Welcome to the Cape Ann Piano Studio!


Julie Cleveland
Photo: Brendan Pike

On a break from graduate school in 1988, I taught my first lessons in a tiny guitar shop in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. In 1990, I moved back home to Gloucester and founded the Cape Ann Piano Studio. Since then I have been wholly dedicated to teaching children and adults how to play the piano. My goal as a teacher is to instill in my students a lifelong love of music; I want them to enjoy the gift of being able to play music their entire lives. Learning to play the piano—like any musical instrument—is a challenging and rewarding life experience. In every lesson I strive to nurture the growth and development of each student’s individual creativity and discoveries at the piano.

The Cape Ann Piano Studio is back in business! I am only taking fully vaccinated adults and vaccinated teens 12 and up with all other family members vaccinated. Children under the age of 12 may take lessons but all other family members must be vaccinated or they may wait to begin lessons til Sept 2021 (in person). If you/your child above 12 are not vaccinated, I will not teach you in person.

I, my mother, and all others who come and go here without exception are fully vaccinated.

I teach students ages 7 or 2nd grade and up.

Coming back to lessons in person with a music teacher is truly a joy right now, and a great gift you can give your children, or yourself.
I posted this video at the start of the pandemic; it is so heartwarming I am keeping it up, it is the power and joy of music that keeps us all connected.

Please contact me here via email.


Is wanting to return to the piano or learning to play piano now on your bucket list? Read below and click here to see how I work with adult students.


Considering lessons for your child?
Read below and visit Kids’ Lessons to learn more.
Summer Session 2021 begins soon; some time slots are still available.

Contact me about signing up your child for lessons.

What I bring to each lesson is

  • patience and encouragement
  • keen knowledge of repertoire, including classical, jazz, and popular styles
  • enthusiasm and a sense of humor
  • a lifelong passion and devotion to my profession as a teacher, mentor, coach for all my students, young, and the young at heart.

My goal as your child’s piano teacher is a rewarding and enjoyable experience learning to play the piano!
Want to give your child the gift of music? Learn more about getting started here.

Click here for reviews from parents, students, and teachers about my program.

A student performs live at an Annual Spring recital.

Visit my Studio Blog to learn more about the benefits of piano lessons for children, how to practice, and more.

About Julie Cleveland
Click here to learn more about my background and experience.

Piano Lesson FAQ

Click here for my Piano Lesson FAQs  for kids!

Adult Learners
Click here for more about my lessons for adults.

A recent review from a current adult student:

“I have taught high school, college and graduate school so have been through the wringer many times. The whole game is getting into the mind of your students to understand their source of confusion and how to break out of the circle. Julie Cleveland did that with me at our last lesson by understanding where I was coming from and why that was the wrong starting point. Highly analytical, she was able to point out why my previous practice pattern was not working and what to do instead.  Example of very valuable teaching, not about just music, but about thought process and motivation skills.”

The Cape Ann Piano Studio is located just 2 minutes from “Old” Exit 14 heading north to Gloucester on Route 133 (Essex Avenue). The studio is convenient to Gloucester, Essex, Manchester, and Rockport.

Learning to play the piano is both fun and hard.

Learning to play the piano—any musical instrument—is both challenging, and rewarding. Believe me, I know what it’s like to learn how to play the piano. How to make it “fun”? Practice. Consistent practice leads to success, and one small success leads to another. There’s such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, and pride of achievement when a student has learned a piece of music, be it Old MacDonald or Beethoven’s Für Elise. And it doesn’t have to be “perfect.” For all students learning to play piano, ultimately, it’s the joy from expressing oneself through music, that’s where the “fun” comes in.

One of Julie Cleveland’s students performing at a Shalin Liu concert in Rockport.

**Please note: I am not a piano salesperson, or a piano tuner/repair person. Please visit my Resources page for the contact information for the two piano technicians I highly recommend if you have a piano for sale/need a tuning, etc. Thanks.**