Julie Meyers

Julie M.

West Sacramento, CA

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Julie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2004

I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years now. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Songwriting and Vocal Studies. I teach mostly contemporary musical styles such as Pop/Rock/Country/R&B, but I have also trained and coached many students interested in pursuing musical theater and classical styles as well. I have performed live in countless venues in many cities both as a solo artist, and with a band as a side-woman. I like to emphasize performance skills as well as the basic techniques. I also have a lot of experience in the recording studio, and I relate that to any student interested in recording. As a songwriter, I have co-written with a few of my students and coached them on song structure, melody, etc. I also incorporate as much basic music theory as I can with my students and their instruments, in order that they may understand the language of music better. Overall, I try to cater to the individual needs of each and every one of my students -- and have fun!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally tend to be laid back when it comes to my teaching style. After all, music is fun, and I want my students to have fun learning. However, that being said, I do expect my students to practice every day. Ideally I would love for everyone to create a timed half-hour practice session, but I realize that sometimes this isn't possible. So I try to emphasize that practicing a little, even for five minutes every day, is better than no practice at all. For voice studies, I devise my own curriculum according to what level and style the student wishes to learn. Everything is very technique-oriented, meaning that we will spend half of the lesson on vocal technique, and half of the lesson on applying that technique to performance and songs. I wholly encourage my students to choose their own songs; that way, I know that they like them. However, I have quite a catalogue of songs I can choose should the student have trouble deciding.

For guitar and piano lessons, the books and methods vary depending on age and level. For beginners in guitar I like to use the Hal Leonard Beginner Guitar Series, for both children and adults (there is a separate set for both). For piano I am partial to the Alfred catalogue, especially for children. I highly recommend for beginner piano students that they purchase the whole set of books together: Lessons, Technique, Performance and Theory. These books are designed to work together and give the student a better understanding of playing, reading and musical language skills. As with voice, however, I encourage students to bring me material of their choice for piano and/or guitar. Workbooks can be tedious sometimes, and since I want my students to have fun and remain interested, I want to teach them what they desire to learn as much as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, 2 acoustic and 1 electric guitar, keyboard with organ sounds, amps, microphones, music stands and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all paperwork and practice material. Sometimes I will bring a portable keyboard for vocal lessons if one is not available. It is important for a student to have a guitar or bass to practice on if they are a guitar student (acoustic or electric), and it is helpful for a student to have a piano or a working keyboard for piano and voice lessons

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in contemporary music styles, but I am very technique-oriented and I incorporate music theory in every style and instrument that I teach. My methods of teaching range from use of books from beginner to advanced styles, to my own personal lesson plans that I have accumulated over the years. I also specialize in one-on-one singer/songwriter clinics to help better writing styles, melody writing, chord structure, etc.

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2010 - Mar 2013
Join the Band

Private lessons and rock band instruction

Guitar Instructor
Mar 2010 - Oct 2011
Mahalo

Guitar instructional videos for all levels on Youtube.

Education

Bachelor of Arts
Sep 1998 - May 2001
Berklee College of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

SAMMY Award Nominee
Mar 2006
Sacramento News and Review

In the Folk/Singer/Songwriter category

Awards

Gold Card Member
Mar 2009
Sacramento Jazz Society

Photos & Videos

Mahalo Guitar instruction video
December 2008 performance at Border's Books in Davis, California
June 27th 2009 performance at the Fox and Goose Pub, Sacramento, CA
Photo by Julie M.

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I come from a long line of musicians. This is my Dad in 1962!!

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15 Reviews

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Terry M. Jan 25, 2017
Guitar · In home

Julie was perfect. She arrived right on time. Not too fast paced, but moved along. Understood why I am taking lessons. She has a sense of humor and she adjusted fairly easily to me being left handed. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Chris L. Jan 5, 2016
Piano · In home

My family has been taking piano and guitar lessons from Julie for 2 years now and she is the best!!! When we first began instruction my kids were younger and shy, Julie was very personable and made them feel at ease from the first day. She always has a positive attitude even when my kids don't get all their practice in for that week. Her encouragement and love for her work really helps to movitate my kids to enjoy music and not just because their parents are making them do it!! I, wholeheartedly, recommend Julie for her experience in the art of music and because she is really fun to be around!!

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Joy H. Jun 24, 2015
Piano · Online

She's an excellent teacher! My daughter really enjoyed her lessons. Very reliable. Never had problems with the computer communication. Completely recommend!

Taylor J. May 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio

She's very flexible and nice and is able to teach exactly what styles, specific requests, and songs you wish to learn. She is very easy to work with and very courteous.she makes you feel very comfortable and is very good at teaching as well.

Taylor J. May 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio

She's very flexible and nice and is able to teach exactly what styles, specific requests, and songs you wish to learn. She is very easy to work with and very courteous.she makes you feel very comfortable and is very good at teaching as well.

Tom A. Jan 19, 2015
Piano · In home

Julie is an excellent piano teacher. She arrives right on time to our home, and does a great job of tailoring my son's lessons based on his experience level.

SusanD1 Jul 27, 2012
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Julie is doing a good job of trying to keep Alexandria focused. Julie works well with her. Alexandria's attention during the 30 min. sessions is not as good as I had hoped. But Julie continues to try different songs, methods to keep her focused.

JasonL Apr 19, 2012
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Good Job!

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with our kids.

VernaD Mar 28, 2012
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Student

You are a great teacher. You create an environment of calmness, which makes it easier for me to learn and to have confidence. Thanks.

MoniqueC1 Mar 4, 2012
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Julie is patient and kind with our 'special needs' son. You are very supportive and encouraging with his challenges and attempts at developing his 'voice'. You have structured the lessons in a way that he can learn and have FUN at the same time! A wonderful teacher!

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DavidF Feb 28, 2012
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We are thrilled to have chosen Julie!

Julie is on time, every time and she gets right down to business with each visit. She is professional and organized and clearly spends time planning her lessons. We are amazed at how much has been taught in just three lessons and we would not hesitate to recommend her. Do yourself a favor...consider no other instructor until you've given Julie a try.

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MichaelB Nov 23, 2010
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Great Help

Julie has been great working with my daughter on her singing and my daughter has vastly improved, thanks to Julie's expertise and wonderful personality.

AbdulK Nov 22, 2010
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Very good teacher

Going at a good pace, everything is clear when she explains it. She is best suited for my type of learning.

AmberQ Sep 15, 2010
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Julie has helped me improve a lot in a short amount of time. From songwriting critique, ear training, to learning theory, I have been very pleased.

WilliamJ Apr 2, 2010
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I'm very pleased with Julie's approach; mixing practical with theory.

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