Joanna – Piano
Brighton, Hove, and Sussex
BA (Hons) Music 2:1, MA Music, (Contemporary composition & composing for film & media), PGCE Secondary Music , Grade 5 Music Theory, Grade 8 Piano ABRSM
Joanna graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with a BA (Hons) Music degree in which she developed a huge interest in composition, world music and jazz, taking up private jazz piano lessons in addition to her classical studies. She performed as part of the ARU Jazz Ensemble throughout her degree and accompanied jazz vocalists, broadening her knowledge of jazz standards.
She later went on to pursue her passion for Composition and composing for film and media, graduating from Sussex University with an MA in 2007. She also played keyboard as part of the university’s 21st Century Ensemble and, along with this ensemble, premiered and performed in a number of her compositions at varying venues including the SoundWaves Festival, Brighton.
Her love of working with children as a private piano teacher since 2005 then led her to take a PGCE course in Secondary Music at Bath Spa University which she completed in 2008. She has since worked in different schools both in the UK and overseas, teaching children of varying ages and abilities. Her main experience has has been in the Primary Sector (EYFS up to Year 6) but, as a trained Secondary teacher, has also worked with children up to A-Level. Within these roles, she has directed choirs, accompanied children in concerts and exams, and written short arrangements for various ensembles.
Along with her work in education, she continues to compose and was a part of a collaboration with a DJ forming a band called ‘Hidden Park’ whilst living in Barcelona, Spain.
Joanna has a passion for working with children and young adults and believes that music should be an essential part of their lives, aiding their social and cognitive development significantly. It is also a means of self-expression and for some, therapy; this is something that she tries to put across and enhance in both her work as a classroom music teacher and private piano teacher.