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Kathleen Tay

Kathleen Tay


Piano Lessons | Aural Lessons, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: Grade 8 piano - ABRSM, Bachelor of Music
  • Pricing: $50 (per hour), $30 (half an hour)
  • Styles: Classical and Contemporary
  • Suitability: All levels (any age)


I was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for seventeen years. Being in both countries, I have enhanced my knowledge and understanding of both cultures. I have been playing the piano since the age of six.  At the age of 10, I started learning the violin. I am very passionate about music and I love composing. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in composition and took Piano as a secondary performance instrument at the same time, studying under Martin Lodge and Mike Williams at the University of Waikato.

I have taken part in the Te Awamutu Society of Performing Arts Competition, where I achieved third prize in the Romantic Section and first place in the Light Popular section, receiving the Bennett Challenge Trophy in 2016, first place in the Piano Duet class in 2017, and first place in the 20th/21st Century Section and second place in the Romantic Section in 2018.

In 2017, my string quartet composition, Three Folk Tunes for String Quartet was premiered for the OKTA concert – When Flutes Had Words. I was awarded a shared first placing for the Lilburn Trust Composition Awards in the same year for my composition, The Beach House for piano trio along with a Performance Prize. In 2018, I have provided the piano accompaniment for the theatre production, The Chapel Perilous by Dorothy Hewett directed by Gaye Poole at the University of Waikato. The production was also performed at the Clarence Street Theatre for the Toi Wahine Festival.

Teaching Info

I have been teaching privately since 2017. Currently, I am undergoing a Graduate Diploma study in Secondary School Teaching at the University of Waikato. I apply the Alexander technique in piano playing. I would like to help students find suitable approaches to piano playing by using this technique.

Students will also get to learn music theory, aural and musicianship skills and different composition methods. I am also able to tutor students who are doing NCEA Music (Levels 1, 2 and 3).

I believe it is important to instil a love of music at a young age. I am always keen to expose my students to a variety of musical experiences by taking them along to concerts and performances. I believe doing music exams help students to cultivate a form of discipline. I am happy to assist and guide students in preparing their work in order to get a certificate from the associated board exam of their choice. I also encourage my students to take part in competitions when given the opportunity.

More importantly, I want my students to have fun with music!

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