Blackbird Music


•Julie Baretela, Owner/Instructor•


Instruction available for All Ages

from Beginner to Advance.


Try a Free No Commitment Demo Lesson

for a general meet and greet.

::About your instructor::

Julie Baretela, private instructor & owner of Blackbird Music, also voted Music Teacher of the year for 2017,2019, & 2020

Julie perfected her profession at Point University in 2006-2010 where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music.

Her ambitions as a teacher specifically is to help you grow & achieve beyond your expectations. Her educators used traditional teaching methods but Julie developed her own successful contemporary method that positively enhances the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization & techniques.

To gain experience & enhance confidence, Blackbird Music provides growing opportunities through Student Concerts, Live Open Mics, Recording Studios, & Music Theory Clinics.

I teach:

•Ages 5 to Adult


•Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, & Voice

•Music theory, Sight reading

•Song Writing/Composition

Audition prep for:

•Elite Education Programs

-Governor school & more



•Tv programs

-The Voice, America’s Got Talent, etc.

•Musical Theatre


•Gift certificates are available during the Holidays for those who want to give the gift of music.

•ZOOM LESSON available for remote students or those who are quarantining due to exposure or testing positive for COVID-19.


Hired 18 times
2 employees
6 years in business
Serves Simpsonville , SC

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Venmo, Apple Pay

Social media


Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    Allen S.

    Julie is super cool, very knowledgeable, and well connected with the local music scene. Lessons are affordable and can work around busy schedules. Highly recommend.
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    March 03, 2022
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    Dennis D.

    Julie is very patient. Im a complete newbie and she explains things in ways that are easy to understand.
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    January 15, 2021
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    Dennis D.

    Julie is down to earth and very encouraging.
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    January 01, 2021
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    Dana C.

    Tailors lessons to your style and makes it fun
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    September 17, 2020
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    Julie J.

    My teens enjoy working with her
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    July 27, 2020
    Hired on Lessons

    Chelsie R.

    Julie was so flexible and personable. Her studio was a safe place to explore music and to get better.
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    July 17, 2019
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    Frequently asked questions

    My teaching techniques are very different from the usual music teachers and has proven to have a major success rate. The Students who use my practice method to focus on the major skills of any instrument consistently outperform their peers with comparable talents.

    Bachelors of Science Degree in Music - Point University - Atlanta, GA

    Voted Music Teacher of the year for 2017-2019.


    15+ year Teaching...

    •Ages 5 to Adult


    •Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo,

      and Voice

    •Music theory, Sight reading

    •Song Writing/Composition

    ::Trained in audition prep for...

    •Elite Education Programs

      -Governor school and more

    •Theatre and Competitions


    •Tv programs

      -The Voice, America’s Got Talent, etc.

    Lesson Rates:

    $35 • 1 Lesson - 30min 

    $65 • 1 Lesson - 60min 

    $120 Bundle & Save:

    • 4 Lessons - 30min

    • 2 Lessons - 60min 


    Schedule a FREE DEMO LESSON

    for a quick meet and greet!

    My very first student was myself! 

    When I was 7 I had bad luck with piano teachers. Not that I was poor student but more of that my instructors did stay in the field long enough for me to learn basics the basics. After having one of my piano teachers move away, another ran away, and one even went to rehab... I thought maybe I was bad luck, so I began to teacher myself. 

    With very basic knowledge in music theory it made things difficult at first but then I learned that I could learn my favorite songs just by listening to them. I would sit at the piano for what felt like hours with one ear focusing on the song and the other matching the note on the piano. In school I felt discourage about my intelligence (which later discovered was due to my reading/learning disability) so I was very insecure about my ability to be as smart as the other kids, BUT music changed that for me.

    When I decided to go to College and get my degree in music I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do with music. All I knew is THIS is what I am good at and THIS is what I should be doing. I never aimed to be famous nor tried to be. I just had a passion for music and who music made me become. Music gave me strength, confidence, motivation and most of all it gave me hope. It made me feel like I could finally be proud of who I was, and I could stand amongst friends who were Professors, Doctors, or Engineers and feel confident in my own individual intelligence. No, I cannot do what an engineer can nor, will I be conducting open heart surgery but when talking with the doctor, engineer, and professor they said something that was most shocking to me. They were actual envious of me….me? One said they can barely keep a beat, the other could sing on key to save his life, and well the doctor said he does have the patients to learn an instrument (no pun intended).

    So, to FINALLY answer the question, I knew right there I wanted to teach music because I never want anyone to feel the way I did. I want reach as many people like myself as I can to tell them you CAN be smart, and you CAN be something great. I have taught music and more. No matter what student crosses my path I will always encourage then to think outside the box, express their creativity, and never be fearful of those who doubt them. Each student that I have personally seen grow in confidence or skill has made my choice to become a teacher a very easy one indeed.

    I can teach a wide variety of styles of music so I see students interested in musician styles from Christian to Broadway, from country to heavy metal. From gospel to jazz.

    Services offered

    Voice Acting
    Bass Guitar
    Music Theory
    Audio Production