Julie Harper is from San Luis Obispo, CA, where she was classically trained in piano, and began her vocal studies with retired opera singer Nella Girolo. She expanded into other genres and became a singer/songwriter in the Boston, Mass., area, where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology for children and teenagers. She has developed and organized the private music education of up to 55 students per week, as well as producing numerous concerts and recitals each year. She has directed performing arts school and church choirs, and produced CDs for her students, as well as a self-released a CD of original songs. She has worked with students with special needs and attention issues, and with voice students with speech and hearing impairments.
For piano, vocal, and guitar instruction, Julie has a well-rounded approach tailored to each individual, including theory, ear-training, and exposure to various styles of music. For vocal instruction, exercises and music are chosen to develop control and full voice range. By being creative and willing to explore, she helps students stay interested and motivated, and have fun discovering and developing their talents. She assesses the learning style, interests, and abilities of each student, and selects methods and materials accordingly. She teaches music notation as well as learning songs by ear, and offers direction and instruction for songwriting and composition for students who wish to create their own music. For vocal instruction, she draws from a variety of vocal training methods, depending on the needs of the student, and a variety of styles, depending on the student's interests.
I fell in love with the sound of the piano when I was 11 years old, and began lessons at the age of 12. Being a musician has taken me on a lifelong journey of music exploration and experiences. Music is so complex, and offers so many possibilities for each individual, that it could take 10 lifetimes to explore! A student beginning to study music, no matter what age, has so much to look forward to – it’s a very personal journey and who knows what will be discovered! It requires discipline, but that is just a part of the process, and hopefully, part of the fun.
“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”
-Edward Bullwer Lytton
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