Known for her playful and passionate teaching style and extensive use of non-musical analogies and insightful stories, Penny is active as a teacher, adjudicator, coach and clinician. A former member of the College of Examiners at The Royal Conservatory, Penny has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Regina Conservatory for the Performing Arts in addition to various community music schools in the greater New York City and Toronto areas.
Penny’s latest workshop entitled, From the Pianist’s Toolbox: Techniques for Effectively Practicing the Music of J.S. Bach (see below) has been presented at various locations around the GTA, including several branches of ORMTA and Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto. Previous adjudication and master class engagements have included the Peel Music Festival, Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival, various branches of ORMTA, The Beckett School at Laurier, The Royal Conservatory and the Regina Musical Club Competition.
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"I enjoyed this presentation. Not only were there many ideas to ponder, but hearing the live performances of Bach's beautiful music was wonderful!" - Leslie Duncan, teacher
"Penny presented a two hour lecture which was both informative and captivating. As a teacher and performer I was able to use the info to benefit both for my students and my own performing practices. I would not hesitate in attending any other future presentations by Dr. Johnson. It was well worth it!" - Anonymous
"Thank you for the informative workshop, it was very inspiring." - Christiane Ermel, teacher
"I really enjoyed this workshop. It presented some approaches that were familiar to me, but several that I found totally fascinating and can't wait to pursue in more detail! Thanks again for the scholarliness and integrity of your research." - Michele Frensch, teacher
"I really enjoyed the workshop, particularly your suggestions to incorporate pictures, architecture, art and your suggestions of how to practise Bach! Thank you for your workshop and moving my teaching to a new level." - J.S., teacher