A graduate of Wittenberg University, Julia has been playing the piano since she was four years old, having already experienced preschool music through the Pied Piper program. Though as a youth she admits to not appreciating the need for correct fingering nor learning theory, in college she began to understand the value of proper music education. She is well versed in many genres, having played classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, religious repertoire, and MUCH Christmas music–a personal favorite.
A home schooled student until High School, Julia took classes at Leaves of Learning and performed in all of the drama productions. While attending Mason High School, Julia was in multiple choirs (Una Vocce, Bel Canto, and Show Choir) and took private voice instruction as well as piano at Loveland Music Academy, so teaching here is coming home for her. She has performed as a piano accompanist for recitals, talent shows, solo concerts and recital venues, as an accompanist at church, played for graduation ceremonies, and participated in Junior Music Experience.
At Wittenberg, Julia studied piano with Dr. Christopher Durrenberger (an accomplished international pianist), tutored college freshman in Theory, studied tap dance and ballet, and performed with the choir in the Lessons and Carols concert at Christmas time. In addition, she was an accompanist for jury rehearsals. Julia has a B.A. in Psychology, having done internships with various organizations, including working with children’s therapy groups at The Rocking Horse Center (a community mental health care center), assisting with the Get Up and Go After School Program in New Carlisle (motion and motivation), tutoring kindergarten ESL students (English as a Second Language) in Springfield, working with the On The Rise program for at-risk youth, and assisting with school therapy groups through Oesterlen Services for Youth. She also worked on a program with Project Jericho, teaching students to sing several songs in an African language and performing with the students and Ugandan musical artist “Kinobe” at Clark State University.
Julia enjoys working with children, and has had a Nanny position intermittently through high school and college, in addition to piano instruction. She has been a tutor, a mentor, and a positive role model for youth in many areas. She works full-time as the office manager/administrative assistant for Ungers and Associates, Inc.
Her teaching philosophy is not to turn out professional concert pianists, but to encourage and inspire creativity and self-expression through musical enrichment, and to guide students through the exploration of a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Her goal in teaching is to help each student develop a love for music, and to discover his or her own personal style and passion.