

About Julie L.

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Julie teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 1983
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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.

Experience

Piano/Singing Instructor

Mar 2011 - Present
TakeLessons.com

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

Education

Bachelor of Music Education, with honors

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

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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
NAFME

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
ASCAP

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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24 Reviews on Julie L.

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Matt H. Apr 29, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I would give Mrs. Julie more than five stars if possible! She is great!!!
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Brandi K. Mar 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julie is great! Awesome and fun personality. This was my very first lesson and she really made me feel at ease.
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Stephanie F. Feb 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great lesson.
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Billie Bowman Feb 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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!
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Pauline Jan 15, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Campbell K. Jan 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Keith B. Jan 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter comes out more positive and smiling from the lessons. She looks forward to them. Julie is great with teenagers. Highly recommend!
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Rebecca R. Nov 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Love learning with Julie! She encourages you to make choices about how, and what you learn, which is awesome, especially as an adult student.
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Violeta C. Oct 28, 2015
ESL · In studio
Verified Student
I think I found the right teacher for me and will excel my English!
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Meredith Oct 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.