Piano Lessons | Keyboard Lessons, Violin Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Online Lessons
- Qualifications: Bmus Honours majoring in Jazz, Trinity College grade 8 piano and grade 7 violin and theory
- Pricing: $35 per 30 mins, $50 per 45mins, $60 ph
- Styles: classical, jazz, pop
- Suitability: All
Skylar Orr has recently completed her honours degree at the University of Auckland majoring in Jazz Performance in 2019. She studied under Kevin Field for the majority of her piano one on one lessons. Other lecturers have been Alan Brown, Grant Winterburn, Roger Manins, Dixon Nacey, Oliver Holland and Ron Samsom. She currently plays piano in the Auckland Big Band. Before learning jazz, Skylar was classically trained on piano through the Trinity Grade exam system, sitting Grade 8 in year 13. She also plays violin where she reached Grade 7 in year 12. Currently, Skylar plays violin in the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. She has played the violin in semi-professional orchestras while still at high school such as the Mozart Festival Orchestra (Bay of Plenty) conducted by David Squire. In year 13 she was the leader of the Big Music Day in Taupo, playing violin 1. Skylar was always high achieving in her Trinity theory exams where she received the highest mark in the Taupo region multiple times.
Skylar has experience teaching one on one and in groups from ages ranging from 5 to 60 year olds. She believes it is never too late to learn an instrument because, not only from the enjoyment it brings but the benefits it can have on the brain. Learning music not only keeps your brain active (especially important in older people), it helps with other subjects such as maths. It is the only activity that engages all parts of the brain at once! Skylar will tailor your lessons to suit your needs and aspirations. She will either suggest a method book right for you/your child or source music you/your child want to learn. She can teach a range of styles both on violin and piano such as pop, classical, blues and jazz. Skylar also loves to teach theory and aural skills as she believes it helps greatly in understanding and hearing the music we play in more depth. In her lessons she will incorporate theory and aural but will also solely teach theory/aural if students want a deeper understanding or if they want to sit a theory exam. Skylar can teach all the grades of theory and aural, NCEA level 1, 2 and 3 music and university level jazz theory/aural.
Skylar is flexible and can work out a time that suits around your busy life. Lessons can be anywhere from 20 minutes to 90 minutes. Depending on your location and spaces available, Skylar can travel to your house (travel fee applies for some suburbs) to teach if necessary otherwise she has spaces at her studio on Saturdays in St Heliers.