BMus/BA (University of Melbourne), Cert IV Contemporary Music (NRCA)
Ms. Charles Gray aims primarily to make music fun. Her students learn a mixture of styles and methods, keeping the study of piano interesting and inspiring. Her students progress through technical levels consistent with AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board), or equivalent, standards. She does not, however, require students to sit exams. Charles is comfortable working with any examination syllabus, should the student choose to book for an exam with ANZCA, CPM etc. Her students always work on a blues song. Here they develop aural skills through learning the piece by ear. Also, through learning about taking a blues solo, her students explore improvisation. Her students also explore popular music and jazz. Some of her more advanced students choose to focus on improvisation and contemporary music altogether.
Charles advises that the student has reached a technical level equivalent with grade five AMEB before the student switches entirely to improvisation. Half of her students are adults, some are beginners and some are advanced. She has many adults come to her, who have studied to a high level of classical piano, but have not yet explored improvisation. With these students she enjoys helping to dispel the mystery of improvisation, demonstrating that it is a realisable skill for anyone. Charles holds regular student concerts providing a performance opportunity for students and a goal to work towards for students not sitting exams.
These details were last updated on January 21, 2014