Piano Teaching

A bit about Charlotte:

Charlotte has been teaching the piano for thirty years and teaches from her studio in Oxford, where she has a thriving private practice. She taught at the Purcell School for eleven years, the University of Hong Kong and HK Academy for Performing Arts and now primarily teaches students from the University of Oxford post-graduates from the London music colleges along with international piano students who come to Oxford to study with her.

Most recently, Charlotte has worked with pianists in masterclasses and individually at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Oxford International Piano Festival and the Verbier Academy, Switzerland. She held intensive piano masterclasses for students at the International Piano Academy, Konz, Germany from 2015-2017 and in September 2018, she gave a talk at the Leeds International Piano Competition on the psychology of performance and competition.

Charlotte is passionate about teaching piano technique and supporting pianists in being physically free and letting go of unnecessary tension, aches and pains when they practice or perform; she has a track record in moving pianists on from tendonitis and other performing related injuries. As an internationally renowned Performance Coach, Charlotte brings an added dimension to her piano teaching, and students will have the benefit of being supported in performance anxiety and many other performing related issues.

Who she teaches:

Charlotte focuses onstudents who are specialising in performance and considering or committed to becoming a professional pianist; school leavers preparing for music college auditions; university students with the intention of doing post graduate studies at music college; music college graduates about to embark on a performing career or established, professional pianists who are looking for on-going support.

She doesn’t teach beginners at all, and only occasionally teaches children who are very keen and committed.

Charlotte loves working with students who are open to new and different ways of teaching, students who are committed to learning and developing, aware that their greatest obstacles are self-imposed and can be transcended with imagination and perseverance. She believes that teaching the piano is just as much about teaching the person as it is teaching music and the instrument.

What students say about her teaching:

 “…the most valuable technical input I have ever had – even after all my years at the Royal College!” – Rob H, professional pianist, graduate of Royal College of Music

“Why travel to London for lessons when you have a top quality London teacher here in Oxford? Having had two years of lessons with Charlotte when I was at Oxford University, I would highly recommend her to any good, committed student!” – Jonathon Swinard, Head of Music, Garsington Opera

She offers students the possibility to:

  • Develop excellent piano technique
  • Foster a love and enjoyment of music and performing
  • Communicate fully through the music and the instrument
  • Use their whole body (not just hands or arms) efficiently and effectively to create rich, powerful sounds with the minimum of effort
  • Relish the process of working in fine detail on a piece of music to meet its technical and interpretive demands
  • Reach international performance standards

Through her holistic approach, a student learns to:

  • Integrate body, mind and emotions as a learner, pianist and performer
  • Let go of unnecessary physical tension, mental and emotional habits that can get in the way of learning and playing at their best
  • Become an adventurous and successful learner through highly creative approaches
  • Light up, grow and advance in their piano playing, seeing how this can positively affect other parts of their life as well.