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Barrett Hocking

Barrett Hocking


Trumpet Lessons | Cornet Lessons, Flugelhorn Lessons, French Horn Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Skype Lessons

  • Qualifications: MMus (Classical Performance-London), BMus (Jazz Performance), LRAM (Brass Education-London)
  • Pricing: 35$ for 30 mins / $65 for 60 mins.
  • Styles: Classical, Jazz, Funk.
  • Suitability: 5+


Having received a Yamaha Artist Endorsement (2012), Barrett performs regularly for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performs around the globe with double platinum selling group The Black Seeds. And Barrett is principal trumpet of the Orchestra Wellington. 

Barrett currently teaches Trumpet at University of Canterbury, he has also recently been an artist teacher at theNew Zealand School of Music (Victoria University), Wellington. 

Barrett holds a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music in London along with a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music for Brass Education. Barrett is a skilled and experienced musician with many ensembles, styles and experience to his credit. Prior to his study abroad Barrett completed a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Trumpet and gained an Honours degree in Classical Trumpet from the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.

He is one of the most prolific brass players to have emerged from New Zealand in recent years. He gave his first concert at the young age of seven in the Timaru community school band. While studying in the United Kingdom in 2008-2010, Barrett’s teachers included Mark David (Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Nash Ensemble) Bob Farley (the Sixteen and the Hannover Band) and the late James Watson (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Opera House and London Sinfonietta) and Rod Franks London Symphony Orchestra).

Being a versatile musician, Barrett has played under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, James Judd, Sir Mark Elder and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Performing with the New London Orchestra, London Arts Orchestra, Jack Johnson, the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra/Brass Soloists/Early Music Ensemble, Manson Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, National Brass Band (NZ), NZ Army Band, Central Band of the Royal NZ Airforce, Reinhold Friedrich, Gerard Presencer, Simon O’Neill, Dave Dobbyn, Fly my Pretties and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to name a few.

Prizewinner of several competitions (Including the Royal Academy of Music United Music Publishers Performance Prize with Organist Nikolia Eckertova) Barrett enjoys a varied career performing in many musical styles and Educating. He has performed with many orchestras and ensembles throughout the world in countries such as USA, Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, China, The Middle East, Greece, Indonesia, Australia and at home in New Zealand.

Teaching Info

I have taught brass lessons to students ages from 5 years old to 70 years old. From how to hold the instrument to Recitals for tertiary University students, nothing is a problem! I am very happy to start out students at any age on a brass instrument, assist through graded exams/NCEA requirements and onwards from there.

Whilst studying for my Masters in Performance trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music, London I also completed my LRAM which is a Brass specific Diploma in teaching music.

If you in need of a brass instrument for lessons, please let me know as I have a variety available for rent.

I currently have an amazing new studio at The Piano, located at 156 Armagh St, Christchurch Central, free parking very close. I still have spaces available for 2020!

Barrett is a considerate teacher who 'walks the talk' by performing professionally which his students can easily access.  He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of music with his students, and is committed to ensuring the key building blocks are well learnt before progressing students to more challenging music.  While Barrett works to a training schedule for each student, he also takes advice from the school's music department on music which may continue to motivate the student in addition to the pieces he sets.  He is keen to collaborate to ensure music is fun and varied depending on the interests of each student.

Elizabeth (Parent)

Barrett has been a fantastic trumpet teacher for our son.  Barrett has not only given him a solid foundation in trumpet playing and successfully guided him through both practical and theory exams, but he has also nurtured a joy of music which will is a lifelong gift. Barrett is a great communicator and is kind and funny, pitching his lessons perfectly to the skill level and personality of his pupils. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Anna (Mother of 12 year old pupil)

I feel very fortunate to have found Barrett as a teacher. Having never taken any form of music lessons and trying the trumpet for the first time late last year, I have thoroughly enjoyed my lessons and look forward to them each week. Barrett is so positive and has taught me how to read sheet music and challenged me throughout the year, even supporting me to undertake my first grade exam. Barrett is always warm, patient and really encourages students to practise and develop and I could not recommend him enough!

Louise (Adult Beginner)
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