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Julie O
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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Electric Violin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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Julie O
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Electric Violin
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, Showtunes

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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ABOUT
Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BFA in Music, Ithaca College, NY

Music Therapy Certification, SUNY New Paltz, NY

MS in Education (emphasis in curriculum/instruction), Western CT State University, Danbury, CT 

6th year diploma in Educational Leadership, University of CT, Stamford, CT

092 certification in Educational Administration

Awards:

2018 - present:  Ludwig Music Institute, founder/director  (Ludwig Music Curriculum- music note reading method developed for students with visual processing learning disabilities)

2014-2017:  National Association for Music Education - Northeast Division Representative on Council for Orchestral Education

2014-2016:  CT Arts Leadership Team

2010-2014:  American Chamber Orchestra - Chairperson of the Education Committee

2008-2010:  CT Music Educators Association  - Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee

Overview:

I am a motivated music instructor, who is passionate about addressing the unique learning styles and needs of each of my students. Aside from the educational credentials listed above, I have performed and toured with orchestras in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, Okinawa, The Philliipines, Italy, Austria and The Czech Republic. I am a new grandma and have already bought my 4 month old grandson his first violin and first piano! My goal is to bring the best quality music education to all learners!

EXPERIENCE

When I first graduated from college, I began teaching private violin and piano lessons. At the same time, I was trained in the Kindermusik creative arts program, and soon thereafter founded Kindermusik of Western Connecticut. While teaching music, art and dance to pre-schoolers, I became more aware of the unique learning differences between children. This inspired me to explore the field of music therapy. While becoming a Registered Music Therapist, I was also teaching orchestra in the CT public school system. This is when I began to recognize that all learners in our public school system were not receiving an adequate and appropriate music education. As a result, I created a music note reading method specifically designed to support students diagnosed with visual processing deficits. These students are now confident members of their school instrumental music ensembles, meeting new friends and improving academically!

METHODS USED

Each student's age, developmental level and previous experience is carefully assessed prior to determining the method that a student will begin their learning with. As each student progresses, the method may be altered depending upon his/her individual learning needs. I believe that it is important to include visual and/or aural theory in each lesson to support each student's understanding of what they are being asked to play. Each method selected will provide some challenge, while at the same time provide the learner with opportunities to experience success.

LESSON STYLE

When students take one lesson each week, I believe it is important to develop continuity between those weekly lessons. Each student is asked to keep a basic "spiral" notebook with the weekly music being working on. During each lesson, I record the important things discussed, as well as the weekly assignment. This routine supports parent participation during at home practice sessions, as well as provides a reminder for students of key ideas learned during the previous lesson. Parents and students also know that they may contact me between lessons if a question arises during practicing. This practice encourages accountability and continuity, while supporting progress, hence, self-esteem.

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Cora Johnson

5

Excellent. Julie is professional, passionate about music, and takes her time to give you advice to help you with the skill of playing the piano. She is also a wealth of information. I enjoy my lessons with Julie,

Review posted on Jul 03, 2021

Hillary Rosado

5

Julie brings a warm, and enthusiastic attitude to every lesson encouraging you every time to do your best! Time passes by quickly as she makes the lessons fun, while sharing all the knowledge she has to give. I can’t wait to learn all she has to offer.

Review posted on Sep 17, 2020
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