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Janet Dudney

Janet Dudney


Piano Lessons | Recorder Lessons, Singing Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Theory Lessons, Music And Movement For Under Fives

  • Qualifications: ATCL; LTCLGMT (London); Dip. Executant Music (NZ);Dip. Teaching (NZ); Dip. Education (USA)
  • Suitability: All ages


Janet Dudney has a new music studio in Taupaki,  just 28kms from Auckland’s CBD.  Surrounded by nature and the sound of bird calls, her studio is perfect for Sound Meditation Sessions for Children, in addition to Piano and Voice Lessons for all ages.

Janet has followed her passion for sound and music since her graduation from North Shore Teachers College in the 1970’s.   She completed post-graduate piano and singing studies in London, England before continuing her career as a teacher, director and performer in the USA for 30 years.  She has returned to NZ bringing a wealth of experience and a creative approach to music education in general.  As one of her colleagues wrote:

“Janet is simply amazing.  She possesses a unique way of reaching to the heart of things and leading others to do the same.  As a Music Teacher she inspires students to give their utmost, to reach into themselves and become the music, to share the pathos or joy, the rhythm and energy, the beauty and precision that brings the piece to life.  I have seen no one else able to take students to this place of total immersion, total commitment.” – Gary Griffith


Teaching Info

Janet has a holistic approach to music education and tailors her piano and voice lessons to meet the needs of her students.  Janet endeavors to share her love for sound/silence and music with her students – to uplift and empower them as musicians and as human beings.  ” Both my boys are inspired to love music after each lesson. Janet’s approach to teaching music is holistic and fun.  A very special teacher – one in a million.” Sharon Ng

Prospective students are welcome to attend a free Piano, Singing or  Sound Meditation Session. 

Sound Meditation is hands-on exploration of sound and silence using high quality musical instruments from around the world.  As children play with sound and silence (Sound Play), cymatics (sound made visible) and build sound sculptures (Sound Art), they connect with their hearts.

“Sound Meditation was very calming for me.  I could play on instruments the way I liked and it opened me up to so many instruments that I have never seen before.  I came away feeling relaxed and happy.  The vibrations moved me very deeply.”  Athena 

“Sound meditation is unique and it offers serenity.  If I come tired or mentally confused I always feel rejuvenated after coming.” Avery

What I love about Sound Meditation is that I can hear myself think.  Sometimes I need silence to be inspired and I found that here.”  Chloe

 “Sound Art is really fun!!!! You get to build sound sculptures and see, feel and hear things that you’ve never heard before.”  Sam 

The benefits of Sound Play and Sound Art also extend to fostering musicality and developing confidence in music performance, improvising and composing.

“The Sound Meditation sessions have been inspirational and have had a huge influence upon me.   When I take the creative aspects into my musical life, I open up.  Not only have I noticed a change in my music, but my teachers have as well.  My perception of music has completely changed.   Now I am inventive with my music, making me an individual.  The creative play is truly a gift.   Thanks, Matisse.”  (7th grade)









My 2 son’s (8 and 6 years old) have been taking lessons from Janet for almost a year now. Both my boys are inspired to love music after each lesson. Janet’s approach to teaching music is holistic and fun. We currently live on the North Shore, and have followed Janet to her new studio, as I was finding it difficult to find a teacher with same music values and enthusiasm locally. A very special teacher, one in a million.

Sharon Ng

Our daughter, Jes (10 years old), has been taking piano lessons with Janet for some two to three years now. During this time we have been thrilled to see Jes’s progress on the piano and how much she enjoys her lessons with Janet. We live on the North Shore and until just recently were very close to Janet’s studio. When we heard that Janet was moving to Taupaki, there was no question that we would follow her there. Janet is an exceptional music teacher. What we find truly special about her is her authenticity in really getting to know Jes, what makes her tick and exactly what she needs so as to create her own unique and special music journey. Janet is patient and encouraging with Jes. Janet recognises Jes’s creative side and nurtures her desire to experiment while at the same time encouraging her to keep up her skills practice. Jes wouldn’t miss her lessons with Janet for the world.

Tony and Sarah Wright

Janet has been nothing but amazing throughout the several years I've had her as my teacher. She has pushed me to the best of my abilities and has always treated me with such kindness and patience. She's helped me grow not only as a musician but also as a person, and I wouldn't be where I am without her.

Alice - 13 years

Janet is a wonderful teacher. She has a rare ability to tap into exactly what speaks to each of her students, individualising her lessons while never omitting the more formal aspects of musicianship. A consummate professional who is also endlessly patient, good-humoured and kind, she never loses sight of the bigger picture, ensuring that music will never be a chore for her students, but will instead remain a life-long joy. I am so grateful for what she has given my daughter. - Sally Sutton

Sally Sutton

Starting to learn the piano as a 32-year-old was quite daunting. After researching thoroughly for a good teacher and guide, I was lucky to find Janet. With her, I was able to receive the inspiration, encouragement and a sense of responsibility for learning. Janet is patient, creative and knowledgeable. She has a lovely attitude and an uplifting personality. These are really helpful and stimulated me to learn, practice and push myself to be better. I am really thankful to Janet for her time and patience with me.

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