Julia's great passion in life is connecting people with music.
She recently left her position as a Piano Specialist at Schmitt Music to return to her first love: teaching piano.
A certified Simply Music teacher, Julia also holds a masterís degree in piano performance and pedagogy and an undergraduate degree in linguistics. Her studio, Sheer Joy Piano Studio, is located in Overland Park, Kansas. As of April 2013, she is also teaching at Country Club Christian Church at 61st & Ward Parkway on Wednesday afternoons. Lesson times at this second location are extremely limited, so please contact Julia right away to reserve a spot.
For over 25 years, Julia has been an independent music teacher and free-lance accompanist. She has presented workshops on music performance and pedagogy and has judged local and state auditions throughout the Midwest.
Many of you may recognize Julia from her days spent as Director of Development for The Friends of Chamber Music, one of the nationís premier classical music presenters.
Ever active as a volunteer in Kansas City's music community, Julia serves on the board of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, is President of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, and is a past board member of the Kansas Music Teachers Association.
She has published several articles and reviews in Kansas Music Review and American Music Teacher and was the subject of a feature article in Mu Phi Epsilon's journal The Triangle.
In addition to teaching, Julia is available as a consultant and also accepts solo and collaborative performance opportunities as her schedule permits.
ó William Westney, DMA
Originator of The Un-Master Class