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Thea Wray

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Althea Wray was born in the United Kingdom to Jamaican parents Bert and Edna Cooper and was raised and educated in the UK, Jamaica and the USA. She started piano lessons at the tender of three years and six months in Swindon, Wiltshire. She continued her musical training in Jamaica studying first with Mrs Pat Lyew and then the late Miss Ena Helps. She received the highest marks in the island for the grade eight pianoforte examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in 1972 and gained a Licentiate in Pianoforte Performance from Trinity College London in 1977. Between 1974 and 1977, she ran a small piano teaching studio where she taught piano up to grade 3 in Kingston, Jamaica whilst reading for a BSc in Natural Sciences (1975-1979) at the University of the West Indies (UWI). She also completed a Masters in Aquaculture at Auburn University, Alabama (1980-81) and an executive MBA in marketing between 1992-94 at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Althea completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification in Primary Education at Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent in 2013.

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