Julie Baskinger grew up in the Slinger/West Bend areas of Wisconsin, fully immersed in music education beginning at age four. After years of taking piano lessons with her mother, she continued to study on her own and eventually won two local concerto competitions, attended WSMA State Honors Band as a clarinet player for three years, and took lessons in saxophone, voice, and flute. She also dabbled in jazz band and held roles in several musicals, some of which include Anything Goes, Into the Woods, and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Upon finishing her master’s degree under the tutelage of Dr. Jane Magrath (author of the Masterworks Classics series) Julie earned one of the first coveted internships at the prestigious New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ. Here, she continued her pedagogy studies under nationally renowned pedagogue Marvin Blickenstaff and served as an assistant administrator for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy under Ms. Louise Goss. Before joining Prairie Music & Arts, she also became a licensed Musikgarten instructor. Additionally, she adjudicates annual competitions and festivals for a variety of state and national music organizations.
At Prairie Music & Arts, Julie serves as the Program and Administrative Director. In addition to all levels of piano, she has taught Friends at the Piano, Musikgarten, and clarinet lessons. “I hope each student learns how to dissect and learn a piece of music well on their own at home. Through a series of consistent practice steps, any student can tackle a new piece that piques their interest! My goal is to make sure a student never has a piece of music to play that is too difficult. I feel a student should understand every tempo mark, rhythm, and pattern within a piece so it is enjoyable to learn from the very first day!” In addition to these daily responsibilities, she relishes opportunities to mentor young teachers and help them refine their techniques.
Away from PMA, Julie happily spends her days with her family, especially delighting in raising adopted son, Chase Jayden. When not at school, she is likely exercising, hiking or camping outdoors, hosting epic board-game soirees, binge-watching the BBC, and inventing new and creative recipes.