Carolyn Schofield

  • Bachelor of Music (Honours) - University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) - University of Melbourne
  • Diploma of Music (Practical) - University of Melbourne
  • Licentiate of Music Australia (L.Mus.A)
  • Associate of Music Australia (A.Mus.A)
  • Currently completing Ph.D: Doctor of Philosophy (Interactive Composition) - University of Melbourne

Currently taking enquiries for new students on mornings and afternoons from Monday to Thursday.

I am an experienced pianist, violist, violinist, electronic musician, composer and DJ who is passionate about making music fun and rewarding for students. I have been playing piano since I was four years old and obtained my Licentiate of Music in piano at 14 years of age. I also teach theory, musicianship, composition, music history and aural studies, which I incorporate into piano lessons but can also teach separately. I hold multiple diplomas in piano performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, where I majored in composition for my Honours degree and received multiple scholarships and awards for my work. I am currently completing PhD research in 'Interactive Composition' at the University of Melbourne, and I also teach composition and music theory at the university. Since beginning this research I mainly focus my time on music composition and performance, but I am continuing to teach a smaller cohort of piano students.

I aim to motivate students by making music lessons enjoyable while setting achievable goals, and in doing so I ensure that students are continually progressing in their technical skills and musicality. I'm easy-going, patient, friendly and great with kids, while I strive to help students reach their full potential. I have ensured excellent results for all my students undertaking AMEB exams in piano and theory. I will always tailor lessons to what’s best for each individual student, depending on their abilities, tastes and aspirations. While I comfortably play and teach all styles, I want the music that we play to be as relevant as possible in the 21st century, not out-dated or boring. I teach some students electronic music composition if they are so inclined!

In my time away from the piano, I most enjoy making electronic music, composing and performing my own music. I love listening to music from all over the world, particularly African, Brazilian and Latin music, but I also love soul, rock, indie, jazz, experimental and electronic music. On the piano I love to improvise or play the music of the impressionists, late-Romantics and more contemporary composers. Music to me is about being expressive, authentic, having fun and getting in touch with our deeper selves and those around us!

Eltham North, VIC


Details last updated: February 9, 2024