janet obi career

My musical training and education has been diverse. I have had the privilege of living, studying and working in the US,
France, Switzerland and England. After my piano training in the United States, I moved to Marseilles, France where I completed my conservatoire studies. I achieved Gold Medal status in my music studies under the supervision of Pierre Barbizet and was awarded a Master of Music degree. In 1989 I decided to move to London, England. After one year, I commenced my studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London where I received a postgraduate certificate in Piano Accompaniment.

Following my studies I was employed at Kensington and Chelsea College for nine years as Music Coordinator. My experience at Kensington & Chelsea included developing the music programme for family learning. I found this an immensely rewarding activity which benefited many children and adults living in the borough.


I began working for the City Literary Institute as Head of Music in 2001 where I managed the music department. Teaching adults from diverse backgrounds and abilities continues to be a rewarding experience. In addition to my formal employment, I have enjoyed teaching private piano lessons for over 25 years.

In 1999 before working at the City Lit I decided to embark on a 6-year journey to discover the works of Henri Dutilleux, a remarkable composer I had the opportunity of studying with in France. I have a passion for contemporary music and exploring the parallels between performance and composition.

My musical interests and my background in education, research, performance, and management have given me a unique musical experience. Other qualities I have gained from working in diverse educational settings include effective communication and organisational skills, a positive team spirit, and a commitment to quality and achievement. I enjoy teaching and I feel I have the necessary experience to support students in their musical development.