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Jonathan Tanner

Jonathan Tanner


Violin Lessons | Viola Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Online Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Music - NZSM Wellington, Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance - NZSM Wellington, Master of Arts - Bern, Switzerland
  • Pricing: $80 per hour + GST (30min/45min/60min = $46/$69/$92)
  • Styles: Classical and Folk styles such as Irish and Bluegrass and also Improvisation
  • Suitability: Beginner to Professional, any age (adults welcome)


I am a versatile, enthusiastic violinist and violist recently returned from Master’s studies in Switzerland. I work in many of New Zealand’s professional orchestras including the Christchurch Symphony and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. I also have extensive chamber music experience. I play a wide variety of musical styles including Classical, Irish, Bluegrass and Country, and enjoy improvisation. I’m just as comfortable playing in an orchestra as I am in a rock or folk band and will give anything a go – from Mendelssohn to Michael Jackson!

After attending Burnside High School, I completed my Bachelor of Music and Post-graduate Diploma at the NZ School of Music in Wellington. I then went on to complete my Master of Arts at Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland, where I was awarded the top mark for my final recital.

Since returning to New Zealand in September 2015, I have rediscovered a real passion for teaching and I love seeing my students continue to learn and achieve.

In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, soccer, snowboarding, water sports and cycling.

Teaching Info

My teaching approach includes a strong focus on good technique as well as creating a fun and motivating learning environment. It is important to me to teach a child transferable life skills as well – if they can apply themselves to learning the violin, they will be able to learn anything. I always strive to help my students create music which communicates to the listener emotionally.

I currently have more than 30 students ranging in age from 4 to 50+ and I enjoy teaching across the whole range of levels and ages.

A word to any hesitant adult beginners:

I have been blown away by the success that my adult students have had in learning the violin. I really believe it’s never too late to learn and with the right kind of work and direction you will be surprised what you can do!

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