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Julie's Piano Studio

Woburn, MA

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About Julie's Piano Studio

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Julie's Piano Studio offers affordable and fun piano/keyboard lessons, taught by experienced, qualified teachers.

All ages and abilities are welcome. Private or group lessons are available 6 days a week, morning and evening.

Lessons include music reading and fun, educational music games children love.

Julie has taught for over 25 years at her in-home studio, and for town recreation departments, Montessori schools, and a private boys school.

Location

26 Sylvanus Wood Lane
Woburn, MA 01801

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  • 5/5 stars November 11, 2012

    Julie and I have had email correspondence before we met and she is courteous and her contact was good.

    I had my first lesson and everything was good and I have hired Julie on a weekly basis.

    I would recommend Julie to my family and friends and I will continue to use her service.

  • 5/5 stars October 19, 2012

    Julie is a great teacher. She is thorough but also wants the student to enjoy playing the piano. My daughter has just started taking lessons with her but really likes it so far.

  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2012

    My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Ms Briggs for 7 years now, and enjoys the challenges it offers. We'd had group lessons from other teachers before, but the one-on-one attention provided by Julie is far better- my daughter has come a long way over the last 7 years, and it has been a wonderful and enriching experience for her.

    Julie B. from Julie's Piano Studio replied to this review on September 16, 2012:

    Your daughter has worked hard and been a wonderful student. I sincerely hope she continues to practice and progress as she has so far. She is very talented and it's wonderful to see her develop that talent. I have enjoyed being her teacher. Julie Briggs

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    Our friend recommended Mrs. Briggs for their Piano lessons. We are extremely happy with the progress we see in both our daughters. Mrs Briggs gives a lot of emphasis on counting loud and using the metronome during practice. Thank you for helping my daughters love playing Piano.

    Julie B. from Julie's Piano Studio replied to this review on September 13, 2012:

    Thank you for the opportunity of being your teacher. It has been a pleasure. The girls are very talented and work hard. They are ideal students. Julie Briggs

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2012

    I've been taking piano lessons from Mrs. Briggs for 5 years. I started from no experience at all at the age of 40. I must say that could not have been more impressed, greatful and satisfied with her instructions. She is an excellent piano teacher and finds individual approach for every student. She has students of all ages and my experience has been wonderful. Mrs Briggs is very patient, thoughtful and knowledgable.

    Julie B. from Julie's Piano Studio replied to this review on September 13, 2012:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. You are a wonderful student, and even though very busy with your work at the hospital and at home, you do your best in trying to practice when you have time. I'm so glad you are persistent and never give up. It will pay off in the end as you are able to play Fur Elise for you new baby girl.

  • 5/5 stars August 23, 2011

    Julie Briggs is a professional, kind, and motivating teacher. She shows a love for music and genuine care for her students.

    Julie B. from Julie's Piano Studio replied to this review on September 13, 2012:

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • 5/5 stars August 5, 2011

    We have known Julie Briggs for four years and she's been a great piano teacher for our children. Currently, our 11-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter are enjoying learning to play piano from Julie. She really knows how to motivate children to play their best!

    Julie B. from Julie's Piano Studio replied to this review on September 14, 2012:

    I love teaching! It's student like these that "make my day." Thank you for allowing me to be their teacher. Julie


Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Contact me and find out about my services for Lexington, Winchester, Arlington, Woburn, Burlington, Belmont, Bedford, and Waltham. Ask about music experience and education. Ask about piano lessons and how I teach, and for referrals. Ask if I teach children and adults and if I teach special needs individuals. Ask what sets me apart from other teachers. Ask what music methods I use and how long the lessons are. Take a music lesson and see how you like it . Ask about the benefits of music study and how you can improve through studying music. Ask about my location, directions, and come to see it.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. If I were a customer I would like to know how a music teacher works with children. If they are patient and understanding while teaching and if they are thorough in their teaching, explaining each new concept in every detail so that the student understands what is being taught. I would like to know what music the teacher uses and why it is superior to other music methods being used. I would like to know about the teacher's teaching experience and where they were educated, and if they are qualified to teach my child or me as an adult. I would ask if the teacher goes to homes or teaches from their studio. I would like to know that the teacher teaches music fundamentals such as counting, note names and rhythm.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Where are you located and do you go to student's homes or does the student go to you? Where is your studio, what kind of piano do you teach on, do you furnish music for students, and do you have a waiting area for parents and siblings? What music method do you use and how is it different than others being used? Do you teach rhythm and note reading? Do you teach theory and jazz? Do you have recitals and how often? Do you teach children and adults? Do you teach special needs children and adults? Do you provide music for students or do we buy our own? Do you teach on holidays or take vacations, and do you teach in the summer?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Do you want an excellent, experienced piano teacher? Are you ready to commit to practicing daily and will you support your child who is taking lessons by encouraging them to follow the teacher's directions? Are you ready for the financial commitment and will you continue to study over the summer months? Do you have a piano or a keyboard to practice on or are you planning to purchase one? Are you ready to purchase the music necessary for music study as well as a metronome? Do you have time to take the student to lessons and help with practicing? Are you happy and excited about music lessons?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have been teaching children and adults how to play the piano for over thirty years and have learned so much during that time. It is so much fun to connect with a student and figure out what it takes to help them learn and love the music they play. This brings them and me much satisfaction. I am always patient and soft spoken as I teach the many important basics of music so necessary for a student to fully learn a piece. I also incorporate fun learning tools such as special music games that help students learn the fundamentals of music in a fun and enjoyable way. At my studio,
students play a beautiful grand piano, a rare treat.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. What I love most about my job is teaching a student how to perform beautiful music and sharing in the fun they have in accomplishing their musical goals. And, that we are able to do this in beautiful and comfortable surroundings. It is so fun inviting a student into my studio, teaching them how to sit at the piano properly, and then proceeding to introduce the wonderful world of music to them and witness their smiles and giggles as they play a fun piece for the first time. I love teaching the fundamentals of music such as note reading, rhythm and dynamics,
and helping students apply what they learn as they study each new piece.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Common questions and answers are:
Q: Am I accepting new students?
A: Yes
Q: What is my fee?
A: $25 per lesson
Q: Are the lessons private?
A: Yes
Q: What do you do at a lesson?
A; I use a traditional approach in teaching note reading
and rhythm, and follow the outline in the method books .
Q: What books do you use?
A: I normally use the popular Alfred method books but also use the Faber and Faber books,
as well as books the student already has if appropriate for their ability.
Q: What if the student misses a lesson?
A: A make up lesson may be scheduled at a later date.
Q: Are parents allowed to attend the lessons?
A: Yes, but as observers are often distracting, a comfortable waiting area is available within hearing distance, but out of sight. Arrangements are always
made according to the desires of student and parent.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I have taught many students with special needs. One in particular stands out as very special to me. They took lessons for about ten years. Despite the distractions of their difficulties, they stayed focused, practiced on a regular basis, followed directions very well, and learned to play the piano at an advanced level. This student was very talented. They continued to take lessons through high school and graduated. It was thrilling to watch them perform their beautiful piece at their last recital, but sad too, knowing I would no longer be teaching them as they were going away to college. I will miss this student but have wonderful, musical memories of the time we spent together at the piano.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I started taking piano lessons when I was eight years old. I loved playing the piano and by third grade I knew I wanted to be a piano teacher. Continuing to learn and excel, I was able to study with the renowned Dr. Donald Isaak at Arizona State University while still in high school. During this time, even though very busy with school, and practicing several hours a day, as well as often performing, I started teaching some friends and family members. I enjoyed teaching and the money I was able to earn. Since that time I have given piano lessons to children and adults of all ages and in many different situations, and I think I always will because I love it that much.

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