About the Students

Students of Caroline Tyler Piano School come from all walks of life, from 6-year-old beginner with musical potential, to semi-professional players and piano teachers wanting to boost their skill set, to those just starting the piano later in life. Students come from all over West and East Sussex to gain from the particular style of piano teaching of Caroline Tyler and her colleagues, who have studied classical piano performance with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

This map shows the variety of locations students travel from,

To read some comments made by students about their experiences with this piano school, click here.

Some students have music scholarships to private schools in the area (such as Roedean, Brighton College, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Hurstpierpoint College, Worth) which their piano playing has helped them to achieve. 

Some students are very serious about music and want to be successful in this area of their lives, or see music as a possible career path. Caroline Tyler Piano School has helped students with auditions for junior conservatoire (Royal Academy, Royal College, Guildhall School), with a high success rate. 

Others use piano playing to add to their life skills, coordination or confidence, to help them understand music in general, or just to have something special which they can call their own time (busy parents, office workers, retired people starting or revisiting piano playing).

We encourage students to take part in our Performance Evenings, which give them a chance to meet some of the other students and play short pieces to each other. We aim for this to be an informal and friendly environment, that also has a sense of occasion in order to experience a little of what it's like to perform. There is also the option to take exams, usually with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the most widely-used and recognised music exam board. However, if a student has a particular preference for another exam board this can also be accommodated and there is a wide range of options particularly at Diploma level. Some students work through exam requirements at a particular level as a challenge but feel that the actual exams are not for them, which can also work well. 

Some music schools have one 'exam time' per year, whereas we prefer to enter each student as an individual when they are ready. Therefore we do not have group visits but use a centre for exams in the local area, and exams are spread out over the year.

These links provide further information about:

Our exam results: Exam results

Exams: www.abrsm.org