JulieAnne Bennett began playing the violin at just 6 years of age, under the tutelage of Deborah Menick at the Ashley River Creative Arts Suzuki Strings Program in Charleston, SC. During her childhood, JulieAnne studied under teachers such as the late Starr Ward, director of the Florence-Darlington Strings, and Ashley Horvat, the associate concertmaster of the SC Philharmonic.
JulieAnne currently studies violin under Dr. William Terwilliger, and she will graduate from the University of South Carolina School of Music a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance in Spring 2017. During her time at USC, JulieAnne performed in the USC Chamber Orchestra, USC Symphony, and Opera at USC. She also has played in various professional orchestras, including the Brevard Philharmonic, the Long Bay Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony. During the summers, she pursued additional musical training at summer institutes such as the Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park, Colorado, and the Vianden Summer Music Festival in Luxembourg. She has performed in master classes for violinists such as: Rob Moose, violinist of yMusic and Bon Iver; Daniel Chong, violinist of the Grammy award-winning Parker String Quartet; and Vadim Gluzman, one of the preeminent soloists of the 21st century.
One of JulieAnne’s greatest passions is expanding her knowledge of string methods and pedagogy in order to meet her students’ needs. In June 2105, JulieAnne travelled to Fairfax, Virginia, where she received instruction in Paul Rolland String Pedagogy. In the summer of 2016, JulieAnne completed training in Suzuki’s Every Child Can! and Unit 1 Teacher Training Courses at the North Carolina Suzuki Summer Institute. Additionally, she is working to earn her certificate in the course Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation offered by Northwestern University. JulieAnne plans to continue constantly pursuing education opportunities to improve her abilities as a teacher.
Another of JulieAnne’s passions is expanding her knowledge and training in the Alexander Technique. After experiencing pain and injury during her college years, she sought out methods to improve posture, alignment, and overall body usage and awareness while playing the violin. JulieAnne completed a Maymester course on the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping at the University of South Carolina in May of 2015. While in Fairfax, Virginia, she also participated in exploratory group and private lessons in the Alexander Technique. In Spring 2016, she completed an independent study in the Alexander Technique with Professor Laury Christie. Once she graduates from USC, JulieAnne aspires to pursue the 3 year teacher training to become a certified Alexander teacher herself. It is her hope that she can use her own experience and insight to help her future students to prevent pain and injury.
All in all, JulieAnne’s greatest belief is that every student comes to take music lessons with a unique perspective, circumstance, and set of skills. Thus, there is no single approach to teaching which can meet the needs of every student. JulieAnne has made it her goal to constantly evolve as a teacher and encourage the unique musician in every person that walks through the door. Most importantly, JulieAnne believes in the value of music as part of the human experience. As Shinichi Suzuki famously said, “Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” In this way, JulieAnne is inspired to use music as a way to connect people and communities so we can, together, create a better world.