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
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1983
Bachelor of Music Education, with honors
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
A good teacher provides guidance that fits your objectives and abilities. A great teacher sees and hears how you are approaching the materials and provides you with tips and guidance that help you advance faster and build skills and an approach that will help you be better in the long run. Julie is a great teacher! She has a wealth of experience and knowledge and constantly gives me tips that help me progress faster and reach my goals. She is patient, encouraging, and does not miss a beat (note or dynamics...). I most highly recommend her.
Julie is perfect for an adult learner just like me for the sole fact that she adapts to your learning goals and is very flexible with it. I started out with no clear goals in mind having learned piano on and off both self taught and formally. Julie handled it perfectly by asking me what I know and filling in the gaps and/or reinforcing my formal knowledge. In addition to this she gave me an effective practice strategy in between our lessons and I can say that in just a couple of weeks I was able to see some noticeable improvements already. My only critic, if I can even call it that, is that as an adult learner you do have communicate with Julie what you want. She will adapt to your learning goals and not the other way around. So you will only get as much as you put in. Again this isn't really a complain more than just a heads up for future students of this wonderful teacher. Think of what you want to accomplish with piano and Julie will most definitely do everything in her power to help you.
My 16-year old son started taking piano lessons with Julie just a few weeks ago having no prior musical education at all. From the very first class I could see that Julie is a nice person and an experienced educator who truly wants to help her students achieve their goals. My son enjoys his weekly classes because he feels like every lesson takes him one step further on the way to mastering the instrument. Thank you, Julie, for keeping my son motivated!