SEE BELOW REGARDING PIANO/MUSIC LESSONS ONLINE
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.
PARENTS WISHING TO SIGN THEIR CHILDREN UP FOR PIANO/ MUSIC LESSONS ONLINE:
LESSONS DURING COVID-19
All of my teaching has moved to online lessons for children via FaceTime/Skype/Zoom and possible more platforms. During these trying and challenging times, young people out of school will need more many more activities. Music will not only help them; it will help your whole family to cope. If you haven’t already seen the video (see below) of the Italian people singing together from their balconies, it is truly inspiring and moving and shows how the power and joy of music keeps us all connected.
Please contact me here via email to learn more about my online lessons for your child. While we are in these most challenging and difficult times, I will be changing up my program to make online lessons work without face-to-face visits to my studio, including mini-lessons during the week, group lessons/performances via Zoom, and more to suit and work around current studies at home, as part of my program.
I am still working out details as I must first get all of my current students settled into time slots but I will get back to you just as soon as I can.
I will also be moving to an online platform for adult students. Please contact me here and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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.
Spring Quarter 2020 begins next week; time slots are still available.
Contact me about signing up your child for lessons.
- 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 at last spring’s recital.
Visit my Studio Blog to learn more about the benefits of piano lessons for children, how to practice, and more.
About Julie Cleveland
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Piano Lesson FAQ
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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 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—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.