Julia is dedicated to a high level of teaching. She adheres to the main points of the Suzuki philosophy, including parental involvement, the belief that every child can learn, the mother-tongue approach to learning, and a nurturing, non-judgemental learning environment. She also draws from the methodologies of pedagogues Paul Rolland and Mimi Zweig, from her time with the IU String Academy. She currently maintains a home studio of violinists ages 5 through adult.
Julia Fierova began studying violin at the age of 7 in her native Virginia. She continued her studies in violin and string pedagogy at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the direction of Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig. She then completed a Masters in Violin Performance under Dr. William Terwilliger in Columbia, SC.
Her pedagogy journey began in Virginia, where she completed teacher training for Suzuki Books 1-4 and began teaching lessons and group classes. She later completed her Book 5 training under Ann Montzka Smelser. While at IU, Julia taught with the Fairview Elementary Violin Project, a music program for underprivileged children in Bloomington, IN. She also taught supplemental lessons and coachings with the IU String Academy and Summer String Academy.
While in Columbia, she completed 6.5 years on faculty with Suzuki Strings at USC, maintaining a private studio of students ages 2-16, as well as teaching a variety of group classes and summer camps.
Julia is committed to developing professionally as a teacher and performer. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of America. She enjoys playing various chamber and orchestral concerts throughout the Carolinas. In 2011, Julia attended the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, where she met her husband, a horn player with the Charlotte Symphony. In 2016 she returned to Indiana University for the Retreat for Violin & Viola Teachers, where she was able to learn from Mimi Zweig, Rebecca Henry, James Przygocki, Sherry Sinift, Elizabeth Zempel, and Dr. Brenda Brenner.