Here’s a testimonial:
“As a novice to the world of drumming I must admit that when I first started taking lessons I was very intimidated, shy and nervous! I had no idea what to expect, and although I have drummed a little bit here and there over the last 20 years, I never really took it very seriously which did not help my cause!
I tried one other teacher prior to finding Julia and found myself in a cold, concrete room with a textbook instructer and a white florescent light. Again, this did not help me appreciate the art of drumming on my quest to find the right teacher!
I took a break from it, waited a year, and then decided I was not going to let this deter me from finding the right teacher……which is when I found Julia. I think she knew immediately what she was working with and how little I actually knew about drumming. She learned quickly how I am one of those students who is not disciplined well enough with practicing, who always wants to take the path of least resistance,and is the one who wants the most impactful result without learning the path I took to get there.
In a very short period of time I have learned so much! My brain has been completely rewired on several levels. Julia tolerated my little customer quirks, didn’t get too mad when I forgot to practice, and saw that what I really wanted to do was to learn how to enjoy drumming. We concentrated on learning songs I am familiar with and enjoy, always sending me home with the drive to learn more. Each time I hit a wall of difficulty I could not seem to get my head around, I’d talk to her about it and by the end of the next session I was no longer hindered by it. Always making sure that my expectations were met using the most progressive and challenging methodologies. Our one hour sessions always go by too quickly and I find myself perplexed with the amount of knowledge I walk away with…..always able to apply it and advance in my skill sets.
4 months have now passed since I have started my lessons and I find myself excited to see what is next and how far I can actually take this. I have recorded myself on You-Tubed to see what kinds of reactions are out there…….nothing but compliments! When I started 20 lessons ago I could not even hold the sticks properly, today I am proud to be under the tutalage of Miss Cleveland and am well on my way to becomming a Jedi Drummer!
The bottom line is…..even though she’s too modest to tell you this herself, Julia is an amazing drummer, a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and is a very observant human being! Applying all of that talent to your learning experience…….what more could you ask for from any teacher!?!
It is clear to me that I have the right teacher and I highly recommend anyone looking for drumming lessons to learn with Julia.”
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