Teaching Experience:

I have taught the piano for several years, predominantly in London and latterly in the South-West of England. I have a very broad teaching experience which has encompassed private and peripatetic teaching in both the independent and state sectors at primary, secondary, further education and higher education levels.

I teach the piano from my home and also give online lessons via Zoom – something which has proved remarkably successful during 2020.

From 1989-1995 I was a peripatetic teacher for the London Borough of Bromley, teaching at primary and secondary schools within the borough.
From 2000-2002 I was a Tutor in Music (Piano/Theory) for Sutton Adult Education College, teaching small groups of students and giving lecture-recitals.
I was a visiting Piano Teacher at Old Palace School, Croydon (independent status) between 2003-2004, teaching girls between the ages of 11 and 18.
I taught the Piano at Glenthorne High School in Sutton (Specialist Arts College) from 2004-2005.
I was an external Tutor for Roehampton (University of Surrey) in Piano, Theory, Harmony and History from 2002-2005.
I was a part-time Music Lecturer at Strode College, Street from 2008-2010, which involved teaching the Piano to students aged 16-19 and accompanying instrumentalists and singers for the A-level course, within the college and in public concerts.
I was a visiting piano teacher at Sherborne Preparatory School in Dorset from 2006-2016.
I currently have a private teaching practice in Yeovil, South Somerset.
I am passionate about teaching the piano and derive tremendous satisfaction from teaching a wide variety of students from different cultures and backgrounds.

Although I am Classically-trained, I play and teach many different styles of music and am always happy to explore diverse repertoire with my students.

Although my starting point is always the individual student, my methods are largely based on the teachings of Tobias Matthay.

I teach the piano on a one-to-one basis, to children and adults of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced standard. Whilst I am happy to teach all levels, I particularly enjoy teaching higher-level students, those of Grade 8 or Diploma standard (teaching or performing) or pianists aspiring to study at one of the major music conservatories or universities.

I regularly prepare candidates for Associated Board (and Trinity, where required) Practical, Theory and Musicianship examinations, routinely achieving Distinctions. I also prepare pupils for piano competitions and have achieved consistently high results with many first prizes. I actively encourage performance and my pupils have taken part in piano competitions in London, Bristol and Taunton and local Young Musician competitions, where several have been prize-winners. For instance:

At the 2017 Taunton Festival of the Arts, my pupils were placed first in 8 classes, all of them achieving Distinctions.
At the 2018 Taunton Festival of the Arts, my pupils were placed first in 4 classes, with several in second place. During the same week, at the Stoke sub Hamdon Music Festival, one of my youngest pupils won the top award in her category.
In the summer of 2018 five of my pupils achieved high Distinctions at various levels in their Associated Board piano exams.
At the 2019 Taunton Festival of the Arts, three of my pupils came first, two were placed second, nine were awarded Distinctions and the youngest, aged 7 years-old, was presented with the top trophy for the most promising pianist in the whole competition. This pupil also won the highest award at the Stoke sub Hamdon Festival for the second year in a row.
In the 2020 Taunton Festival of the Arts, three of my students were placed first in their classes, one was placed second and eight were awarded Distinctions for their playing.
In December 2020, five of my students, four children and one adult achieved high Distinctions at all grades.

I would say that I am a traditional teacher with methods which get results. I can rapidly identify the strengths and weaknesses in a student’s playing and know how to solve technical and musical dilemmas.

I have prepared many GCSE and A-level students for the performance element of their exams, solo and ensemble work as well as composition. At Sherborne Preparatory School, I prepared many pupils for scholarships to senior schools.

I am capable of teaching the piano at the very highest level. I have taught many pupils of Grade 8 level and beyond and have prepared them for admission to university and music colleges. I have taught the advanced piano repertoire for a number of years, including the study of concerti and the preparation of students for the ABRSM Performer’s Diploma. Some of my former pupils are now successful teachers.

I also teach the piano duet repertoire (1 and 2 pianos), which has included Milhaud’s Scaramouche, the Poulenc Sonata and works by Ravel, Debussy, Faure, Bizet, Schubert, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninov, Walton and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Get in touch with me

I look forward to hearing from you!

07780 596074

info@carolinewallisnewport.co.uk

(Face-to-face and online piano lessons)

Contact

07780 596074

info@carolinewallisnewport.co.uk