Julie Cook’s music journey began as a five-year-old at the piano with her father and continued to include exploration of piano-playing and composition with freelance teachers, then study at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Since 1983, her studio, Julie’s Piano Workshop, in Newtown and Woodbury, Connecticut, has been the main vehicle through which she has shared her love of music.
In 2009 she became a certified facilitator of Music for People, an organization that promotes an improvisational approach to music. She has found that encouraging students to express their inborn creativity through improvisation is wholly compatible with teaching note-reading and good technique. She also supports students who develop an interest in musical composition, an activity that synthesizes many elements of their music education.
Julie is a facilitator of a variety of workshops for musicians and non-musicians, including Music: A Path to Wholeness, Rhythms of Life, and Sing From Your Heart. She is available to give talks and workshops to piano teacher groups that are interested in transforming the way they teach through improvisation.