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 formative 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. During this time, Julia performed in masterclasses with Dr. Victor Shkylar, Dr. Daniel Horn, Tadeusz Majewski, and Nancy Peterson, among others. Her favorite performances have included 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. Currently, Julia is working on a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois.

A Suzuki and traditional piano instructor for over a decade, Julia has been a collegiate guest lecturer and a member of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota (SAM), the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), the American College of Musicians, the National Guild of Piano Teachers (GUILD), and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). An innovative educator, Julia’s most recent professional engagement was to present an interactive lecture on performance anxiety and pedagogy at the 2018 SAA Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, she also presented her graduate research on music performance anxiety at the the Third Annual USF-PAMA Southwest Regional Conference in Tampa, Florida, and the 36th Annual PAMA International Symposium in Orange County, California.

Julia has a long history of performing and teaching with some of her favorite positions being; faculty accompanist and adjunct professor of music at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN; artistic faculty at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN; and staff accompanist at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Grove, MN. When she is not practicing, teaching, or performing, Julia is composing, rearranging, or dreaming about piano music.