Welcome to the Cape Ann Piano Studio!

Julie Cleveland M.Mus., New England Conservatory

Julie Cleveland offers a whole-music education including piano instruction, lessons in composition, improvisation, ear training, for both children and adult learners of all ages.

Learning to play the piano, for both young and old, is a challenging yet greatly rewarding life experience. In every lesson my goal as teacher and mentor is to fully support each student’s individual creativity, personal discoveries, and real joy at the piano.

Julie Cleveland has been teaching music privately since 1988. She is an experienced, enthusiastic, nurturing, and patient teacher with a great sense of humor and great passion for teaching and music.

Want your kids to try piano for the summer?
Adults: Learning to play piano on your bucket list?
Summer Quarter Begins July 8
Timeslots Available Tuesday/Thursday, Wednesday late afternoon/evening.
Click here to contact me about signing up and about the Summer Special!

Adult Students

Feel free to read below and also visit the area of my website geared more specifically for adult learners (all levels!) at Piano Lessons – Adults.

Parents of Young Students

Check out the info below, and visit Piano Lessons – Kids for more about lessons in my studio.

Click here to read more about what parents, students, and other teachers are saying about Julie Cleveland.

Visit my Studio Blog to learn more about benefits of piano lessons, get links to local music events, read articles about all things piano, and see what my students, young and old, are up to!

Piano Lesson FAQs

Click here for my Piano Lesson FAQs page for kids!

Check out this front-page article about Julie Cleveland in NorthShoreKid.comhttp://www.northshorekid.com/story/piano-lessons-north-shore-children


The Cape Ann Piano Studio is conveniently located in downtown Gloucester, MA, just off Grant Circle (first rotary entering Gloucester on 128N), and only 10 minutes from downtown Manchester, Essex, and Rockport.

Mission Statement

I encourage all of my students to free improvise and if they want to, to compose at the piano, as exploring the piano in these ways, as well as learning to play, contributes to a more well-rounded and whole-music education, plus it’s a whole lot of fun!

I don’t have a “set” program for all students; I cater my instruction to each individual student.
Features of my instruction, for both young students and adult learners, include
  • Injury-preventive piano technique, which includes good posture and alignment at the piano
  • Solid sightreading skills with the goal of being able to (someday!) read any piece of piano music
  • Music theory and ear training (all younger students; adults, if desired)
  • Lead sheet/charts (pop/folk/rock/jazz), basic jazz improvisation skills
  • Free improvisation and composition
  • Memorization skills

Who can learn to play the piano? Anyone.


I love what Ms. Berger says above in her article regarding the truth about piano lessons: it’s not all about having “talent.” (If you’re an adult and you’re considering taking up piano, or returning to piano, read this article! If you’re a parent, and considering piano lessons for your child, read this article!)
I agree 100%! Sure, as she says, talent helps, but it’s really all about hard work, work that pays off in so many ways. Talent, schmalent! Who cares? The bottom line is that anyone, anyone, can play the piano, at any age. Sure, we’re not all brilliant pianists, of course not, but is that the point? We all can make music. And music brings joy. Making music on any level, expressing oneself creatively and emotionally, is what it’s all about. :)
And you know, even after playing for over 40 years, I still can’t wait to get to the piano every day. I still enjoy the process of figuring out a new piece (it’s not all about “product”). And I’m like all of you—I still have times when I’m frustrated that I can’t “get” a passage of music right away, but I want to help each and every one of my students be able to figure out and play any piece of music they want to, no matter how difficult. That’s my goal as a teacher and mentor, to guide all of my students on their journey of learning to play the piano.

Learning to play the piano is both fun and hard.


Learning to play the piano is hard and fun. And there’s nothing wrong with combining these two things! If you’re a parent, you want a piano teacher for your child who both understands how hard it is and is capable of and dedicated to making it truly fun. That’s where I come in. How do I make it fun? A passion for music, for teaching music, a great sense of humor, and connection with all of my students.Some kids love to perform in piano recitals, or go on to major in music in college. Other children just want to experience the joy of playing the piano, at whatever level or ability.Some adult students enjoy playing at piano soirée evenings; others just want to be able to play the piano for themselves or family members at home.It’s all good. :)

Julie Cleveland, M.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music
Active Member:
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA)
North Shore Piano Teachers Guild (NSPTG)