Julie began studying piano at the age of seven. It was the love of playing and taking lessons that led her to realize her passion to pursue a profession as a piano instructor. At thirteen she began teaching, and shortly after began accompanying for her church services, weddings, and funerals. She continues to be a church pianist, accompanying for choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists.
Julie is a graduate from Boise State University, where she studied piano under Dr. Del Parkinson. She received her Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in piano performance in 2008. While at BSU, Julie also worked as accompanist for several vocalists and instrumentalists.
She has taught piano privately for 19 years, and has experience in accompanying for 18 years. In addition to teaching piano, Julie also offers to aid students in ensemble playing, accompanying them with their secondary instrument. She welcomes helping to develop this aspect of music appreciation for students that are learning another instrument.
Julie has enjoyed working with a variety of students, from young children to adults, beginner through advanced levels. Since she tailors the lessons to a student's interests and abilities, Julie strives constantly to learn different teaching approaches for individual students needs. She continues to enhance her personal music knowledge by attending workshops, both online and local, consulting with fellow colleagues, and staying informed on the latest teaching developments.
Julie has served as co-chairman and chairman for the piano division in the local Boise Tuesday Musical spring festival, and the Treasure Valley Federated Music Club. She is currently serving as vice-president for the Treasure Valley Federated Music Club.