Julia Rahm has studied and performed repertoire from jazz to folk, and musical theater to opera. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Music and French from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014, and graduated with her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2019. Her biggest reason for teaching is to help students uncover and unleash their own unique blazing fire of talent, expression, depth, charisma and creativity! She believes that music has the power to transform lives and is committed to working with each student not just on the technique and the practicing, but also on the inner challenges of cultivating confidence, trust and authenticity in one’s own singing or playing. Julia loves seeing her students’ lightbulb moments—when something that had been difficult suddenly “clicks!” It also gives her great joy witnessing the power that music has on students’ development and the happiness it brings them to be creative.
She is also currently developing vocal workshops, Collective Voice Healing, which bring people together in groups to experience their own voice as a mindfulness practice. Using collective improvisations, the group is led to release distracting thoughts and become more grounded in our own essential being. Julia serves on the Music Activity Council of the Inayatiyya, a multi-faith community of spiritual seekers who hold music as a central practice for connecting to the Divine. She is also a founding member of The Valkyrie Ensemble, a feminist opera company whose mission is to “empower and promote womxn in and through music” by changing the narrative of old patriarchal storylines, programming works by womxn composers and composers of color, and enlivening the operatic art form for the concerns of new generations. The Valkyries are now holding monthly or bi-monthly Zoom concerts, such as the upcoming “Birthday Girls” concert highlighting the centennial birthdays of composers Clara Schumann, Barbara Strozzi, and Pauline Viardot.
One of her most thrilling musical experiences was playing synth and singing harmonies for the French pop/variety band, Benjamin Swax in Paris, France. She currently is a Core Member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, is Alto Section Leader with the North Shore Baptist Church, and is working on her first self-published book of poetry! And for a more global musical perspective, she is presently taking an Indian raga class with composer Michael Harrison.
"If I could play any other musical instrument, I would love to learn the Indian sarangi! Its sound is so soulful, full of longing and mystery, it just transports me to another world."
I love the way Julia connects with the kids. They get excited to see her each week and love to tell her about their progress. She is patient and kind and it’s clear that she really cares about them. She has helped nurture their love of all things music related! Both of my children have made beautiful progress learning to play piano since starting lessons with her.
My daughter started piano lessons with Lessons By Brooke a couple of years ago. They came highly recommended by a friend. I liked that they came to our house which made our life quite a bit easier. I didn’t expect how much my daughter would love her teacher and playing piano. Liz, our first teacher was so wonderful and motivating. We were sad when she moved out of state but when we met Julia, my kids current teacher I knew it would be a good fit as well. My son (6) started piano about a year ago as well. Both kids have learned so much. The teachers are so patient and sweet. I am also impressed how Julia adjusts her teaching style for my kids. My son needs to be creatively challenged so she will let him compose his own songs sometimes which he loves and keeps his motivation up (he just turned 6 so keeping him interested in piano via zoom is quite a challenge - one that Julia handles wonderfully). My daughter is a perfectionist who gets frustrated when she doesn’t get things right but Julia makes sure she stays on track. Brooke is amazing and quick with scheduling and rescheduling if necessary. She is always on top of everything which is something I really appreciate, especially being a small business owner myself. We miss having Julia here in person of course but given the situation I couldn’t be happier. I wasn’t sure how piano lessons would work via Zoom but if anybody can make it work it’s Julia and Brooke and her team. I highly recommend Lessons by Brooke to anyone!