Julia Simeone has been surrounded by music ever since she was born. With an older brother and sister that both play violin, the instrument became an instant passion for her when she started learning at age three. Julia graduated from Seton Hill University with a degree in Psychology and from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Violin Performance. While at Slippery Rock, Julia studied violin with Dr. Warren Davidson and cello with Dr. Paige Riggs . Julia actively performs around Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and frequently plays in musicals for various productions.
In addition to her passion for performing and sharing music with others through concerts and shows, Julia is a very enthusiastic teacher. She is a strong believer that music can make a difference in people’s lives. She loves having the opportunity to share music with others through teaching and loves helping her students grow as musicians and people. As a Suzuki-Certified violin teacher, Julia believes that learning music not only assists students in growing their artistic capabilities, but also expands into every aspect of their life. As a psychology major, Julia learned how important it is to be empathetic of others’ situations, so she recognizes that every student is different and she strives to tailor each lesson to suit each student’s needs. As concertmaster of different ensembles, Julia also was able to be sensitive to the needs of others in her section and the rest of the orchestra and has used these experiences to help her in her time as a tutor at Seton Hill and as a violin teacher to students of any age and ability.
Julia is very patient and wishes each lesson to be a positive and enjoyable experience by maintaining open communication between the student, parent, and teacher. In addition, between 2017 and 2018, Julia completed an extensive research project on the Suzuki and O’Connor Violin Methods, which helped broaden her understanding of different views on these styles of teaching. Through this research, Julia utilizes these newfound viewpoints to assist her teaching by adding in additional elements of learning. Julia currently holds a studio at the PYCO School of Music in Wexford, PA as well as at the City Music Center of Duquesne University.
When Julia is not playing or teaching violin, she enjoys running, writing, painting, and spending time with her wonderful family. She looks forward to meeting you and your student and is excited to start lessons with you soon!
To inquire about performances or lessons, please feel free to contact Julia (information under "Contact" tab) and take a look at the Suzuki-Style String Group Class offering!
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© 2016 Julia Simeone
© 2016 Julia Simeone