Piano Teaching is...
Winnie started learning the piano from the age of 8 in Hong Kong. After coming to Australia [and after stopping piano for a few years], she started lessons again with a brilliant teacher, Lorna Menzies-wall in Canberra. At that time Winnie was undertaking her high school years and at the same time sitting many piano exams year after year receiving many Distinction grades. Winnie's first degree is in economics and she also has a Grad. Dip. in Marketing. In 2006, she moved to Brisbane and went on to complete her eighth grade piano with Jan Lockwood and received a Distinction for her exam. Since 2008, She has been teaching piano in Brisbane from her home. In 2007, she self-produced an album titled 'A Touch of Innocence' which showcased her earlier piano compositions.
Winnie has been writing music a long time and doing a lot of self-study to hone her skills in this area. But after a while she felt that gaining a tertiary qualification in music would be the best way for her to learn structurally about many aspects relating to music to a high standard. So, in 2016 she started a Bachelor of Music degree studying on a part-time basis at the University of New England. However, she understands the learning does not stop at her degree and she constantly strives to learn more by undertaking further self studies and gaining more practical experiences in the music area. In 2019, she performed a few of her compositions at the Queensland Music Teachers Association in Brisbane. In August 2019, Winnie achieved her Associate in Music Teaching diploma from the AMEB. Winnie is also a Professional member with the Queensland Music Teachers Association.
In the past, Winnie has also played as a piano accompanist for a primary school as well as has experience entertaining senior people at Blue Care and Wesley Missions elderly centres using her piano playing skills.
The following outlines Winnie's music teaching philosophy. For enquiries about Winnie's music tuition, please contact her by email at or use the Contact Form below.
"I believe all human beings have the ability to be musical (whether they are aware of them or not!). For those that want to understand this art further, it is my job as a piano teacher to thoughfully plan a program, to enable them to understand the elements that make up music and to know how they are organised, and to learn the techniques to be able to produce beautiful music on the piano." - Winnie Choy
For a copy of Winnie's teaching policy, please click on the button.
"Winnie has taught my daughter Rosie piano for ten years. In that time she has been kind, patient and flexible, responding to the needs and interests of Rosie. She never put pressure on Rosie to do exams and has instilled a genuine love of the instrument in her. Rosie has grown in confidence and creativity during her time with Winnie. Winnie is gentle and encouraging and very proud of her students' achievements. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher."
From Amanda, Dec 2018