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Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper


Piano Lessons | Choirs, Keyboard Lessons, Organ Lessons, Singing Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: MMus - Distinction, MusB(Hons) - 1st Class, MusB
  • Pricing: $50 per 45 minutes | $65 per hour
  • Styles: Classical and modern / popular contemporary
  • Suitability: All ages, beginner to advanced


Daniel has a passion for sharing the art of piano playing with the next generation, encouraging and supporting them with a detailed understanding of the instrument, technique, and performance musicianship. Engaging lessons with a mixture of all styles of piano repertoire from “classical” through to “modern rock/pop” help his students become well-rounded pianists and musicians!

Being the director of numerous prominent choral ensembles within Chirstchurch, Daniel has an excellent grasp on the voice as an instrument, and the direction and leadership of large and varied ensembles. Daniel is always interested in helping younger voices “find their place” in the myriad of styles of vocal music accessible today.

Daniel Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Canterbury School of Music, graduating from a MMus in orchestral conducting in 2020 with distinction. In 2018 Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in performance organ from UC. Early in 2019 Daniel made his professional debut as assistant conductor and celeste soli player in the world premiere of Chris Gendall’s Violin Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Since then, Daniel has conducted the Secret Sinfonia, and has been called on to direct symphonies, overtures, and vocal works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Rossini with professional and advanced youth ensembles. Daniel is regularly called throughout New Zealand for his work as a continuo harpsichordist including performances of Acis and Galatea (Hawkes’ Bay, Project Prima Volta 2017), Messiah (Hawkes’ Bay 2017 & 2018).

Recently, Daniel Directed and Produced a ground breaking staged performance of Handel’s Messiah to high acclaim  Passionate about period inspired performances, Daniel is a founding member of the Seasoning Ensemble ( &, a revolutionary baroque ensemble based in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2018 and 2019 Daniel was an active participant for the CSO conducting workshop with Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey.

Recently, Daniel has been responsible for several New Zealand premiers of music by Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, John Cage, and La Monte Young. In early 2020 Daniel, as the only New Zealander in the history of the course, was an active participant in the Australian Conducting Academy with Johannes Fritzsch in Hobart, conducting the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 Daniel will be studying part time in Adelaide at the Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium of Music with Dr. Luke Dollman, in a conducting programme linked closely with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. By invitation only Daniel was invited to return to Australia to work with Johannes Fritzsch and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for the follow up ‘summer course’ of the 2020 Australian Conducting Academy. Daniel is Director of Music and Organist of Knox Presbyterian Church, Musical Director of the Christchurch Liedertafel Male Voice Choir, and choir director at St Marks Presbyterian Avonhead Choir. Daniel supported by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, The Farina Thompson Charitable Trust, the Keith Laugesen Charitable Trust, and the Christchurch Liedertafel Male Voice Choir.


Teaching Info

-Basic theory
-Basic history of music and the piano/organ
-Piano technique
-Posture and presentation

-Concert repertoire preparation
-Deeper exploration of music theory and history
-Development of improvisation
-Advanced music theory

I can also tutor in NCEA Music, music theory, and aural skills for Trinity or ABRSM.

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