Julie Pacheco

Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ
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Beginner, Intermediate
I am a Broadway musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. I know that each student learns differently so I use many different teaching methods and musical genres in lessons. I can help you get started on an instrument, improve your current abilities, work on school band and orchestra music, prepare for festival and solo auditions, prepare for college auditions, or just find great enjoyment in playing.

I pack a lot into each lesson making sure we address things such as: posture, theory, accuracy of rhythm, note reading, warm-ups, scales, etudes, solos, musicality, composition, interpretation and technique.

About Julie P.

Julie P. is a Broadway musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is currently in the orchestra for West Side Story on Broadway. Julie enjoys working with students of all abilities and specializes in teaching practice techniques that help her students progress quickly. Julie's lessons are dynamic, methodical and uniquely tailored to each student.

Julie has been teaching privately for over 20 years and also teaches woodwinds at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has taught hundreds of students and help helped many students win auditions for regional and state performing groups.

Julie holds a Master’s degree in Performance from New Jersey City University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College.


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Julie is amazing! I highly recommend her for learning the flute :)

Posted Dec 10, 2020
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Julie is very easy to work with, she listens to what my objective is and keeps that in mind during the lesson. Julie is very knowledgeable, experienced and fun to work with. I highly recommend her.

Posted Nov 5, 2020
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It's never too late to learn if you have the right teacher. Julie is knowledgeable, consistent, and amazingly patient with an old man that sometimes finds himself staring slack-jawed at the sheet music.

When I hit a stumbling block, she always helps me find a way around it. If I'm having trouble internalizing a new concept, she always finds another way to look at it.

Julie has helped me to take the modest musical aptitude that I've squandered for most of my life, and finally begin to focus it.

I'm still early in the learning process, but Julie has me well on the road to achieving the personal goals I set for myself.

Thanks Julie. Keep up the good work.

Posted Oct 7, 2020
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Julie is organized, communicates clearly, and takes teaching seriously. She is patient and understanding while also having quality standards for her students' musicianship. I appreciate her consistency in lesson structure, as well as her continual exploration of the modern tools available for teaching and learning an instrument.

Posted Oct 1, 2020
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She's so thorough! A true professional, but also a very personable woman. My kids and I trust her completely and are excited with our progress.

Posted Oct 1, 2020
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Julie is an extremely talented musician and pianist with very effective teaching methods. She was able to adjust lessons to the level of instruction that was necessary to meet my child's goals.

Julie is patient, positive, and provides a wonderful learning environment!

Posted Sep 25, 2020
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Julie is an amazing teacher. She's so patient and takes care to make sure my daughter really understands the lesson material. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to take lessons!

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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Julie is incredible! After several years of in-home lessons, she has proven to be the most personable, knowledgeable and efficient instructor my family has ever hired. Even the transition to on-line instruction has been smoother than I could have imagined. Such a great investment for all of us!

Posted Sep 24, 2020
Maysoon A.
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I have wanted to learn how to play piano since I was a child. During Covid and being quarantined, I figured I'd finally work toward achieving the goal. I am in my late 30s and had zero experience. I took 10 lessons with Julie and am thrilled with the progress I've made already. Throughout the whole experience, Julie has made me feel like I can reach my full potential and easily noticed when I practiced. Her praise and belief in me motivated me to keep trying. I could go on and on about how wonderful and caring Julie is! If you're looking for a piano instructor, look no further! You'd be lucky to be her student. I know I was. :)

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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I'm so glad Julie is my first piano teacher. She is incredibly competent and encouraging and shows a lot of clear enthusiasm for piano. I would definitely recommend her.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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Excellent, meets my needs and I am excited to have an expert directing me. She was prompt and efficient and easy to work with.

Posted Aug 19, 2020
Terry C.
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She is nice and is very helpful.

Posted Aug 6, 2020
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My daughter is several lessons in with Julie and loves it! She's making progress, staying sharp for whenever school band can start back up again. We're going to keep coming back for more!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
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I am an adult, and have had several teachers, and Julie is the best. She is warm and caring and friendly, with a nice sense of humor, and is also businesslike and focused. The lessons are fun, but you don't waste time. Her knowledge of different instruments and different kinds of music is very impressive. When she gives criticism, it's always constructive and thoughtful. She often gives praise when I do well, and the praise is also thoughtful. She gives good suggestions for practice and for working out a problem within the lesson. She treats me like an individual, and appreciates my musical interests, so doesn't try to make me do the same program as everybody else.

Posted Apr 23, 2020
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My daugher has been taking piano lessons from Julie for 3 years now. Julie is a wonderful person and a wonderful teacher. She is a brilliant musician and I am so thankful for her calm, clear, kind and patient manner of teaching. She is professional and also makes you feel at home. Julie's encouragement has helped my daughter progress musically and feel more confident with her playing. We adore Julie!

Posted Apr 21, 2020
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The absolute best in every way. My kids absolutely love her - and they are learning SO MUCH. I couldn't recommend her more!

Posted Apr 21, 2020
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Julie is thoroughly kind, knowledgeable and a delightful teacher. She has patience and encouragement and is a fantastic educator. I almost want to keep her a secret so that no one will steal her away! She’s that good!

Posted Apr 21, 2020
Phyllis E.
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Great instructor..

Posted Oct 30, 2016
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Julie is great. She patient and kind. My daughter enjoys every lesson.

Posted Oct 13, 2016
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My son is learning so much with Julie. She is a great teacher. She is skilled with the sax but also skilled connecting with her students and helping them progress! I'm so pleased!!

Posted Sep 24, 2016
Prem M.
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This first lesson was great.

Posted Sep 6, 2016
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Wow! Julie is so knowledgeable, patient and a natural teacher. She covered so much ground in 30 minutes. Looking forward to progressing with more lessons.

Posted Jul 11, 2016
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We're very happy with Julie's flute lessons. My daughter switched from France to the US and working with Julie has helped her in the change and in progressing with her flute skills. Julie is a very safe choice.

Posted Feb 21, 2016
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She is awesome. And She is really kindness.

Posted Feb 2, 2016
Mary Byrne
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Outstanding! First lesson - she had the patience of a saint and I learned a great deal. Can't wait for next session!

Posted Aug 1, 2015
Chana W.
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Julie is an awesome teacher. I'm in my 20's and was looking for someone to teach me the saxophone. I was a total beginner, and Julie was so patient from the beginning.
During each lesson, Julie taught me new things while enforcing the ideas she taught the previous lessons so that I would work on perfecting one skill while learning a new one, which encouraged me to continue practicing and working on the different techniques.
Additionally, Julie went above and beyond, helping me find a new instrument, as well as sending me many different songs to practice throughout the week. She really took the time to make sure I was learning as much as possible and learning it well.
Overall, I think Julie is a wonderful and talented teacher that really knows how to teach each student on their own level, and I'm so grateful to have taken lessons with her. I highly recommend!

Posted Jun 18, 2015
Arielle S.
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Julie has honestly changed my mindset about the flute. She has helped me improve tremendously and I have thoroughly enjoyed lessons and learning with her. I am in 7th grade and play at school in a large band. The individual teaching has helped me in so many ways. She helped boost my confidence in playing the flute and on sight reading music pieces. I was struggling coming into class, but even after the first couple of classes the improvement was amazing. Julie has helped me correct some of my bad habits. She has not only taught me almost everything I know, she has taught me how to do my own independent work as well. I am always very comfortable asking any question I have. As well as teaching me how to play the flute, Julie has taught me about music. When I play pieces, often she will show me a video of a huge group playing it. We also play many duets with her on flute or piano which is not only fun but very educational in my flute development. She is also very flexible and friendly. I 120% recommend her for any age or instrument. Julie is challenging, yet fun. She is an amazing musician and teacher and I can't thank her enough!

Posted May 31, 2015
Yoko A.
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Julie is amazing!!
My 9 year old girl learns the violin from her.
Julie is very patient and always encourages her students to do their best.
She does ensemble with my daughter during lessons. It makes my child feel she can play and helps building her confidence in performance. At the same time, she can listen to how Julie plays the violin and learn how the notes should be played.

Posted May 28, 2015
Flute F.
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Julie is a superb teacher. She seeks to improve a student's musicianship in all relevant areas. She challenges students to improve their playing and not settle for merely passable results.

She seems to constantly be cultivating new methods and teaching techniques which means she is likely putting in as much work--or more work--than her students. If one particular teaching technique doesn't work for a student, Julie surely has an alternative path in mind that will probably lead to success.

Her knowledge and teaching course is deep and if a student desires an improvement in any specific area Julie certainly has a solution or multiple solutions tailored to specific needs of individual students.

Her schedule flexibility and openness to feedback are also top notch.

Posted May 10, 2015
Diana D.
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My 5-year old daughter took violin with Julie and our experience was excellent.

She is incredibly patient and encouraging and has a comfort level with teaching that comes across very naturally. Each lesson was also well-structured and productive while remaining fun (which is important for a little one!).

I was constantly impressed with not only her expansive musical talent, but with her keen eye in observing all the little details as well.

Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 4, 2015
Story M.
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I thought Julie a great teacher for my daughter Sparrow.She was patient, honest and able to keep my young daughter focused and happy with learning and wanting to come back. My daughter says "I thought she was nice and great. I love you"

Posted Feb 25, 2015
Caroline P.
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Julie is wonderful. She is very intelligent and accomplished but somehow manages to put me at ease. I enjoy the lessons, it isn't work. For someone so young she has acquired amazing people skills, she is a natural born teacher, a great musician, and she loves what she does. Her knowledge of music and teaching will never cease to impress me. She is dedicated and gives you 200%. But she remains very human and easy to feel comfortable with. A consummate professional, with a healthy sense of humor, who is never impatient or insensitive, she is perfect. I highly recommend her to students of all ages and at all levels.

Posted Oct 31, 2014
Ashley S.

Amazing teacher - Professional - Really knows how to teach

I started flute lessons with Julie when I was in 7th grade. She helped boost my confidence in playing the flute and over time set me in the right direction for the elite high school music program which I am in now. Our lessons were always on time. She would help me work on sight reading and music pieces I was struggling with while correcting some of my bad habits. I was very comfortable asking any question and her teaching style was easy for me to understand and follow. Every week I looked forward to my lesson with her. Over time I was amazed at how much better I was playing. She was very knowledgeable of the audition requirements for music students preparing for more advanced opportunities. She even helped me with the audition piece for the BCMEA festival, (Bucks County Music Educators' Association), which I was selected and performed in.

In summary – Julie is a great teacher. She is very knowledgeable in other instruments, too. She also helped me start to play the piccolo along with my flute lessons. In addition to playing the flute, I now play piccolo in the high school marching band. I will always be grateful for the support and outstanding lessons she provided for me.

Posted Feb 18, 2014
Valerie L.

Julie? Yes.

I wanted to start taking the violin seriously, and Julie was certainly the best teacher for that (and still is!). She helped me prepare for my audition for my school's chamber group and although I did not make it that year (being that I had started lessons a couple months before my audition day), I did the next year. Not only that, I made it by a long shot. I was fifth chair, first violin. Even before then I noticed how much I had improved studying with Julie. She not only worked with me on how to efficiently practice and approach the music itself, but taught me proper technique to yield the best sound--for instance, using the ENTIRE bow, an important thing to do... She is patient, her instruction is invaluable, and improvement is guaranteed (given that you also work hard). It is also superfun playing duets with her <3.

Posted Feb 16, 2014
Matt T.

Highly excellent teacher and personally the best private teacher I've had.

Julie is an amazing teacher who I had for about 5 years. I would never have to worry about her cancelling and she was always open to changes in availability on your side due to things coming up. She is an excellent teacher who has helped me greatly on the violin, helped me get started on the piano and has even helped me with auditions for my trumpet when asked about. She is a wonderful person who is extremely friendly to both students and parents and I can guarantee that you will learn and become a better musician by studying with her.

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Photos & Videos

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West Side Story
Dec 2019 - Present

Broadway Theatre

Reed 3 in the Broadway production of West Side Story. (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)

The Prom
Oct 2018 - Aug 2019

Longacre Theatre

Reed 1 in the Broadway production of The Prom. (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)

Kiss Me, Kate!
Feb 2019 - Jun 2019

Studio 54

Reed 3 in the Broadway production of Kiss Me, Kate! (Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)

Freelance Woodwind Musician
Feb 2015 - Oct 2018

Broadway Theaters

I have subbed on various shows on Broadway, including: Amazing Grace An American In Paris Anastasia Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Gigi Hello, Dolly! Holiday Inn It Shoulda Been You If/Then Mean Girls Spongebob Squarepants Tuck Everlasting War Paint

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Nov 2016 - Jan 2017

Radio City

Reed 3 in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)

The Songwriter's Orchestra
Feb 2015 - Jan 2017


Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Radio City

Reed 2 in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone)

Music Teacher
Mar 2008 - Jun 2010

Spirit Wind Music Studios

Taught private lessons on: flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, trumpet and piano.

Lead Alto Saxophone
Jun 2007 - Feb 2008

Royal Caribbean International

Played Alto Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute in main theater orchestra on cruise ships.

Summer Instrumental Music Teacher
Jun 2006 - Jul 2006

Neshaminy School District

Instructed elementary and middle school band and orchestra students in private lessons and group ensemble. Directed culminating concert.


Master of Music - Multiple Woodwind Performance
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

New Jersey City University

Bachelor of Music - Music Education
Aug 2003 - May 2007

Ithaca College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Teacher Enrichment Grant
Apr 2015

Music Teachers National Association

President's Scholarship
Aug 2003

Ithaca College


American Federation of Musicians
Jul 2013
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2010
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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