Julia West graduated summa cum laude with a Master's degree in Keyboard Performance and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. As a graduate student, Julia served as a Teaching Fellow in the Keyboard Division, in addition to work as a Research Assistant in the area of Musicology. As an undergraduate, Julia studied piano with Stephen Harlos, pianist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Grammy nominated classical pianist Petronel Malan. Through the completion of her Master's degree, she studied harpsichord with Lenora McCroskey, founder of the harpsichord program at the Eastman School of Music and former student of the legendary harpsichordist and organist Gustav Leonhardt. Julia has studied abroad at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she completed coursework in Orff-Schulwerk creative methods in music education. In summer of 2010, Julia was one of twenty-five in the nation to be selected and awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for study at the J.S. Bach Institute in Germany.