Reviews

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What parents and students, and other teachers, are saying about Julie Cleveland

Parents


Julie is a gem! She takes an interest in each student as an individual. Recitals are ever a pleasure because each one of her students has a different style and approach to their love of music, which Julie continuously nurtures. Julie works to keep lessons engaging while balancing technique and theory with the joy of playing. Julie is a gift to her students. At each lesson I am always impressed with her warmth and dedication as well as her sincere desire to bring out the most in each of her students.
—Michele Notte

I am thrilled that my daughter actually loves going to piano lessons, so unlike my experience when I was young (and everyone else I know of my generation). Miss Julie has a warm and gracious way with kids; she is sincere and kind and playful while also inspiring them to practice and do their best. Because of Julie Cleveland, my daughter loves to play the piano and is flourishing!
—Robin Wright

This lady gets five stars. She is an exemplary individual who is a gifted musician, a thorough professional, and at the same time, a delightful person who relates extremely well to young people. Julie Cleveland is almost a “stealth bomber.” With her pleasant, happy demeanor, her patience, her use of the whimsical and her ability to relate to young people, students may not realize how much serious work they are really doing.
—Meredith Tufts

Miss Julie is more than a piano teacher. She used her private time to find the right piano for my children without any charges. She is very dedicated to the instruction of the children and their personal growth as pianists. She is very good with kids and never makes her adult students feel bad if they can’t remember the notes! We were so lucky that we found her on the web for a piano teacher.
—Arunee Salonsky

Miss Julie will be missed! Our son has progressed tremendously under her tutelage. We as parents have enjoyed listening to the recitals Miss Julie put on. We especially took pleasure in listening to the differing styles of music our son plays. She was able to teach him classical music as well as current songs that are played on the radio today. One more thing we were grateful for was that Miss Julie took time out of her schedule to visit Shai’s other performances that had nothing to do with his piano playing.
—LisaMarie and Erez Cohen

Young Students

What I like about taking lessons with Miss Julie is that she does a really nice job teaching me. Even though I really don’t like theory, Miss Julie has a way of making it fun! I never knew that I would enjoy playing classics and jazz pieces as much as I do! Through playing with Miss Julie, I found out what I like playing—Tangos!
—Cat, 8th grader, St. Mary’s

After I have a piano lesson, I can focus more at home when I practice.
—Seamus, 3rd grader, East Gloucester Elementary

After I have a piano lesson, I can focus more at home when I practice.
—Adelaide, age 11

I like having lessons with Miss Julie because lessons are fun, she has a good sense of humor and is very nice.
—Rune, 5th grader, Rockport Elementary

Miss Julie’s lessons are so much fun. She is a great teacher and I love the way she teaches stuff.
—Bella, 4th grader, Manchester Memorial Elementary

Miss Julie has challenged me to play things I never thought I could play. I also see that I get results the more I practice. 
—Hugo, 6th grader, Manchester Essex Middle School

I like taking lessons with Miss Julie because she knows what kind of music I like to play. She also helps me play impossible notes!
—Addie, age 11

Miss Julie makes music magical. Since the tender age of 6, she opened doors and windows to the enchanting world of music. I doubt any other teacher could have made my time learning piano more enchanting.
—Chloe, now a graduate of McGill University, pursuing a career in architecture

I’m so glad I met Julie; she opened the door to improvisation for me.
—Laura, now a graduate of Endicott College, pursuing her career in dance

Teachers


Julie Cleveland was the guiding force in my older daughter’s acceptance to music performance departments at the college level. Her background in theory, technique, and performance is evident in my daughter’s success.
—Eileen Egan, retired teacher, West Parish Elementary School, Gloucester, MA

Julie Cleveland is a scrupulous and disciplined scholar, a brilliant musician, and an excellent teacher. We need more creative teachers like Julie Cleveland. Our young people are starving for art and magic and good teaching.
—Paul Wann, English/Drama Dept., The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, MA

Julie is a fine teacher and model for younger musicians. I am impressed with Julie’s high level of artistic integrity and her ambition for excellence in craft and interpretation.
—Bruce Herman, Professor of Art, Gordon College, Beverly, MA