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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), BMus (Jazz Performance), LRAM (Brass Education)
  • Pricing: 33.50$ for 30 mins
  • Styles: Classical, Jazz, Funk.
  • Suitability: 5+


Having received a Yamaha Artist Endorsement (2012), Barrett is principal trumpet of the Orchestra Wellington and is an artist teacher at the New Zealand School of Music. Barrett also performs around the globe with double platinum selling group The Black Seeds.

Barrett is a skilled and experienced musician with many ensembles, styles and experience to his credit. Barrett holds a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music in London along with a Licentiate to the Royal Academy of Music for Brass Education. 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 Barrett’s teachers included Mark David, Bob Farley and the late James Watson and Rod Franks.

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, 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 RNZAF, Reinhold Friedrich, Gerard Presencer, Simon O’Neill, Dave Dobbyn and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to name a few.

Prizewinner of several competitions (Including the Royal Academy of Music United Music Publishers performance Prize in 2009 with Organist Nikolia Eckertova) Barrett enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, Educator, and Jazz Musician. He has performed with many orchestras and ensembles in many styles throughout the world in countries such as USA, Singapore, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, China, The Middle East, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.

Teaching Info

I have taught brass lessons to students ages from 7 years old to 70 years old. From how to hold the instrument to final recitals for tertiary university students, nothings 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 diploma in teaching music, brass specific.

I currently have a teaching studio in Mt Victoria, Wellington CBD and also Petone, Hutt Valley. So there are options avaliable.

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