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.

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.
Winter Quarter 2018-19 Begins Tuesday, December 11.
Contact me here for more info 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.

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 my Piano Lesson FAQs for adults.

NEW ADDRESS – Google Maps still may have a different street view which is not my location

As of December 1st the Cape Ann Piano Studio is located just 2 minutes from Exits 14/13 heading north to Gloucester, on Route 133 (Essex Avenue), and just 2 minutes from the cut bridge in West Gloucester. 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 a classical piece, like Beethoven’s Für Elise. And it doesn’t have to be “perfect.” For all learning to play, ultimately, joy from expressing oneself through music, well, that’s where the fun comes in.