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18 years in business
3 hires on Thumbtack
I think Julie is an awesome teacher. I'm in my 20's and was looking for someone to teach me the saxophone. I was a total beginner, and Julie was so patient from the beginning. During each lesson, Julie taught me new things while enforcing the ideas she taught the previous lessons so that I would work on perfecting one skill while learning a new one, which encouraged me to continue practicing and working on the skills. Overall, I think Julie is a wonderful amd talented teacher that really knows how to teach each student on their own level, and I'm so grateful to have taken lessons with her.Jun 18, 2015
Zehra A.Aug 26, 2014Verified
My 5-year old daughter took violin with Julie and our experience was excellent. She is incredibly patient and encouraging and has a comfort level with teaching that comes across very naturally. Each lesson was also well-structured and productive while remaining fun (which is important for a little one!). I was constantly impressed with not only her expansive musical talent, but with her keen eye in observing all the little details as well. Highly recommended!Mar 4, 2015
Julie is a superb teacher. She seeks to improve a student's musicianship in all relevant areas. She challenges students to improve their playing and not settle for merely passable results. She seems to constantly be cultivating new methods and teaching techniques which means she is likely putting in as much work--or more work--than her students. If one particular teaching technique doesn't work for a student, Julie surely has an alternative path in mind that will probably lead to success. Her knowledge and teaching course is deep and if a student desires an improvement in any specific area Julie certainly has a solution or multiple solutions tailored to specific needs of individual students. Her schedule flexibility and openness to feedback are also top notch.May 13, 2015
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am always looking to improve my skills and increase my knowledge. In addition to reading professional journals and staying current with industry trends, I take lessons from some of the top players and teachers in New York.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?When I was growing up, I loved learning new instruments. I started on piano and a couple years later added saxophone. Soon after that I added clarinet and flute, and from there I couldn't stop, adding violin, viola, oboe, trumpet and trombone. For me, instruments just made sense and I loved playing them. I narrowed my focus in college and grad school to the woodwind instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe). I started teaching privately when I was in high school and enjoyed it from the start. Now, as a professional musician, I still enjoy teaching, and find it to be helpful for understanding skills from new perspectives.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?It's important to find a good fit with a private teacher. It's best to study with someone you feel comfortable with in terms of personality and teaching style, but also someone whose skill set and experience match your goals.