Welcome to the Cape Ann Piano Studio!

Julie Cleveland / Photo Credit: Brendan Pike


Now in my 30th year of teaching, I offer 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.

I’ve been teaching piano and music education privately since 1988 and strive to bring to every lesson encouragement and patience, as well as my knowledge of repertoire, including classical, jazz, and popular styles. Nurturing and goal-oriented, student-centered rather than teacher-focused, I’m an expert at guiding each individual student’s progress. I teach with both enthusiasm and a sense of humor; I’m passionate and devoted to my profession as a teacher, mentor, coach – for all students, young and young at heart.

Students who study with me become not only pianists but students of music as well.

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 nurture the growth and development of well-rounded pianists and fully support each student’s individual creativity and feeling of personal discovery.

Click here to learn more about my background and experience.

Learning to play piano on your bucket list? See below or click here to see how I work with adult students.

Considering lessons for your child?
Check out the info below, and visit Kids’ Lessons for more about lessons in my studio.

Fall Quarter 2018 Begins Tuesday, September 4.
Contact me for more information about signing up, and about bring your child for a free eval being offered August 28, 29, and 31.

Click here to find out what parents, students, and other teachers are saying about me.

Visit and follow my Studio Blog to learn more about benefits of piano lessons, articles about all things piano, and see what my students, young and old, are up to!

Piano Lesson FAQ

Click here for my Piano Lesson FAQs  for kids!
Adult Learners
Click here for my Piano Lesson FAQs for adults.

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.

Learning to play the piano is both fun and hard.

Learning to play the piano is hard and fun.

While teaching my students I take into account their individual strengths. I know how hard it is to learn to play a musical instrument; my job as teacher is to make 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 help parents to help their children enjoy learning to play the piano. I encourage students to work – in “fun” and enjoyable ways – so that they can have fun at the piano.

One of my students playing at the North Shore Piano Teachers Guild Piano Recitals in Rockport at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.