Instructors at Julie’s Piano Workshop It’s so important to find the right fit between teacher and student. Our staff offers a variety of perspectives. Our highest priority is to provide the best instruction possible to allow each student to express his or her true voice.You are invited to schedule a visit and complimentary mini-lesson with one of our teachers at any time of the year.
Julie Cook’s music journey began as a five-year-old at the piano with her father and continued to include exploration of piano-playing and composition with freelance teachers, then study at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Since 1983, her studio, Julie’s Piano Workshop, in Newtown and Woodbury, Connecticut, has been the main vehicle through which she has shared her love of music.
In 2009 she became a certified facilitator of Music for People, an organization that promotes an improvisational approach to music. She has found that encouraging students to express their inborn creativity through improvisation is wholly compatible with teaching note-reading and good technique. She also supports students who develop an interest in musical composition, an activity that synthesizes many elements of their music education.
Julie is a facilitator of a variety of workshops for musicians and non-musicians, including Music: A Path to Wholeness, Rhythms of Life, and Sing From Your Heart. She is available to give talks and workshops to piano teacher groups that are interested in transforming the way they teach through improvisation.
Irina Virovets has taught piano professionally for twelve years. She joined the staff of Julie’s Piano Workshop in 2006. She also served as accompanist for an a cappella choir for seven years. Irina studied piano in Moscow, Russia. She holds degrees from the Moscow Technological University and the Russian Academy of Theater Arts in Moscow.
Irina receives great satisfaction from guiding her students to develop their piano playing skills. It is her special privilege to see them grow into the musicians they are meant to be.
Meg Thomas began her career in music at age six at the Music School of Frederich Chopin in Bialystok, Poland. There she studied music theory, classical piano and voice. Meg went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Stefania Sempolowska Teacher’s College. She worked as an elementary school music teacher for several years in Poland before emigrating to the United States in 1986. Meg has been teaching at Julie’s Piano Workshop for the past 6 years. She loves teaching piano to her students and hopes to pass her love and appreciation for music onto a younger generation.
Henry Church gives instruction in piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele to kinder garten age students through adults at the Sandy Hook studio. Henry earned his B.F.A. Degree in classical guitar performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he also studied jazz. He has 30 years of experience teaching students at prep schools and other locations throughout the area, in addition to performing at public and private functions. He played the Tedesco Concerto with the Danbury Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
Henry resides on a family farm in Watertown where sheep, chickens, rabbits, and dogs also make their home. He’s happy to expand the studio’s curriculum by offering guitar lessons in Newtown as well as his other instruments of expertise.