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Belinda Carrigan

Belinda Carrigan


Violin Lessons | Viola Lessons | Artist development, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: M.Mus (Dist), PG Dip RNCM (UK)
  • Pricing: $43 per 30 mins & $5 travel fee per visit
  • Styles: Classical
  • Suitability: age 5 - adult


After completing my degrees at Auckland University (M. Mus (Dist), I freelanced for a year, then  completed a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) in 1999.

I have many years of experience as a freelance performer with various orchestras, touring shows, musicals and chamber ensembles and until recently have played with local professional and touring ensembles / orchestras such as APO and Bach Musica.

I have taught violin & viola privately and at various schools (both public and private) in Auckland since my return from the UK.

My students follow either Trinity or ABRSM syllabuses and range from age 5 – adult.Exams aren’t for everyone and lessons are tailored to the individual.

The ergonomic health of my students is of the utmost importance to me. Students  sometimes come to me with neck and shoulder pain that may have been developing for years. I am very careful to ensure that my students have the correct setup, in order to avoid this potentially long-term problem. Students with pre-existing conditions (often with long necks) have managed to resolve the pain and continue playing comfortably. It is usually possible to achieve this by solely changing the chin rest and / or shoulder rest. If  long – term, sometimes  treatment is required (eg acupuncture). Ensuring the underlying technique is secure and not creating undue tension when playing, is also relevant.

Some of my students have completed Performance degrees and now teach and /play in professional orchestras.

I do not use a teaching studio at present, so if you reside outside of my stated teaching areas, I cannot offer you lessons. I now travel to students’ homes, in various suburbs including: Mission Bay, Orakei, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Stonefields & Remuera. Bordering suburbs will be considered.

I have the following lesson times available in the specified areas.

Monday: 1 lesson slot available in either Stonefields, Kohi, Orakei or Mission Bay

Tuesday:  Lessons available from 5:45 in Remuera, Orakei or Mission Bay.

Wednesday; 1 lesson slot available in Stonefields, Meadowbank, St John’s, Mission Bay or Kohi.

My stated fee is for 2024 and increases $2 per hour annually.

Teaching Info

As well as working towards practical violin exams and helping my students with their orchestral/ chamber music, I ensure that all students have a solid theoretical grounding.


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