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 Piano Studio in 2012, she delighted in uniting people with just the right piano as a Piano Specialist at Schmitt Music , which was at that time the area's exclusive Steinway dealer. Many of you may also recognize Julia from her days 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 groundbreaking Un-Master Class.

Julia has served as a board member on local, state, and international boards including Kansas City Music Teachers Association, the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, and the Kansas Music Teachers Association.

She has published many 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(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