Welcome to the Cape Ann Piano Studio!

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

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

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.

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.

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 and heart.

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.

Summer Quarter 2018 Begins Tuesday, June 26.
Contact me for more information about signing up for my 4-lesson summer session. (More lessons available by appointment.)

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!

Click here to read more about what parents, students, and other teachers are saying about me.

Piano Lesson FAQ

Click here for my Piano Lesson FAQ page for kids!
Adult Learners
Click here for my Piano Lesson FAQ 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.

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, still read this!)
Talent, schmalent! Talent helps, but it’s really all about hard work, work that pays off in so many ways. Who cares? The bottom line is that anyone, anyone, can play the piano, at any age. Sure, we’re not all brilliant pianists, but is that the point? We all can make music. And making music brings joy. Joy that is profound, hard to explain, and 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. 🙂