Suzuki Strings Faculty
B.M. Performance - Slippery Rock University
B.S. Psychology - Seton Hill University
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. Julia actively performs around Pittsburgh as the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, a substitute for the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and a pit musician for musicals. In addition to her passion for performing, Julia is an enthusiastic teacher and 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 psychology major, Julia learned how important it is to be empathetic of others' situations. She recognizes that every student is different and strives to tailor each lesson to suit each student's needs. 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. 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.
When Julia is not playing or teaching violin, she enjoys running, writing, painting, and spending time with her wonderful family.