Caroline Penwarden

Caroline P.

Oakland, CA

About Caroline P.

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Caroline teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2007
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Overview

Caroline Penwarden holds an MA in Music Composition from Mills College, a Certificate in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Institute, and has been playing piano for over 30 years. She has trained in both Orff and the Suzuki teaching methods, and works with both children and adults in dance and music classes.

She is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer with a broad range of experience, and a special interest in film and dance scoring. Her work spans from pieces for jazz bands, rock bands and folk bands, to experimental vocal ensemble works, to pieces that combine music and movement, to chamber music, electronic music and sound-scapes.

Her teaching style draws from this varied background and from training in classical piano, jazz, electronic music and African music. In working with students, she values a gentle and structured approach for developing good technique/tone and nurturing creative exploration/expression.

http://carolinepenwarden.com/

Experience

Piano Teacher

Aug 2013 - Present
Self Employed

Piano Teacher

May 2011 - Aug 2013
Freelove Music School

Piano Teacher

Jan 2007 - Apr 2011
Piedmont Piano Company

Education

MA Music Composition

Sep 2005 - May 2007
Mills College

BA Philosophy, minors in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology

Sep 1987 - Jun 1992
UC Davis

Certifications

Orff Level 1

Jul 2006
Northern California American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Releasing creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom, Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman conceived an approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama.

Suzuki book 1

Jul 2005
Suzuki Piano Summer Institute - Holy Names College

"All Children Can" is the great quote of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki that encompasses the main idea of his philosophy. With the Suzuki Method, young children learn with their senses, with the love and support of their parents and teacher, and to play to the highest levels.

Film Scoring

Jun 2005
Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Institute

The art, craft, and business of music for film and other media in a two-week seminar with 2 time Emmy Award winning composer/arranger Hummie Mann, other veterans of the industry, and a group of students from around the world and around the music industry.

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6 Reviews on Caroline P.

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Wbj Jul 31, 2016
Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Caroline for 8 years. Caroline uses a mix of teaching techniques and music to keep my daughter interested and learning. Caroline places emphasis on learning each piece thoroughly including proper dynamics and phrasing before moving to the next piece. I highly recommend Caroline as an instructor.
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Grant Jul 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Caroline is a wonderful teacher for kids (my kids) and adults (me). While beginning with basics through the Suzuki method, she adapts her lessons to the interests of her students, and seeks to build a love of music rather than creating so much pressure to be a concert pianist that students rebel. An example of this is that the students don't have formal recitals, but "sharings" with other students or parents and students, in small groups of 4-7 or so. These are preceded by games where all present, including parents, participate in a fun game where we warm up our memories and senses of rhythm. Much less pressure than a traditional recital! Caroline is a very patient teacher and helps her students get through challenging pieces in a very encouraging way. She urges her students to practice regularly but understands that life sometimes gets in the way. She's taught my daughter some current pop songs and is helping me learn jazz songs, on the road to improvisation. I recommend Caroline very highly!
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Catherine Jul 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Excellence, patience, and sensitivity to each student's unique capabilities define Caroline's teaching style. Because of her ability to build rapport, she has become a trusted coach/muse/inspirer for our preteen daughter. Her respect for steadiness and her own creative musicianship infect her students.
I cannot recommend her enough.
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Catherine Jul 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Excellence, patience, and sensitivity to each student's unique capabilities define Caroline's teaching style. Because of her ability to build rapport, she has become a trusted coach/muse/inspirer for our preteen daughter. Her respect for steadiness and her own creative musicianship infect her students.
I cannot recommend her enough.
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Denise Jul 12, 2016
Piano · In home
My two daughters, ages 9 and 12, have been taking piano lessons with Caroline for over 4 years. She's a great teacher who has taught them good technique and they've advanced a lot with her. They've also had a lot of fun with Caroline and have played a great variety of piano music, from classical to Star Wars and Harry Potter. I highly recommend Caroline!
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Sonya Jul 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
My daughter has taken lessons with Caroline for a few years now and really enjoys working with her. She is a wonderful teacher and has always been motivating and kind.