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Julie S.

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Littleton, MA (01460)

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Music is felt at the very core of the soul and can be a rewarding experience for performer and listener alike.

My experience includes both education as well as performance at high levels. I graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Bachelors in Music - majoring in Instrumental Music Education as well as Harp Performance and minoring in Flute Performance. My Masters in Music is from Roosevelt University in Chicago, during which period I maintained a private studio of harp students as well as performing as Principal Harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. I have played numerous times with the Chicago Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, in addition to various smaller orchestras internationally. Thus, I understand the pressures placed on performers in the field and how easily frustrations add up.

I have had a private studio throughout my career and enjoy the enriching experience of teaching music to both young-in-age and young-at-heart. My philosophy is that all have the ability to learn music - no matter the age or experience level. A favorite mantra is that "we never stop learning or growing." I place emphasis on all aspects of music - rhythm, technique, notes, phrasing, dynamics, artistry - and their connection to the performer and the audience.

My responsibility as a teacher is to bring the music out of the student and instruct students in an articulate and respectful manner while still having fun! Student and teacher must work together to establish the student's relationship with music and the instrument, which needs to include discipline, motivation, and love.

I also have a passion for writing - both academic and creative - and have experience in technical writing and editing. My approach to writing is similar to music in the attention to detail while having an over-arching foundation and plan.

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Julie’s subjects

Corporate Training:

Ear Training

I have practiced and used ear training since I was 5 years old. It was part of my theory and choir coursework in high school, college, and graduate school. As someone who has a developed sense of perfect pitch, I can aid others in this subject matter with the understanding that not everyone has innate ability to recognize pitches, intervals, keys, etc.


I have been playing flute for 20 years and have a Minor in Flute from Eastman School of Music. My experience includes both performance and teaching. I enjoy teaching beginning through late-intermediate levels and would be happy to teach regular, private lessons, as well as occasional coaching.

General Music

My training as a music educator at Eastman included both instrumental as well as general music. I have taught general music and directed children's choirs in the Chicago and Rochester areas, and enjoy introducing and teaching musical genres and general topics.

Music History

My experience in music history is as a college and graduate student as well as a teacher. The history behind some of our favorites can be fascinating and motivating both academically as well as how it relates to a performance art.

My studies in music history range include medieval/early, baroque, classical, romantic, and the gamut of the 20th century styles. I feel it is important to bring the facets of world history, other arts, regional differences, and other influences into understanding the music that comes from different composers and eras.


I have played piano since the age of 5 and have private teaching experience for 10 years. I include theory and ear training in my teaching methods, and specialize in beginning through late-intermediate/early-advanced piano technique.

Sight Singing

In conjunction with Ear Training, I have been sight-singing since I was 5 years old. My coursework as an undergraduate included basic through advanced sight-singing, and I still use my Sol-fege as a professional musician as I prepare solos and orchestral parts.

I am qualified and experienced in both fixed-Do as well as movable-Do Sol-fege, although I feel that when combined with Ear Training, movable-Do is more easily comprehended.

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Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester

Roosevelt University- Chicago (Master's)

Very patient, friendly and great personality My 13 yr daughter has had a few appointments so far and they have been great. Julie works very well with you with a schedule she is very understanding when something comes up and works hard with you to reschedule that missed appointment or just sees you the next time. But always give the 24 hour courtesy cancellation, it's only fair for any tutor. I would highly recommend Julie she's a joyful and ...

— Christine from Fitchburg, MA on 8/22/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Julie will travel within 5 miles of Littleton, MA 01460.

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