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Shelby Maples

Shelby Maples


Violin Lessons | Viola Lessons | Ensemble Coaching

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of music, specialising in violin performance
  • Pricing: $30-$60
  • Styles: Classical, Contemporary, Fiddling, Improv
  • Suitability: All ages from 3 to Adults


I have been teaching violin and viola at my studio here in Mount Maunganui for over 10 years.

I have a Bachelor of Music specialising in violin performance from Waikato Univeristy and have been in the music scene here in Tauranga for over 20 years.

I spent some time studying violin in America and performing in both Professional orchestras and chamber groups before returning to NZ to obtain my degree. I was selected to play Viola in the NZ Youth Orchestra and still actively play in Opus Orchestra and the occasional concert with the BOP Symphony. My most recent performance was playing for Michael Buble` on his February 2020 tour.  I currently live in Mount Maunganui, teaching privately and also in a couple schools around Tauranga.

Teaching Info

I cover a range of teaching styles/books to fit the individual student.

For the more advance students I add scales and studies when applicable; which helps with intonation, technique as is needed when wanting to sit grades.

I also like to add fun pieces to keep my students engaged and enjoying playing the violin, even if its just for home practice.

My lesson structure:

Making sure that my students master the right techniques from the start (Posture, Bow hold etc.)

Keeping a notebook during lessons of what needs to be practiced. I feel this helps make home practice run more efficiently

Selecting individual goals with the student to work towards the term/year

If there is an interest from students we can start ensemble classes which then could be entered into competitions and played at studio concerts.

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