Double Bass Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Online Lessons
- Qualifications: BMUS, MMUS
- Styles: Classical
- Suitability: All ages. Please ask about small basses for children.
Alanna joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2019. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. She was a Fellow with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for two years, and the Tanglewood Music Center for two seasons. Her primary teachers include Scott Pingle, Timothy Pitts, Paul Ellison and Alex Henery.
A passionate educator, Alanna teaches all ages and levels but has a particular passion for teaching youngsters the double bass. She was a gymnastics coach for twenty years and has an acute awareness of biomechanics and anatomy. This has inspired an ergonomic approach to the bass, enabling students to access their full playing potential. Alanna is co-founder of the Wellington Music Education Trust and Piccolo Bass, Wellington’s only double bass outreach programme.
Alanna plays an 1884 French instrument that has been resident in Oriental Bay, Wellington since 1967 after sailing from Europe. It was passed on to Alanna in 2018 and now gets to be part of the NZSO after living just across the harbor for so many years.
I teach a variety of repertoire, but my curriculum is primarily led by each student’s needs. I often supplement performance lessons with musicianship and theory work to create a well-rounded education for my students.
Financial assistance for instrument hire is available at Wellington Music Education’s award page!