"Music is my life! Kindermusik is my passion; and children are a major element of that passion! Music has always been a part of my life and I am fulfilled with the prospect of sharing that experience in the Kindermusik classroom. In my efforts to be the best educator I can be I am always seeking new educational opportunities to fine-hone my expertise. After 27 years of teaching the Kindermusik curricula I am still inspired seeing the bright expression of a little one who connects with a song or activity. It is my goal to cultivate a fun musical relationship with my families and guide them in their musical relationships with each other. Many of my Kindermusik graduates choose to stay and study in my voice studio far beyond their Kindermusik experience. The success of those who have grown up in my guidance is a testament to the knowledge and relationships I have cultivated. Please come and join the fun and take advantage of the amazing benefits a Kindermusik experience will give you!"
Julie Stewart has 50 plus years of vocal training and performance experience. She is a graduate of Kent State University, where she studied vocal performance and has a degree in Gifted and Elementary Education with a minor in music. In 1979 she moved from Ohio to North Carolina where she met her husband of 37+ years, Ken.
Julie has been recognized as a Maestro Educator by Kindermusik International eleven times which placed her Kindermusik studio in the top Kindermusik Programs worldwide. In 2019-2020 she is recognized for the eleventh year in a row as a prestigious Maestro in Outreach along with only 15 other educators world-wide out of 5,000.
Julie has studied with renowned vocal coach, Fran Shafter, and continued her study of vocal and choral music through a variety of continuing education avenues. It was Fran who encouraged Julie to teach voice herself. Julie has sung professionally, regionally, and locally in a variety of venues. From Oratorio to Opera to Musical Theatre her experiences have encompassed a wide variety of musical styles and performance mediums. She has sung in Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center; in summer Dinner Theatre and as a guest soloist in area churches.
In the spring of 1992 she began teaching voice to three students and in the summer of 1993 completed her first Kindermusik Workshop with Linda Swears in Winston-Salem, NC. Julie is licensed in all Kindermusik curricula. In 2011 Julie was selected to be part of Kindermusik International's writing team and has been involved in the re-write for digital, teacher's guides for Kindermusik for the Young Child and in the creation of the Digital Curriculum Move & Groove for 4, 5 and 6 year old children. She continues to teach all levels of Kindermusik and private voice to children 8 through adults. Currently with the Covid-19 virus pandemic, Zoom virtual classes and lessons are providing a needed contact.
On a personal note, Julie is extremely proud of her two adult daughters and in love with her grandchildren!