Teaching Artist Statement
“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”
- Scott Hayden
Learning an instrument teaches life skills of commitment, perseverance, dedication, focus, organization, and expression. As an educator and performer, I assist students with their desire to learn an instrument and participate in music as an individual and/or with an ensemble. Lessons include exercises, etudes, and concepts, specific to each student. Whether it’s their first scale or a college audition piece, there is great satisfaction and enjoyment when a student shows progress and successfully demonstrates a new skill. A student’s experience on an instrument helps develop a lifelong appreciation and understanding of the arts.
Julienne Thornell, trombone, received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hartwick College, and her Master of Education from UMASS Boston. Julienne is a certified music educator with over 20 years of experience, and continues to pursue professional development opportunities in music education. She began working in area public schools in 1996, and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Hanover Middle School. She has received a Plymouth County Education Association Honor Award and an award from Hanover’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Julienne has taught privately since 1996, and many of her students have been accepted to All-State, District, and SEMSBA. She joined South Shore Conservatory’s brass faculty in 2013.
Julienne is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), the Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association (SEMSBA), and Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.
Trombone and low brass instructor Julienne Thornell performs regularly with area theaters, orchestras, brass quintets, jazz ensembles, and a Disco/Funk tribute band. Her playing experience has included performances with Longwood Symphony, Quincy Symphony, Hingham Civic Orchestra, The Company Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Metropolitan Wind Symphony, United Brass Quintet, South Shore Concert Band, and numerous local theater performances.
Some of Julienne’s earliest performance experiences were at SSC’s Summer Music Festival during junior high school, and with the Summer Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble during high school. She joined the South Shore Conservatory’s brass faculty in 2013.