Lona Kozik


I have been teaching piano since I began my undergraduate education in 1995.  While studying piano performance and pedagogy at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, I started teaching piano in local music studios.  I have since taught piano at community schools, conventional schools, universities, including Exeter and Plymouth Universities and Dartington College of Arts, and in my own studio at home.  

I have taught students ranging in age from 3 to 50+.  I have 18 years of experience bringing students to a high level for piano exams (from ABRSM grade one to diploma level), but I am also happy to teach students to play for their own pleasure. While I feel it important to teach certain basic skills to all of my students, I am happy to adapt my teaching style and materials to suit individual preferences.  I aim to provide fun, interesting and lively music lessons.  I teach piano, composition and theory.

I hold dual undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music theory, a doctorate in composition from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a masters degree in performance with an improvisation emphasis from Mills College in California, where I won the Flora Boyd Piano Performance Prize in 2011.  I have studied piano with Richard Veleta, Pavlina Radoslavova and Robert Schwartz; improvisation with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell and Zeena Parkins; and composition with Robert Maggio, Jay Reise, James Primosch and Anna Weesner.

My performance projects have included developing a programme of music by 20th-century American innovators (John Cage, Henry Cowell, George Crumb, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman, Alvin Curran) as well as a programme of the music of Erik Satie featuring Dadaist film, readings and dance.  

I have written music for solo piano (students and professionals) and various ensembles, including the Ten Tors Orchestra led by Simon Ible and the piano duo of Frank Denyer and Catherine Laws. In 2009, my suite of piano etudes, Fast Jump, was issued on the Innova label by the American pianist, Danny Holt, and received favourable critical review.