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Reuben Derrick

Reuben Derrick


Clarinet Lessons | Saxophone Lessons | Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Doctor of Musical Arts (Canterbury), Mus.B (Sydney), B.Mus with first class hons. (Canterbury)
  • Pricing: $35/30 mins for weekly, fortnightly or casual lessons
  • Styles: All
  • Suitability: Motivated students of all ages and abilities


I play at music festivals, venues and events and on recordings with artists from New Zealand and around the world. My compositions include works for different ensembles and improvisational groups as well as electroacoustic works and sound design. I also collaborate with artists from different traditions and disciplines such as dancers, painters, poets, sculptors and film makers.

In 2015 I received a Fulbright grant to take part in an international composers and musicians residency in New York. In 2014 I was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Canterbury. In 2000 I graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Mus.B in jazz performance.

I teach students of all ages and abilities, both privately and in institutions. From 2001 until 2004 I was an itinerant teacher in Sydney schools and my teaching at the Ara Jazz School and UC music has included saxophone, ear training, improvisation and ensembles.

Teaching Info

At the core of learning an instrument are sound production and hearing development. These can be engaged through listening, learning music by ear, focusing on creativity and breathing correctly. Theory and music reading are important supporting skills, especially for ensemble players.

Whether teaching beginners or advanced students, I take a holistic approach catering to individual needs in a fun and creative way, rather than delivering a standardised syllabus. Most important is that the student enjoys learning and is challenged in ways that assist his or her musical journey.

I teach from a home studio in Papanui but lessons at other locations might be possible in some situations.


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