Studio Information

About Ocean Park Piano

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.

creating a life-long love of music

Athena Murray

About The Instructor

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.

Passionate About Music Education

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

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Studio Environment

Learning Environment

At Ocean Park Piano, I strive to create an environment that is conducive to learning and that nurtures each students’ unique talents and abilities. As an educator, my goal is to create a culture of acceptance where every student feels safe and comfortable to be their authentic selves.

Facilities and Resources

Students learn on quality instruments that are well maintained, including upright and grand pianos. This allows for ensemble playing, teacher demonstrations, and duets. Students are provided with a well-rounded musical education that includes recital performances, studio classes, music festivals, and Royal Conservatory of Music exam preparation.
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!
Xindan Jia

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Simon Wu, RPT

Registered Piano Technician
Simon is a highly skilled and factory trained Concert Piano Technician with more than 30 years of experience in tuning, repairs, voicing, regulation, and troubleshooting of all issues that may arise with your piano. Simon works with each individual client to make sure that their piano sounds it’s absolute best!
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