Welcome to the Cape Ann Piano Studio!

Julie Cleveland, M.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music

Julie Cleveland offers a whole-music education, not only including piano instruction, but lessons in composition, music theory, both free and beginning jazz, improvisation, ear training, and more, for both children and adult learners of all ages.

Students who study with Julie Cleveland become not only pianists, but musicians.

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 not only nurture the growth and development of not just pianists, but well-rounded musicians, but to fully support each student’s individual creativity, personal discoveries, and real joy at the piano.

One of Julie Cleveland’s students performing at this year’s North Shore Piano Teacher Guild’s Shalin Liu Recitals:

Now in her 30th year of teaching, Julie Cleveland has been teaching piano and music education privately since 1988. She brings to every lesson encouragement and patience, as well as her vast knowledge of repertoire, including classical, jazz, and popular styles. Nurturing and goal-oriented, student-centered rather than teacher-focused, Ms. Cleveland is an expert at guiding each individual student’s progress. She teaches with both enthusiasm and a sense of humor; she is passionate and devoted to her profession—as a teacher, mentor, coach—for all students, young and young and heart.

Click here to learn more about Julie Cleveland’s background and experience.

Adults: Learning to play piano on your bucket list? See below under Adult Students.

Parents: Considering lessons for your child?

Try a Summer Lesson in August! Contact me below. Weeks Available in August: August 8-11, 15-18, 22-25. Please contact me to set up a trial lesson.

Fall Quarter Begins Sept. 5. Pre-Registration Page coming soon (1st week August). 

Contact me for more information about signing up your child for lessons.

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

Hear Julie Play: Check out my SoundCloud channel here: https://soundcloud.com/julie-cleveland

In the News: 

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.


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

Visit and follow 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!
Adult Learners: Click here for FAQs.

The Cape Ann Piano Studio is located in downtown Gloucester, MA, just off Grant Circle and is only 10 minutes from downtown Manchester, Essex, and Rockport.

Who can learn to play the piano? Anyone.


I love what Karen Berger (a great blog for parents, students, others BTW) says in her blog post regarding the truth about piano lessons: it’s not all about having “talent.” (If you’re an adult and you’re thinking of starting to learn piano, or come back to piano, read this! If you’re a parent, and considering piano lessons for your child, read this!)
I agree with Ms. Berger 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 making music brings joy. Joy in a profound way, hard to explain, wonderful to experience. Making music on any level—expressing yourself creatively and emotionally—is a gift you give to yourself, and to others.
I’ve been playing for over 40 years, and I still can’t wait to get to the piano. I enjoy the process of figuring out a new piece, and working it until it’s right, which of course it’s never right! 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 know the techniques to help you get there, and I do, and I want to teach each and every one of all of my students to do this as well: to be able to 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 to learn to play a musical instrument and is capable of making that happen while keeping it “fun.” How do I make it “fun”? A passion for music, and for teaching it, a great sense of humor, a nurturing style, and an honest connection with all of my students. I make kids work—so that they can have “fun” at the piano. Some adult students enjoy playing at piano soirée evenings (which I offer); 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:
North Shore Piano Teachers Guild (NSPTG)
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA)