Julie M. Cook
Julie Cook‘s Piano studies began at the age of five with Nancy Olson of New Britain; she continued studying technique and piano literature under Merrill Doucette at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford as well as with other distinguished private teachers, and composition instruction with Lauren Keiser.
In 1983 she opened Julie’s Piano Workshop, which has opened the world of self-expression through piano playing to many hundreds of students. In 2009 she became a certified facilitator of improvisation through Music for People, an organization dedicated to aiding anyone to easily and joyfully make music. Julie encourages her students to express their unique creativity through simple improvisation techniques and she supports students who develop an interest in musical composition.
Since 2008, Julie has led group music-making workshops for adults, making music accessible through easy-to-play instruments, songs, and group participation. Workshops she has given at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Waterbury Uconn campus include: Music for Health and Well-Being; The Music – Poetry Connection; and Good Vibrations for Health and Happiness.
Julie has also led workshops in vocal improvisation at events held by Music for People, including Vocal Capers: Sing-Move-Story, co-led with Thomasina Levy, at the online Art of Improvisation event in August, 2021.
She has composed pieces for piano, flute, voice, and several pieces for the Woodbury-based women’s a cappella chorus Femina Melodia.