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Hugo Middeldorp

Hugo Middeldorp


Piano Lessons | Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Grade 8 for Piano, BMus (1st Class Honours) at Auckland University
  • Styles: Classical, Pop, Jazz
  • Suitability: Beginner - Intermediate


I started playing piano at a young age after showing interest in my mother’s playing. I was lucky enough to always have a piano at home and music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. For most of my life music and piano existed in the background, but in high-school I became more serious about piano and decided to practice more diligently. After a recommendation from my teacher and almost on a whim, I decided to apply to the jazz program at the University of Auckland, and I got in. During my time at University I got my Grade 8 in Piano through Trinity College, and I have now graduated with First Class Honours in Jazz Performance. As a teacher my goal is to impart the same passion for music I had from my earliest days while also encouraging a strong work ethic (which I didn’t have until much later!). Learning an instrument takes dedication and effort but with the right mindset and passion for music it should never feel like work.

Teaching Info

While I have a general curriculum blending technique, music theory, learning pieces as well as general music appreciation and artistic development that I take my students through, I love when students show me the way in which they want to progress. There are worthwhile things to learn from every genre of music so no matter the student’s interest, learning will always be rich with content. My role as a teacher is ultimately to make myself redundant: to provide the tools that the student needs to solve musical problems while helping them develop as a musician.

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