It’s Never Too Late

To learn to play the piano! I sure hope this article link comes through for some if not all of adults considering lessons reading this blog post. Although it is about learning the cello, it applies to piano lessons, or studying any musical instrument.

Even I was so inspired by it. The number one question I get from folks calling, especially those who’ve retired, is “I’m ___, is it too late to start lessons?” Answer: No. To quote a commenter from this article, “It’s only too late when you’re dead.” I know. I just used that word in a supposedly upbeat blog post!

I also hear from adults calling, “I took lessons when I was a kid, but I don’t remember anything.” You may not, but your muscles do! Muscle memory is an amazing thing. Even including the muscle of sightreading!

But it is so true. With patience and practice, you will find the joy in learning no matter what your pace. Not only does it feel so wonderful, the accomplishment, of playing a song or piece you’ve learned, it also feels wonderful if not more so, to experience the process of learning.

Cape Ann Piano Studio Reopening

Julie Cleveland has returned to in-person teaching for fully vaccinated adults and kids 12 and up who are fully vaccinated and whose other family members are (except of course children under 12).

Parents of children age 7/2nd grade (in the fall) through age 11, please contact me to discuss your comfort level with in-person teaching this summer until the Fall Quarter begins in Sept. Visit my website for more info.
I also continue to teach via Zoom as an option as I have for all of my current students since March of 2020. However, I’d rather students came in person. 🙂

Julie Cleveland, piano instructor on Cape Ann, takes lessons online for both kids and adults

 

PIANO LESSONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
All of my teaching has moved to online lessons for children and adults via Zoom. Although online lessons are not traditional lessons(!), during these trying and challenging times, young people out of school on creative activities outside of online school, too. As I teach teens, I know that some are having a real difficult time during this. I believe music will not only help them with their stress, anxiety, depression; it may help your whole family to cope. And you can take a time out for the duration of the lesson, I got it. 🙂
If you haven’t already seen the video (see below) of the Italian people singing together from their balconies when this all started, it is truly inspiring and moving and shows how the power and joy of music keeps us all connected and “alone together.”

If you’d like to see a Zoom lesson in progress, please visit my Kids’ Lessons page here.

And contact me here to learn more about my online lessons for your child or for your tween/teen. They also include video check-ins half way through the week and soon, possible get-togethers to share the music they are learning and playing during “group” lessons online.
Stay safe, and consider adding the joy of learning piano. Of course it’s not the same, I long for when that time will come.
Sincerely,
Miss Julie

Adults
As with my young students, all lessons are online for adult students as well. Please contact me here for more info. And visit my page on lessons for adult students here.

 

Give the Gift of Piano Lessons to Your Child This Holiday Season

From now until December 20, the Cape Ann Piano Studio is offering a 20% discount off of the remaining Winter Quarter at the studio for school-age children (10 45-minute lessons). This offer applies to both beginner and transfer students. Lessons begin January 7.*

Please email or call for more information.

A young student plays a duet with his mom at our first-ever annual Holiday Pizza and Piano Party. 🙂

 

*This discounted offer is for young students only.
Adults seeking lessons, you can learn more by visiting my Adult Lessons page, and please contact me if you would like more information.

Can’t make the lesson this week? Let’s do a FaceTime or Skype lesson instead!

Last night’s lesson with two of my advanced students who couldn’t make their lesson times this week:
They’re preparing their pieces for our Annual Spring Recital on June 8th. (Apologies for low-quality video/audio, I’m holding my iPhone!)
First clip: “Memento”

Second clip: Fantasie in D Minor (Mozart)

Free Jazz Concert at Shalin Liu Performance Center Tonight!

Hey all! Sorry for late notice, but just got this email reminder today—looks like a great show!

Tonight!

Wednesday, July 18, 7 PM
Community Concert

Alexa Tarantino Quartet with Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. She performs regularly as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (holding a weekly residency at Birdland Jazz Club), LSAT (her new quintet co-led with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian), Tarantino/Terefenko. LEARN MORE

 “exquisite soloing that is fresh, inspired, and original” – All About Jazz

Free admission, no tickets issued.  Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

Shalin Liu Piano Recitals: “Moonlight Mood”

On April 8, four of my students performed at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, as part of the annual North Shore Piano Teachers Guild Piano Recitals, and all did an outstanding job. Here is one of those performances! Bravo! 🙂

Julie Cleveland’s Students Performing at Shalin Liu Performance Center this Sunday

This Sunday, four of my students will be taking part in the annual North Shore Piano Teachers’ Guild Shalin Liu Piano Recitals. The Guild holds three recitals in one afternoon each spring at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, in which students of piano teachers from around the North Shore participate. Each recital is about 50 minutes long. Three of my students are performing in the 1:00 pm recital, and one in the 2:30 pm recital. Very very proud of how hard these students have worked for this performance. 🙂

Here’s one of my students who participated in last year’s Shalin recitals:

North Shore Piano Teachers’ Guild Piano Recitals
Sunday, April 8, 3 recitals: 1, 2:30 and 4 pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA
Free and Open to the Public