Julie Starling  Music Lessons - Piano, Guitar, Uke, Bass

Julie Starling Music Lessons - Piano, Guitar, Uke, Bass

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About this pro

Learn the Music YOU want to play! I teach piano and guitar, ukulele, and electric bass. Pop, rock, classical, blues, folk, jazz, improvising, arranging, composing, and music theory. Relaxed and fun! 20+ years experience.

I started teaching music lessons at age 15.  BA in Drama/Music  CUA 1988.  AFA in Studio Art MC 2010. I currently study online at Berklee College of Music.  

I believe private lessons are the best environment for learning.  It is a dynamic trade back and forth of ideas.  I really enjoy that each student brings something different to the music and challenges me to personalize the material for them.  I love seeing the ongoing progress of each student and getting to know them as individuals.  Music and art are the greatest languages in the world, and it is my joy to teach them.

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Silver Spring, MD 20906
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to spend a few minutes talking about what kind of music a student is interested in, so I know what long term goals we are trying to accomplish.  For beginners, we'll spend a few minutes choosing books and then jump in.  For students who have experience, I like to look through their old books and ask them to play bits of this and that to know where they are.  I may pull out some books and ask them what things they can play.  Then we'll spend some time going through different book and material options.  Once we both feel like we are the same page, then we'll start working on a piece. 

Also, the first month is considered a trial month, so the student can have some time to decide if we work well together.  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I started teaching guitar at age 15 and piano at age 18.  I studied music education with piano and voice at CUA.  I taught preschool music and piano/guitar lessons in a variety of afterschool programs around the area.  I went to as many as six schools a day.  Once I got a house at end of 1992, I moved lessons home.  I think the best teachers are always students, so I continued taking music and art classes at MC.  I currently study online at Berklee College of Music.  


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My tution is $125/month for weekly 1/2 hour lessons and $250/month for weekly hour lesson.  Per lesson rates are $35/half hour lesson and $70/hour lesson.  


How did you get started teaching?

At 13, I started teaching my friend how to play guitar just for fun. At 15, I turned pro and started teaching neighborhood kids.  I began teaching piano to neighborhood kids during the summer while in college studying music.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have literally taught students from 3-93.  In addition to private lessons, I have taught preschool music, movement, library, drama, and piano.  I have worked in afterschool programs and camps teaching music, drama and art.  I have led adult art workshops as a rep for an art company, at a local art store, and in an assisted living residence. I have also led many music jams and group lessons.  


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher you connect with.  A student/teacher relationship should be relaxing and comfortable.  Also look for someone who inspires you, but doesn't push you too far to fast.  Learning music is a process and it should be fun.