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Naomi Kayayan
Pianist, Pedagogue and Researcher

Naomi has over 20 years of experience teaching in settings from primary schools through to conservatoires and has established a musical career which has taken her all over the world. She approaches her teaching with enthusiasm and an authentic desire to bring out the best in her students and colleagues. Naomi teaches at Sedbergh School in the beautiful Lake District of the United Kingdom. She is a visiting tutor in piano at the Junior Department of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and a lecturer on the postgraduate courses in instrumental teaching at the University of Chichester.

As an experienced examiner for ABRSM, Naomi has worked extensively throughout the UK, Asia and Europe. She has also been a mentor to the professional development department at ABRSM and delivered their instrumental teacher training courses throughout Asia. Naomi has held the position of Director of Music at three independent schools in the UK in addition to a variety of piano teaching roles in a number of different contexts. Naomi also spent two years working in China as Head of Keyboard and subsequently Director of Music at an international school near Shanghai; here she established conservatoire progression programmes and exchanges between the UK and the USA, and, her students were successful in a number of international piano competitions. Before moving to China, Naomi taught at the RNCM for 17 years.

Naomi is an experienced soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Her ‘passion project’ La Pianista Peregrina (The Pilgrim Pianist), documents a number of sustained recording projects where she combines research into specific musical genres with travel. One such project is exploring the piano music of Armenia, the origins of her family roots, and, a second, ongoing project is based on music inspired by the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.

Naomi completed her studies at the RNCM, University of Reading and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is currently pursuing doctoral research at the RNCM. Her thesis explores heutagogy and the dynamics of interaction within conservatoire piano departments.

Naomi is delighted to be presenting at the 4th Asia Kodaly Symposium. Her overarching aspiration is to inspire teachers and students to become resourceful, autonomous life-long learners through creative engagement and exploring democratic approaches to teaching and learning.