Piano Lessons | Keyboard Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Online Lessons
- Qualifications: Bachelor of Music with Honours (Jazz Piano Victoria University), Trinity College Diploma.
- Pricing: $65 per hour, $40 per half hour. Piano and keyboard available at home studio in Newtown. Open to traveling to student's home if preferred.
- Styles: Jazz, Classical, RnB, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Popular
- Suitability: All ages and ability levels welcome! Willing to teach anyone that is interested in learning or who is enthusiastic and passionate about music.
I am a Wellington based professional piano player. I have been playing the piano for over 20 years now and have been influenced by a multitude of genres and styles. I was Classically trained during my youth and have been studying Jazz throughout the past 5 years at Victoria University.
Whilst living in Wellington I have been actively performing at numerous venues and been a part of the city’s music scene as well as multiple festivals around New Zealand. These performances have involved groups exhibiting a diverse range of styles including Sky Canvas, The Rodger Fox NZSM Bigband, Orpheus Choir and Carnatic Indian Fusion band, Idhayam. I have developed the skills necessary to adapt to any musical style and to be able to play with people of differing approaches, backgrounds and cultures.
Diversity is a pivotal role in becoming a great musician, which is why I try to absorb as much as I can from all the different styles of music. These interactions greatly influence how I approach playing the piano and continue to shape my journey as a musician.
As well as performing, I have a solid understanding and background of musical theory and composition. I compose my own music, both for personal use and as part of the groups that I am a member of. These compositions cover an extensive range of styles and I am just as comfortable writing for Hip-Hop groups and Jazz quartets as I am for Big Bands and solo piano.
I am happy to teach anyone who is willing to listen, learn and dedicate practice time to their instrument. Students will have a huge say in what they learn and I construct lessons around your own particular interests and requirements. The lessons will be both engaging and informative and will make you want to practice; allowing students to get the most out of their instrument.
I hold great importance on interaction and will help students find their musical voice in a safe, supportive environment. No matter what style of music students enjoy playing or listening to, we can draw inspiration from that and use it to help shape you as a musician.
Students will learn musical theory, aural and reading skills as well as proficiency on their instrument. My teaching style is diverse and contains important elements from both the Classical and Jazz disciplines. By combining technique and reading abilities with improvisation and theoretic understanding, students will have a good grasp on where they want to take their music. Students are encouraged to bring in any material that they wish to learn or look at; your time will not be wasted and I want you to receive the most out of my lessons as possible.