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Anna Robinson : Associate Artist

The intention to capture a young player’s imagination is at the heart of my compositions. Through musical imagery, character and storytelling it is hoped my pieces inspire creative playfulness at the piano and truly put the play back into playing.

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Anna Robinson is a Northcote-based piano teacher and composer, and currently teaches piano at her private studio and two government primary schools in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

After graduating in Mathematics from University College London, she gained teaching and performing diplomas in piano and worked for some years as an administrator in classical music before deciding to focus solely on teaching.

In the teaching studio, Anna places an emphasis on developing music literacy skills so that young pianists may later enjoy the richness and diversity of the piano's repertoire. Her belief that engagement with repertoire plays a crucial part in sustaining students' interest led her to start composing pedagogical pieces for her students. Many of her works are inspired by observations of individual students' creative interests.

Over the past three years, Anna has self-published three books of original piano compositions. "Notes on a Neighbourhood" is a collection of early intermediate pieces inspired by observations of daily life around Northcote. This was followed by an album of elementary level pieces entitled "Cats on the Keys". All pieces from both books are in the current ANZCA classical piano and modern piano exam syllabi across grades 1-5.

In 2022 Anna was commissioned by Vibrant Music Teaching in Ireland to write two pedagogical pieces with the theme "The Other Pedals" in the Concept Collection series for piano.

Most recently Anna has released a third elementary level collection entitled "Pooches at the Piano".

Anna Robinson — current to October 2023