Located in her south-Ajax home, Julia's piano studio is a welcoming and relaxed place for students to come to. The studio kitty mascots - Milo and Myndee - welcome students of all ages and, invariably, children who have arrived with a fear of cats have finished the year's lessons with a "see you in September" pat or hug for Milo and Myndee.
The studio is equipped with a midi centre and lots of music-learning software. Students usually play on "Mrs. Pugsley", the 1928 Heinzman grand piano (a wedding present in 1928 to the original owner from her father), but can also record performances on the studio's other keyboard instrument - a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano. Two other favourite studio "things" are the minitrampoline (for steady-beat and gross-motor coordination development) and cozy waiting area.
"Mrs. Pugsley" dressed up for Hallowe'en
"Contrary to common belief, beginners are NOT the easiest to teach - good, relaxed playing technique rarely comes naturally at first, and at best, bad habits can limit a student's future achievement far more than lack of talent. At worst, they can cause injury. "
$25 per half-hour - including parent&child lessons for young beginners
$35 per 45-minutes - appropriate for teens/adults & RCM grades 2 and up
$50 per hour - appropriate for "keen" teens/adults & RCM grades 5 and up