Julia Proleiko’s Biography
Teaching Violin Lessons in South City, St. Louis, Mo
Teacher. Musician. Parent.
Julia’s background as a musician began as an infant growing up with an older brother who was an amazing trumpet player. Her earliest memories involve tinkering around on the piano and climbing up high in the closet where her parents kept their 8-tracks. She took piano lessons early on and started violin in a school orchestra program, eventually going on to get a degree in music theory and composition. Her passion has led her from teaching strings in the depths of inner-city USA to teaching language and culture through songs and music in a couple of top schools in China; from busking on the street corners with friends to accompanying students at a local women’s shelter. She has pursued an insatiable curiosity in pedagogy by reading, observing, and training with some of the top pedagogues in the world, not to mention putting her own theories into practice by teaching and home-schooling her own two now (mostly) grown sons.
“From my perspective, studying music isn’t solely for the purpose of becoming a professional musician and should not be limited to those who want to become professional: we are ALL musicians at heart! Some of my previous students have gone on to have a career in music; however, most have gone on to careers in medicine, law, engineering, and computer programming, to name but a few. Music helps teach us the discipline we need to pursue any dream. It provides us with joy as we realize the fruits of our labors, gives expression to our thoughts, and helps us creatively solve problems. Most importantly, music develops the brain in ways that nothing else does and allows us to connect to friend and foe alike, by sharing a uniquely human bond.”