Briggs Piano Studio

Phoenix, AZ

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How does your business stand out?

I have been teaching children and adults how to play the piano for over thirty years and have learned so much during that time. It is so much fun to connect with a student and figure out what it takes to help them learn and love the music they play. This brings them and me much satisfaction. I am always patient and soft spoken as I teach the many important basics of music so necessary for a student to fully learn a piece. I also incorporate fun learning tools such as special music games that help students learn the fundamentals of music in a fun and enjoyable way. At my studio, students play a beautiful baby grand piano, a rare treat.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

What I love most about my job is teaching a student how to perform beautiful music and sharing in the fun they have in accomplishing their musical goals. And, that we are able to do this in beautiful and comfortable surroundings. It is so fun inviting a student into my studio, teaching them how to sit at the piano properly, and then proceeding to introduce the wonderful world of music to them and witness their smiles and giggles as they play a fun piece for the first time. I love teaching the fundamentals of music such as note reading, rhythm and dynamics, and helping students apply what they learn as they study each new piece.
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Phoenix, AZ 85086

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14 Reviews
  • Jessica H. Jul 8, 2016
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Excellent teacher. Very patient and thorough.
  • Silvia R. Dec 24, 2015
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Arnold K. Sep 13, 2015
    Mrs. Briggs has taught me so much in only 3 years of being her student. She made me like music more and more, and I started playing songs far beyond my age level. She taught me theory that helped me so much in my music, and her positive attitude made me want to come every class and learn a new song! – Ben (12 years old) Julie is the nicest piano teacher, truly dedicated to children and their improvement. Our son Ben took lessons with her for three years and got quite good. When Ben wanted to change books and type of songs, Julie was perfectly willing to do so. Julie gently prodded Ben into consistent practicing and he certainly benefitted. Julie’s annual recitals, in which all the kids played a song, were wonderful events. We followed Julie when she moved locally, one town away, even though it doubled our drive. We are sad to see her move across the country and wish her the best in her new adventure. Arizona piano students, you are lucky to have her. -Ben’s family
  • Suma Y. Aug 22, 2015
    It's not easy to find the right piano teacher especially for kids. My son was 4.9 years when he started with Mrs. Julie Briggs. She was so patient with him & she is the most wonderful combination of talent, skill & qualification. Many other pianists we met were some how lacking skills to teach kids on their level of understanding. But, she knows how to teach effectively. She is passionate about music, she encourages them & coach them perfectly. My son was ready in 1.5 months to read his music sheet. In all the things we hoped a music teacher would be, Mrs. Briggs has turned out to be all of them and more. We were planning to continue lessons as long as we can. But it's sad that she is moving. My son is already missing her & keeps telling he likes mrs. Briggs a lot! Parents of Amogh Suma Sandeep
  • Lynn C. Aug 18, 2015
    As an older student with patchy musical background, I found Julie an excellent teacher providing the structure and support I needed to develop & experience some success. I recommend her highly!
  • Francesca F. Aug 15, 2015
    Mrs. Briggs has taught me piano for eight years now. She has really helped me become an independent and skilled piano player whose learned to appreciate the beauty of playing. She has also helped me work through and play quite challenging pieces. Her patience and kindness towards my progress have always kept me motivated.
  • Gigi L. Aug 11, 2015
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Ozlem B. Nov 11, 2012
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Julie and I have had email correspondence before we met and she is courteous and her contact was good. I had my first lesson and everything was good and I have hired Julie on a weekly basis. I would recommend Julie to my family and friends and I will continue to use her service.
  • June B. Oct 19, 2012
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Julie is a great teacher. She is thorough but also wants the student to enjoy playing the piano. My daughter has just started taking lessons with her but really likes it so far.
  • Sowmini V. Sep 15, 2012
    My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Ms Briggs for 7 years now, and enjoys the challenges it offers. We'd had group lessons from other teachers before, but the one-on-one attention provided by Julie is far better- my daughter has come a long way over the last 7 years, and it has been a wonderful and enriching experience for her.
    Julie B. Sep 16, 2012

    Your daughter has worked hard and been a wonderful student. I sincerely hope she continues to practice and progress as she has so far. She is very talented and it's wonderful to see her develop that talent. I have enjoyed being her teacher. Julie Briggs

  • Simon S. Sep 13, 2012
    Our friend recommended Mrs. Briggs for their Piano lessons. We are extremely happy with the progress we see in both our daughters. Mrs Briggs gives a lot of emphasis on counting loud and using the metronome during practice. Thank you for helping my daughters love playing Piano.
    Julie B. Sep 13, 2012

    Thank you for the opportunity of being your teacher. It has been a pleasure. The girls are very talented and work hard. They are ideal students. Julie Briggs

  • Igor B. Apr 29, 2012
    I've been taking piano lessons from Mrs. Briggs for 5 years. I started from no experience at all at the age of 40. I must say that could not have been more impressed, greatful and satisfied with her instructions. She is an excellent piano teacher and finds individual approach for every student. She has students of all ages and my experience has been wonderful. Mrs Briggs is very patient, thoughtful and knowledgable.
    Julie B. Sep 13, 2012

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. You are a wonderful student, and even though very busy with your work at the hospital and at home, you do your best in trying to practice when you have time. I'm so glad you are persistent and never give up. It will pay off in the end as you are able to play Fur Elise for you new baby girl.

  • Elizabeth W. Aug 23, 2011
    Julie Briggs is a professional, kind, and motivating teacher. She shows a love for music and genuine care for her students.
    Julie B. Sep 13, 2012

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • Elena M. Aug 5, 2011
    We have known Julie Briggs for four years and she's been a great piano teacher for our children. Currently, our 11-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter are enjoying learning to play piano from Julie. She really knows how to motivate children to play their best!
    Julie B. Sep 13, 2012

    I love teaching! It's student like these that "make my day." Thank you for allowing me to be their teacher. Julie


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is not complicated, simply $110.00 per month.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I try to stay informed about the best method books to use and new, modern teaching techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started taking piano lessons when I was eight years old. I loved playing the piano and by third grade I knew I wanted to be a piano teacher. Continuing to learn and excel, I was able to study with the renowned Dr. Donald Isaak at Arizona State University while still in high school. During this time, even though very busy with school, and practicing several hours a day, as well as often performing, I started teaching some friends and family members. I enjoyed teaching and the money I was able to earn. Since that time I have given piano lessons to children and adults of all ages and in many different situations, and I think I always will because I love it that much.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach them how to sight read music and understand theory. As well as developing talents in playing by ear. They also learn technique such as scales and arpeggios.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently I held two recitals, each consisting of approximately thirty students, including young children and adults. Most of them performed two pieces, some from memory. It came together beautifully. Students were pleased, and parents were proud.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Contact me and find out about my services for the Phoenix area. Ask about music experience and education. Ask about piano lessons and how I teach, and for referrals. Ask if I teach children and adults and if I teach special needs individuals. Ask what sets me apart from other teachers. Ask what music methods I use and how long the lessons are. Take a music lesson and see how you like it . Ask about the benefits of music study and how you can improve through studying music. Ask about my location, directions, and come to see it.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish customers knew how much I enjoy teaching music and how much fun they could have learning. I believe I have the best profession in the world. It brings so much beauty into people's lives.