Naomi Kayayan

Naomi is currently pursuing research which explores relational pedagogy and the ‘dynamics of dynamic teaching’ in conservatoire piano departments.

Naomi Kayayan

Naomi is interested in the creation of new pedagogical models deriving from collaborative interactions between student and teacher expertise. Confronting hierarchies and master/apprentice models in favour of embracing dynamic ways of thinking about teaching underpin Naomi’s work. Through an exploration of engaging students and teachers as partners (SaP), Naomi’s research aims to challenge what we currently understand about teaching, learning and knowledge exchange in conservatoire piano departments.

Aligning with her PhD research, Naomi is frequently invited to give piano masterclasses which embrace the concept of relational pedagogy and SaP to facilitate co-created, dynamic learning communities.

Naomi is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on the Postgraduate course in instrumental teaching at the University of Chichester. Additionally, she teaches at Sedbergh School in Cumbria and maintains a thriving private practice. She is a visiting tutor at the Junior RNCM and also teaches on the RNCM Pathfinders Initiative. Her work for ABRSM in the UK and overseas encompasses examining, presenting, piano syllabus development and mentoring on professional development courses.

After completing a BMus at the RNCM, Naomi was awarded Distinction for an MA in Music Education Research at the University of Reading. Further postgraduate studies in Performance Pedagogy then followed at the Guildhall School. After 10 years teaching at the RNCM and 17 years at Junior RNCM, Naomi took the role of Head of Keyboard at an International School in China where she established a conservatoire progression programme and partnerships with leading institutions in the UK and USA. Over the last 15 years, she has delivered instrumental teacher training courses and given presentations on piano pedagogy throughout the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Naomi has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her contribution to music education and international relations.


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