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Shenandoah Conservatory, BFA, Moscow Art Theater, National Theater Institute
Once the Musical, Broadway National Tour (Female Swing- Understudy Girl, Réza, Ex-Girlfriend) Rockin' Road to Dublin National Tour (Female Fiddler), Cirque Musica: Holiday Wishes National Tour (Flying Violinist), Celtic Illusion Canadian Tour (Fiddler), Hershey Symphony Orchestra
Hello! My name is Julia and I'm an NYC-based actor/musician. I graduated in 2015 from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Acting. I'm also a proud National Theatre Institute and Moscow Art Theater alumna. In 2017, I completed my year and a half run with the Broadway National Tour of Once the Musical as the female swing, understudying: Girl (piano), Réza (violin) and Ex-Girlfriend (violin). Since then, I have toured nationally with The Rockin' Road to Dublin (Female Fiddler), Cirque Musica: Holiday Wishes (Flying Violinist) and Celtic Illusion (Canadian Tour) as the Fiddler. I've performed with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra and multiple bands across the country. I credit my work ethic and success to my incredible music and acting teachers throughout my training. The student/teacher relationship is one that I value highly and I always make it my mission to try to give to my students what my teachers have given me.
I began teaching beginner piano when I was in middle school and caught the teaching bug! (My dad was a high school choir teacher for thirty-five years, so I must have caught it from him.) Now I teach violin/fiddle, voice and piano. I believe that learning classical music and sight reading are both fundamentals to begin learning any instrument. However, I love to teach other styles as well! I would love to work with budding musical theater performers who want to work on musicianship skills and/or learn piano/violin. Or, beginner violinists who what to explore Irish and/or country fiddling!
I love to do a combination of Suzuki and traditional styles. I believe ear-training and traditional sight-reading are both crucial to young musicians. I began Suzuki piano when I was five and I'm so thankful to have such a keen ear as a professional violinist. If the student has had music lessons before, I'm very happy to continue teaching whatever method they had previously started with. I believe method should be catered to the student and the student's needs as a beginning/intermediate musician.
I love having my students use notebooks to keep track of their own goals, practice habits and achievements. I think this is a great way to have them keep themselves on track and it's also a neat way to track progress! As a teacher, I like to encourage my students to be self-motivated so they can improve on their own. Taking lessons is obviously important but it is also crucial for students to practice the materials learned in lessons on their own time. Practicing is the "homework" of taking music lessons.
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