Mrs Judy Oliver


Judy OLIVERLife before Girton

I grew up and did my schooling in Zimbabwe before completing a BA (Hons.) Degree in English and History and a postgraduate Certificate of Education in both Primary and Secondary Teaching at the University of Wales, Bangor and Aberystwyth campuses respectively. I taught English and History in both England and Zimbabwe but on obtaining my LRSM from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 1992, I began a second career teaching piano, both privately and at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music in Bulawayo. I played timpani in the Bulawayo Philharmonic Orchestra and was involved in many aspects of community music there. Our first Australian home was Broken Hill where I accompanied the Philharmonic Choir, played in the orchestra and briefly taught piano by satellite through the School of the Air.

What I Love about Teaching

It gives me great delight to try and ignite a life-long passion for music-making in general and playing the piano in particular

What do you like best about the subject/s you teach?

Music is the one truly international language, used by musicians in every part of the world, and to introduce children to music in whatever form is to give them an opportunity to find their creative selves and to share it with others. It instils discipline and expands brain power and is one of the most joyous activities imaginable.

Other Hats

I enjoy accompanying other musicians and playing chamber music, bird-watching, travel, reading, knitting and game-viewing, should the opportunity arise.