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Student Spotlight Series: Vocalist and Pianist Julia Colucci

Jim Keenan

August 19, 2016

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Joyce Middle School (Woburn, MA) student Julia Colucci started lessons at Real School when she was just five years old and has never looked back.

Fast forward 5 years, and Julia is having fun singing with her ensemble Ticonderoga and creating original a capella music at RealJams Academy, Real School's premier week-long summer and school break week music program. 

The following article is part of our Student Spotlight series, which highlights the stories and experiences of Real School students and their families. 

Vocalist and Pianist Julia Colucci

Like all middle schoolers, Julia Colucci and her family are busy with many after school activities. And while dance and cheerleading are fun, they take a back seat to her music lessons at Real School. 

Julia studies voice with Sharon DiFronzo and is in an ensemble with Josh Rajman. She's also studied piano with Violeta Dontcheva and Bill Doss. 

When asked what it's like to work with Julia, her teacher Sharon DiFronzo was effusive in her praise: "Julia is a complete natural. She was born with gifts that, with nurturing, guidance, practice and determination, could truly take her far as a vocalist and entertainer.

Julia is also a lovable, funny, adorable young lady, giving her a killer combination that sends her over the top as one of my very favorite students. Her parents, mom Anne and dad Michael, are exceptional folks that are filled to the brim with love and support for their children. 

I do believe that the sky is the limit for Julia and that she has what it takes to soar. It would take a small army to stop her from doing what is in her heart, but she will definitely be the one steering the ship!" 

With such strong words of support for Julia and her parents, we were excited to get to know them more and hear their Real School story... 

At what age did you begin music lessons, and where did you start? 

Julia: I started when I was 6 and I've always been at Real School! I've been taking lessons for 5 years now and with the same teacher. 

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Julia: I like the a capella programs best.

What are some of your favorite subjects in school, and what else do you do for fun? 

Julia: In school, I like math and English. Outside of school, I do dance and cheerleading.

How has learning and performing music made a difference for you, and why do you think you do well with it? 

Julia: It definitely has made me feel more confident and it has helped me find a way to express myself. I feel like even outside of the Real School, when I'm not singing in lessons, I'm still singing whether its in chorus theater, or just having fun. 

Do you have any advice for other young musicians? 

Julia: Just practice and try your hardest! 

Straightforward advice! What has been some of your most memorable experiences in music so far?

Julia: My most memorable moment in music was probably being able to sing in front of my parents for the first time.

It's natural for parents to worry when their child is struggling with their lessons, the teacher, or just doesn't seem engaged. They may look at Julia and wonder, 'what's their secret?' What advice do you have for them? 

Anne: Finding a school like the Real School has made a big difference. Julia has learned so much but it has never felt like work because the environment is so energizing and fun.

Encourage them to do what they love, and to work hard to get better at it. Don't worry if they don't follow exactly the path you envisioned for them. As long as they are having fun and doing what gives them joy, the rest will follow. 

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