Miss. Julia Clearman

Piano Teacher

Julia Clearman

SAA Member


Andover, MN
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Now a seasoned Suzuki alumnus, Julia Clearman began studying Suzuki piano at the age of five under the direction of Nancy Daley through the Suzuki program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. It was during these years of study that Julia discovered a deep love for classical piano repertoire and a passion for performing with excellence. While there, Julia performed for the MacPhail Honors Recital and the Suzuki Association of Minnesota (SAM) graduation recitals.

After completing her Suzuki lessons, Julia continued her studies at the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts under prominent teacher, Dr. Paul Wirth. Also during this time, Julia performed in classes with Dr. Victor Shkylar, Dr. Daniel Horn, Tadeusz Majewski, and Nancy Peterson, among others. Her favorite performances include works by Barber, Brahms, and Schubert, and when she toured extensively as a pianist with the Northwestern Choir; in addition to touring the upper Midwest as a solo performer.

Passionate about teaching excellence in music, Julia has studied piano pedagogy under internationally known Suzuki teacher Mary Craig Powell, Caroline Fraser, Fay Adams, and Dr. Richard Lange. Currently, Julia is registered in Suzuki Pedagogy, Levels 1-6, through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Additionally, her training includes a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, MN, and a Master of Arts in Psychology for Musicians from the University of Sheffield, UK.

A Suzuki piano instructor for 13 years and individual instructor for 15 years, Julia has been a collegiate guest lecturer; a member of Suzuki Association of Minnesota (SAM), Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), American College of Musicians, National Guild of Piano Teachers (GUILD), and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). A dynamic educator, Julia teaches to inspire students to achieve mastery of music and performance by cultivating a deep love for classical repertoire through intentional community developed through interpersonal relationships founded in the instruction of music.