Located in her central-Ajax home, Julia's piano studio is a welcoming and relaxed place for students to come to. The studio feline mascots - Myndee and Milo - welcome students of all ages and, invariably, children who have arrived with a fear cats have finished the year's lessons with a "see you in September" pat for the kitties.
The studio is equipped with a Mac computer and lots of music-learning software. Students usually play on "Mrs. Pugsley", the 1928 Heinzman grand piano (named after the original owner and given to her by her father as a wedding present in 1928), but students can also record performances on the studio's other keyboard instrument - a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano. Two other favourites are the minitrampoline (for steady beat and co-ordination exercises) and the "ultra comfy sofa of doom", a favourite napping spot for at least one parent/student sharing back-to-back lesson blocks.
"Mrs. Pugsley" dressed up for Hallowe'en