Achieve your musical goals - big or small!

I welcome every opportunity to share my joy of music with my students in a fun and supportive learning environment



  • Master of Music in Opera, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Music in Opera, University of British Columbia
  • Summer Academy Diplomas, Mozarteum University in Austria
  • Piano & Voice Training, Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary
  • Training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC
  • French Immersion Certificate, Province of Alberta


  • Experienced musician regularly performing and teaching in Vancouver
  • Over 5 years of teaching experience
  • Over 10 years of working with children
  • Considerable experience working with English Language Learners
  • Some experience working with students on the Autism Spectrum
  • Some experience working with students with learning disabilities
  • Experienced musician regularly performing and teaching in Vancouver

Classes Offered

  • Singing (All Levels)
  • Piano (Beginner)
  • Music & Movement
  • Music Theory
We love Julia - she is a fantastic music teacher!
— Mary, mom of 9 year-old piano student

Lesson Information

  • Convenient classes in your home (Vancouver West Side, other areas to be considered)
  • Daytime Lessons (Weekday & Weekends) Available
  • After School Lesson Times Available
  • Private Lessons (one on one) with the option to create your own Semi-Private Group for Singing or Music & Movement


Singing LEssons

  • Recommended for ages 7+
  • Develop confidence in singing while increasing your range
  • Learn to breathe properly to support your sound
  • Learn how to project a clear, healthy singing voice that does not tire easily
  • Work on voice repertoire in classical, musical theatre, folk, or jazz styles
  • Julia has helped many students prepare for auditions, RCM exams, musical productions, talent shows, open mic nights, choir concerts, and even for singing roles in films
  • Piano, Digital Piano, or Keyboard required for the lessons

Piano LEssons

  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Develop musicality and proper piano technique
  • Learn how to play piano with skill, confidence, and enjoyment
  • Work through the Faber Piano Adventures Series
  • Learn to read music on the staff (treble and bass clefs)
  • Julia has worked with beginner students of all ages
  • Piano, Digital Piano, or Keyboard required for the lessons (it is highly recommended to have weighted keys)

Music & Movement Classes

  • Recommended for children 3 to 8 years old
  • Day-time classes available during the week
  • Classes include singing, actions, and creativity!
  • You select the classmates by putting together a small group of your child's friends (can also be done as a private class)
  • Parent participation is required for the first few classes. Following this, parents may enjoy a coffee hour nearby in the home, however each parent is responsible for their own child for the duration of the class.
  • No required equipment, just an open area is needed

Music Theory Classes

  • Recommended for ages 8+ 
  • Available as an add-on to Singing or Piano lessons
  • Increase your lesson time by 15 minutes to add Music Theory
  • Work through the Royal Conservatory of Music Celebrate Theory levels
  • An excellent way for singing students to learn how to read music
I really enjoyed learning practical skills and techniques from Julia which helped improve my confidence in singing, all the while in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
— Tom, 22 year-old singing student & guitarist

Private Lesson RaTES

  • No taxes or travel surcharges
  • Not locked into a fixed number of lessons
  • $45 for a 30-minute lesson
  • $55 for a 45-minute lesson
  • $65 for a 60-minute lesson or for two 30-minute lessons at the same location

PAyment & Billing

  • Payment is due at the end of each lesson
  • Receipts will be given twice per year (June & December)
  • Cash, Cheque, Interac E-Transfers are accepted
  • If you prefer to pre-pay for more lessons at one time, please note that payment will not be refunded, however all lessons will be taught
Julia is so helpful. I had a great time at the lesson today - I feel much more confident about my abilities now!
— Alex, 18 year-old singing student

SeMI-Private Class RaTES

  • For Singing or Music & Movement classes only
  • No taxes or travel surcharges
  • Not locked into a fixed number of lessons
  • 4 Students is $25 each for a 60-minute lesson
  • 3 Students is $30 each for a 60-minute lesson
  • 2 Students is $35 each for a 60-minute lesson


STUDIO Cancellation Policies

  • Lessons are scheduled weekly at the same time. To maintain your weekly time in the studio, each student must take a minimum of 2 lessons each month.
  • It is preferred that parents inform the studio of lesson cancellations as soon as possible. This helps everyone stay organized and allows planning for make-up lessons if desired.
  • A minimum of 24 hours notice are required to cancel a lesson. Failure to do so will result in a charge of the total lesson fee.
  • For cancellations due to illness/emergency, please just let me know ASAP via text message and no lesson fee will be charged unless travel to the location has begun.
  • Please give a minimum of 2 weeks' notice if you'd like to take a hiatus from lessons (ie. summer break) or leave the studio.

A Little Bit About JULIA ROONEY:

I come from a very musical background partly because I just began to sing all the time from the age of three. I loved music classes in preschool so much that I asked for a piano for my fifth birthday. I began taking piano lessons and enjoyed playing and singing at the same time so I asked to join a choir at age 6 and asked for private singing lessons at age 7. Growing up (first in Saskatoon, then in Calgary), I enjoyed competing in local music festivals in classical voice and musical theatre while continuing to play piano and study music theory in the RCM system as well. I decided to make opera my focus in post-secondary education (BMus & MMus, UBC), but continue to enjoy a variety of musical styles and instruments.

Currently, I am an active musician and teacher in Vancouver, a member of the Vancouver Opera Chorus, and have recently been seen performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, UBC Symphony Orchestra, Applause Musicals, Fear No Opera (Victoria), Westben Arts Festival Theatre (Ontario), and the North Czech Philharmonic, as well as on tour across BC with Vancouver Opera in Schools during the 2013-2014 season. My private music studio was officially established in 2015 after teaching on and off for a number of years. In the spring of 2017, I held my first studio recital, which I am excited to say will become a regular semi-annual performance opportunity for my students.