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Michal Cihelka

Michal Cihelka


Piano Lessons

  • Qualifications: B.Mus. (Hons) Piano Performance.
  • Pricing: $40 30-minutes, $60 45-minutes, $80 60-minutes. $10 Travel.
  • Styles: Classical and Contemporary. Music Theory integrated into all lessons.
  • Suitability: Any age and level, from beginner to advanced.


Michal studied piano and music theory with Jocelyn Walker, a prominent Wellington teacher at the time, and subsequently with Judith Clark and Dr Thomas Hecht at Victoria University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) degree, majoring in Piano Performance, in 2000.

In the years that followed Michal pursued many other interests, including photography and computer programming, while freelancing as a pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher. During this time he recorded three albums – the For the Love of Piano series.

Michal has also worked as a photo lab technician, and as a Court Reporter (the modern-day equivalent of a Stenographer) and Analyst for the Ministry of Justice.

Backed by a broad range of life experiences, Michal returns in 2024 to a singular focus on music, in particular teaching, performing, and composing.

Michal was born in the Czech Republic, and has been a proud Wellingtonian since the age of three.

Teaching Info

Michal currently offers at-your-home, one-on-one piano tuition in Wellington for students of any age and level, from beginner to advanced.

At-your-home tuition removes the burden of travel on students and parents, making it easy and convenient to fit lessons around a busy schedule.

One-on-one tuition means each student enjoys the full benefit of lessons tailored just for them, as well Michal’s full attention and focus during each lesson. Students at the beginner level particularly benefit from the customised material Michal produces for them.

Michal’s teaching style is positive, supportive, pragmatic, and progressive. As his students learn to play and perform, they also gain a well-rounded understanding of music theory and how it works in practice.

Students are encouraged to share their talent, whatever level they may be, by performing in public. Although not compulsory, most students find the experience highly rewarding. Preparing for a public performance provides students with a meaningful goal to work towards and helps keep them motivated. The experience of a public performance also provides students with recognition for their hard work and helps boost confidence.

All students are invited to perform at the end-of-year Student’s Concert, a friendly and supportive celebration of their year’s hard work. Other opportunities to perform may come about through school or local events and piano competitions.

Students are also encouraged to undertake practical piano exams. Again, while not compulsory, it does provide students with a clear goal to work towards, another opportunity to perform, and official acknowledgment and recognition of the progress they have made. Advanced students wishing to continue their music studies at university, or develop a career in the music/arts field, will find the formal qualifications gained through exams invaluable.

Michal offers a free trial lesson for new students, with no obligation to continue. A free trial lesson is the perfect way to meet for the first time and for students and parents to get a first-hand feel of his teaching style.

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