Ocean Park Piano was founded by Helga Murray in 2003. For the past 20 years, the studio has provided exceptional musical education to the community. As of Helga’s retirement in 2022, Athena Murray has taken over the full-time teaching position at the studio. It is with the same dedication to excellence and commitment to student learning that Athena Murray passionately continues the Ocean Park Piano tradition.
Athena Murray is a talented and well-rounded musician who resides in the South Surrey area. She began her musical journey at a young age studying piano. During her time as a student, Athena had the privilege of studying under Cheryl Finn and renowned Vancouver pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa. As well as dedicating her time to piano, Athena also developed a love and talent for the flute. After graduating from high school, Athena went on to attend the University of British Columbia where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Orchestral Music Performance.
During her time at university, Athena was a proud member of the UBC Symphony Orchestra as well as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Athena participated in numerous masterclasses during her time at UBC and performed in front of guest artists such as Joanna G’Froerer, Amy Porter, and Catherine Ransom Karoly. This period of Athena’s musical education helped to shape her into not only a skilful solo artist but also a well-rounded collaborative musician who is well versed in many musical styles.
Over the years, Athena has dedicated her time to learning techniques and strategies to become an inclusive, positive, and effective educator. Athena believes in creating a safe and welcoming environment that is tailored to each and every student’s individual needs. She works to support and guide students to reach their personal goals and inspire a love of music
My daughter enjoyed her piano lessons with Athena very much! Athena supported her to achieve often challenging goals step by step, with plenty of encouragement, and patience.
From choosing the right pieces, to teaching critical knowledge, and improving technique, Athena always ensured the process was well planned and efficiently instructed.
We feel very lucky to have such a kind, caring, and skilled piano teacher like Athena!
Lessons must begin and end at their scheduled times.
Students are responsible for attending lessons punctually; late arrivals cannot be extended.
Siblings and friends are not permitted during lessons to minimize distractions.
Parents are welcome as quiet observers during lessons.
An acoustic piano in good working condition and properly tuned is essential for effective learning.
Sub-standard instruments may hinder the development of proper technique.
Students are allowed up to two make-up lessons for missed lessons during the academic year.
Make-up lessons should be scheduled and completed before the end of June of the academic year.
In case of sickness, please keep the student at home. Sick students miss one lesson, while a sick teacher may result in multiple missed lessons.
Students feeling unwell may opt for lessons on Zoom instead of attending in person.
Yes, students taking Royal Conservatory Examinations must submit examination fees to the Royal Conservatory of Music.
The fees vary based on the subject and grade of the examination.
Yes, it is highly encouraged to continue lessons during the summer for a minimum of six weeks.
Summer lessons help maintain technique and progress, ensuring consistency in the learning process and minimizing practice routine disruptions.
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