Keyna Wilkins is a fully qualified music teacher specialising in flute, piano, music theory and composition, beginner to advanced, all ages, all styles, for exam preparation or just for fun, with a passion for helping students achieve their musical potential. She teaches from her home studio in Ashbury, in Sydney's inner west. She is currently offering online lessons as well as face to face lessons. During her 20 years experience she has lectured in music at Bridgwater College (Somerset, UK) for 3 years in composition, theory, music history and aural skills, and taught in primary and high schools including conducting instrumental ensembles and choirs. Being a professional practicing musician in many diverse ensembles, she is well equipped to teach students a range of performance skills from contemporary improvisation to classical technique. She holds concerts at least twice a year at the Flute Tree Studio (Leichhardt) or Polish Club (Ashfield) as well as regular mini-concerts for small groups in her studio, giving her students many opportunities to perform. She has a current Working With Children Check. She is also an experienced piano accompanist for music exams, recitals, auditions, school concerts etc.
In each lesson Keyna involves creative ways of learning pieces, improvisation (in a classical, jazz, blues or latin style), scales (classical and jazz), music theory and playing technique. Keyna is also adept at preparing students for exams and has prepared over 400 students for flute, piano and theory exams over the last 15 years with a 99% success beginner-advanced. She has experience teaching in a variety of exam systems including the AMEB Standard, AMEB Piano for Leisure, ABRSM Classical and Jazz series and the Trinity Guildhall in their Classical and Rockschool series as well as theory exams.
She has presented lecture/workshops twice at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference 2017 "Sky Pieces" and 2019 "Ad Libitum - semi-structured Improvisation at all stages to encourage self-expression" on piano teaching strategies, at MLC Australian Music Day 2019 on "Improvisation as a Catalyst for Composition" and at the Australian Flute Festival 2019 on "Composing for the Flute." Her article Improvisation Should Be A Democracy was published by Limelight, the leading Australian classical music magazine. Her article Music and Astronomy, based on her M Mus thesis, was published by University of Valencia's Revista De Investigacion de Musical (Journal of Musicological Studies, Spain).
2017 MMus Composition @ Sydney Conservatorium supervised by Prof Anne Boyd and Dr Rosalind Page
2008 MA Flute Performance @ Bristol University, UK
2007 Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) @ Bridgwater College, UK
2006 LRSM Flute Performance, UK
2003 BA Mus (Hons) Flute and Composition @ Bath Spa Uni (1st Yr at Sydney Conservatorium, 2nd Yr Jazz Piano Performance at Hildesheim Uni, Germany, 3rd Yr at BSU)
1996 8th Grade Piano + Flute AMEB
15 mins: $25
30 mins: $45
45 mins: $65
1 hour: $80
1996 - continuing: Private flute, piano, theory and composition tuition beginner to advanced, all styles, all ages, exam preparation in the AMEB Classical and Leisure series, ABRSM Classical, Jazz and Rock School series, prepared over 500 students for exams with 99% success rate.
2016-2017: jazz piano teacher at MLC, Burwood
2012: flute teacher at Domremy College (Fivedock)
2010-2012: choir conductor for Just Voices at Parramatta Justice Precinct Precinct
2011: flute/piano teacher for The Music Practice (Surry Hills)
2009: piano accompanist at Sceggs Girls School, Darlinghurst
2009: flute and piano teacher for Fivedock Music School, Sydney
2005 – 2008: flute and piano tutor at various schools around Somerset, UK, for the North Somerset Music Service
2004 - 2007: Associate Lecturer in Music at Bridgwater College, UK (similar to TAFE in Australia)
2001: English language teaching assistant at Hildesheim University, Germany