Julie Pacheco

Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ

Lesson Details



Julie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
June 2000

Woodwind specialist Julie P. is a New York City freelancer and teacher. Julie became a multi-instrumentalist at an early age and now enjoys playing oboe, saxophone, flute and clarinet in her work on Broadway and other concerts and productions in the NYC area. Julie has played in over 40 musical theater productions, as well as with the Songwriter’s Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra Society. She is an active chamber musician and currently plays with the Hudson Winds Woodwind Quartet.

Julie has a MM in Music Performance from New Jersey City University and a BM in Music Education from Ithaca College. Julie has been teaching for 16 years and has worked with hundreds of students. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, helping them discover their own personal musical expression.


Julie has written a number of articles for the TakeLessons Teacher Blog:

General Articles
6 Websites for Finding Free Flute Sheet Music

5 Excellent Goals for Kids’ Music Lessons | A Guide for Parents & Teachers

Piano Articles
3 Ways Your iPod Can Help You Get Better at Piano

5 Fun (& Easy) Piano Duets for Beginners and Beyond

10 of the Best Piano Duet Books All Pianists Need

Intro To Classical Piano Music Styles

15+ Piano Duets for Every Skill Level

5 Ways to Sneak Piano Practice Into Your Busy Schedule

How to Improve Your Piano Practice with a Metronome

Violin Articles
How Often Should You Practice Violin to REALLY Improve?

In-Person, Online, or DIY: What’s the Best Way to Learn Violin?

5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin

5 Famous Violin Players You've Got To Know

5 Violin Techniques You Didn't Know Existed

Violin Techniques: How To Get A Stronger Bow Arm

Is Buying A Used Violin A Good or Bad Idea?

Is the Suzuki Violin Method Right for Your Child?

How to Hold a Violin Properly

Top 5 Instructional Violin Books for Kids

The Pros and Cons of the Suzuki Violin Method

The Ultimate Violin Performance Checklist for Parents

How to Hold A Violin Bow

10 More Helpful Apps for Violinists

How to Choose the Best Violin Songs for Your Recital

Best Violin Songs and Tips for Wedding Performances

5 Violin Exercises to Help Build Finger Strength

Expert Tips: How to Play the Violin With Accompaniment

15 Easy Violin Songs That Make You Sound Impressive

25+ Violin Practice Tips to Help You Improve...Fast!

How Long Does It Take To Learn Violin?

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Woodwind Musician
Feb 2015 - Present
Broadway Theaters

Feb 2015 - Present
The Songwriter's Orchestra

Music Teacher
Jun 2000 - Present
Julie's Music Studio

Teach private flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and violin lessons.

Reed 2
Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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


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.

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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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18 Reviews

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Phyllis E. Oct 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great instructor..

Hailee Oct 13, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Julie is great. She patient and kind. My daughter enjoys every lesson.

Micah Sep 24, 2016
Saxophone · Online

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!!

Prem M. Sep 6, 2016
Violin · In home

This first lesson was great.

Dawn Jul 11, 2016
Piano · Online

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.

Didier Feb 21, 2016
Flute · In studio

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.

mika Feb 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

She is awesome. And She is really kindness.

Mary Byrne Aug 1, 2015
Flute · In studio

Outstanding! First lesson - she had the patience of a saint and I learned a great deal. Can't wait for next session!

Chana W. Jun 18, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

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!

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Arielle S. May 31, 2015
Flute · In studio

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!

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Yoko A. May 28, 2015
· In home

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.

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Flute F. May 10, 2015
Flute · In studio

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.

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Diana D. Mar 4, 2015
· In studio

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!

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Story M. Feb 25, 2015
Music Theory · In studio

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"

Caroline P. Oct 31, 2014
Flute · In studio

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.

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Ashley S. Feb 18, 2014
Flute ·

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.

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Matt T. Feb 16, 2014
Violin ·

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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Valerie L. Feb 16, 2014
Violin ·

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.

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