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Ian Logan Creative Piano Lessons

Ian Logan Creative Piano Lessons


Piano Lessons | Artist development, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Online Lessons

  • Qualifications: B.A (hons) ATCL (piano performance) Diploma of Teaching (secondary)
  • Pricing: $60 per hour, $30 per half-hour
  • Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues and Gospel
  • Suitability: All ages from 5 on.


It seems like playing the piano has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a family here in Island Bay in the 1960’s where everyone played an instrument of some sort and we conveniently had a neighbour who was a piano teacher, a student of one of Chopin’s students called Elsie Federoff. She was originally from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. I started playing at about 7 years old and though I had a break of about 5 years without a teacher I kept on playing for my own enjoyment.

When I came back to my original teacher, Elsie Federoff, in my last year of secondary school I had to make a jump from grade 1 to grade 8 very quickly but managed to pass with merit fortunately.

A few years later I went on to take the ATCL in piano performance with Doris Sheppard when Elsie had returned to her native country the Netherlands. I was also very lucky to meet Doris as she had been a pupil of the legendary English teacher Tobias Matthay.  From her I learnt not only the relaxation and sound production technique of Matthay but harmony and counterpoint as well.  

Since university study I have combined teaching piano and performing with my other passion – painting and art. I have also taught in a number of secondary schools both here and in the UK where I lived between 1998 and 2012. I have performed as a soloist and accompanist in venues such as the Vortex Jazz Club in London, “Larry’s Room” at Pizza on the Park, London as well as “Le Croquenote”. In 2020 I appeared in the Wellington Jazz Festival to launch my solo piano CD – mostly my own compositions.

For my jazz career I was mentored by the famous New Zealand saxophonist and arranger Tony Noorts whose guidance on composition and performance I can pass on to the students I now enjoy teaching so much.


Teaching Info

What you can learn

  • Piano performance – classical, jazz or pop styles to suit your needs

  • Composition, theory and harmony

  • Accompanying and singer‐pianist technique a specialty

  • Exam preparation for Trinity College or Royal Schools exams on request

  • Support for NCEA study

In my lessons creativity and individuality is at the core right from the start.

With a wealth of experience teaching children and adults both here and in the UK, I don’t just teach piano – I aim to provide a rounded and holistic musical education as well. I can tailor courses for individual interests whether that is classical, jazz or pop, composition, song writing and also NCEA support.

I am also very successful in preparing students for external Royal Schools or Trinity College exams. As a trained and NZ registered teacher I have reasonable rates with the option of learning at your home or at my house in Island Bay.

On a basis of sound fundamentals of correct movement and reading music there is the chance for students to express their particular strengths.

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