Julia Scherer

Julia Scherer's great passion in life is connecting people with music.

A certified Simply Music teacher, Julia also holds a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy and an undergraduate degree in linguistics. Her studio, Sheer Joy Piano Studio, is located in Overland Park, Kansas. She has been an independent music teacher and freelance accompanist for over 30 years and has presented workshops on music performance, pedagogy, and technique and has judged local and state auditions throughout the Midwest.

Prior to opening Sheer Joy, she delighted in uniting people with just the right piano as a Piano Specialist at Schmitt Music. Many of you may also recognize Julia from her days spent as Director of Development for The Friends of Chamber Music, one of the nation's premier classical music presenters.

After completing graduate studies with William Westney, she spent four years working as his assistant, helping refine and publicize his popular Un-Master Class.

Julia currently serves on the International Executive Board of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity and has served on the boards of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association and Kansas Music Teachers Association.

She has published many articles and reviews in Kansas Music Review, American Music Teacher, and Mu Phi Epsilon's journal The Triangle and was the subject of a feature article in the latter publication (see Publications).

In addition to teaching, Julia is available as a consultant and also accepts solo and collaborative performance opportunities as her schedule permits.


Julia is the sort of teacher everyone dreams of — a combination of spirited intelligence and genuine empathy. She is articulate, deeply musical, and always an energetic font of creative ideas.

—William Westney, DMA
Originator of The Un-Master Class