Adult Piano Lessons

Jane with one of her adult students

It’s never too late to have music in your life!

And you’re never ‘too old’ to learn! I’ve taught many adult students, some beginners starting from scratch, and others who have returned to the instrument after time away.

Jane with one of her adult students

It’s never too late to have music in your life!

And you’re never ‘too old’ to learn! I’ve taught many adult students, some beginners starting from scratch, and others who have returned to the instrument after time away.

Why Begin Adult Piano Lessons?

Perhaps you…

  • Always wanted to play as a child but never had the opportunity
  • Are eager to resume lessons after a hiatus with work or family commitments
  • Want to learn the instrument alongside your children to give them support and encouragement
  • Enjoy the challenge and adventure of learning a new skill
  • Need to keep your brain and body active!
  • Would enjoy preparing for an exam
  • Need an outlet for your creative expression
  • Would like a greater understanding and appreciation of music
  • Are seeking to experience music on a deeper and more fulfilling level by playing rather than listening
  • Just want to do something ‘special’ – something just for you

Striking a chord? Listen to your inner musician!

I’d love to help you take that first step and begin adult piano lessons, whether you’re a first time beginner or wanting to reconnect with the instrument if you’ve had a break.

Lessons are at my Studio in Waverley, Dunedin. 

Jane with one of her adult students
Jane with one of her adult students

Striking a chord? Listen to your inner musician!

I’d love to help you take that first step and begin adult piano lessons, whether you’re a first time beginner or wanting to reconnect with the instrument if you’ve had a break.

Lessons are at my Studio in Waverley, Dunedin. 

Adult Students Perform at House Concert

Some of my Adult Students getting together for a house concert!

Get in touch for a free 30 minute no obligation introductory lesson

An experienced and knowedgeable teacher


Mandy

Music performance and music teaching are both arts that Jane has mastered. Not all great performers make great teachers and it takes a lot of skill and thought to communicate to the students how exactly to achieve the sound required or the sound picture that you are wanting to produce.

Intrinsic motivation for practice and playing comes from enjoyable materials that match the student’s playing level and style. Jane is great at motivating her students by picking out pieces of music that do just that. She’s not stuck in a mode of strictly following a method book series, or slotting the students into a grade and only doing pieces that are grade-appropriate, and she’s not stuck in only teaching classical or pop music.

Jane is also very organised with her materials and time. Having an experienced and knowledgeable teacher guide you through music that inspires and excites you makes the learning process quicker and easier than learning on your own.

Consistently accelerates my learning


Mayuko Liguori

Learning how to play piano was always on the top of my bucket list. However, I hesitated to learn from a teacher because English is not my first language.

After teaching myself piano for the first two years, my progress hit a dead-end. So finally I decided to take lessons and found Jane online and she was very knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. Her advice is very helpful and consistently accelerates my learning.

It has been less than one year with Jane, but I have progressed more than I have done in two years. Thank you Jane!

it was as good as being there in person and I could still learn new pieces


Jenny Winter

I'm an older student and thoroughly enjoying my lessons with Jane. After a break of over 40 years I returned to piano lessons a few years ago and eventually chose Jane. I've even been inspired to say goodbye to my old piano from student days in the '70's and buy a new piano. Soon after I started with Jane, the Covid lockdown began and I switched to lessons via Skype - everything worked perfectly, the set-up was simple, it was as good as being there in person and I could still learn new pieces. Although...I've really enjoyed playing duets with Jane in person.

Jane is very attentive to details of technique and is very positive and encouraging in suggesting improvements even when I haven't done as much practice as I could! She finds interesting pieces for me to learn over the whole range of music from classical to jazz and always chooses the perfect piece when I'm a bit vague about what I want to try next. I always leave feeling motivated and encouraged.

Terrific to work with


Michael McAlpine

In early 2017 I decided that I would buy a piano and start taking lessons. I have wanted to do this for some time and decided that it didn’t make sense to put off learning any longer. I did some online research and talked to a person or two which lead me to Jane.

Jane has been terrific to work with. I get quite nervous when playing the music I have been learning, but Jane is very affirming and supportive. Learning a blues and swing rhythm was tough, but Jane made a recording for me and sent it to me. That was just what I needed to kick off learning the next few pieces of music in my book. Thanks Jane for your positive approach to learning.

thoroughly recommend Jane


Dean Bell

As a “Mature” student (over 40 years old), Jane has listened to my request for less theory based teaching and more relevant Jazz/Blues type piano music. As a result I am learning musical pieces that I love to listen to, learn, and play. I would thoroughly recommend Jane to all those people thinking of taking up piano lessons!

relaxed learning environment


Tom Mulder

Jane creates a relaxed learning environment. I find she is great at picking the areas where I can improve technically and providing useful tools to do so. Jane chooses great pieces that are enjoyable to play and really help extend my capabilities. She is also happy to work on various pieces I am practising at any given time and provides great insight even when I spring them on her without any notice. Jane also teaches my two children, Freddy and Lucy. They both feel very relaxed with her and have a great time.

The lessons through Skype are equally as helpful and rewarding as those in person


James Nicholls

During the lockdown last year I found myself with a lot more time to practise piano, but wasn’t progressing as quickly as I would have liked through YouTube videos alone. Jane offered lessons through Skype, which is extremely helpful as I’m only in Dunedin during university semesters.

Despite doing a lot of the learning through a computer screen, the lessons were still extremely personable, and Jane is a very patient teacher who has advanced my playing further than I thought possible in a year. I’m feeling a lot more confident reading sheet music, and playing pieces I thought it would take me years of practise to attempt.

I highly recommend Jane to anyone in Dunedin, or otherwise, as the lessons through Skype are equally as helpful and rewarding as those in person.

lessons were enjoyable and I learnt a lot


Karilyn Canton

Jane was recommended to me by a friend. It was an excellent recommendation. I started with Jane as an adult student a few years ago. I had very little musical knowledge, having never previously learnt a musical instrument. Jane was very flexible in working around my work commitments. The book she started me with was called “You are never too old to learn” -which turned out to be true! The lessons were enjoyable and I learnt a lot. I was so impressed by Jane’s style of teaching and her kind and enthusiastic nature that I asked her to also teach my daughter, Laura.

Laura has now been learning piano and music theory from Jane for three years. Laura enjoys going to her lessons. Initially Laura had her lessons at Jane’s house, but now she has her lessons at her school as Jane also does private lessons at Columba College. Laura is very keen to continue learning the piano from Jane. Laura gets real enjoyment from playing the piano, and will often just sit down at the piano and play various pieces for fun and relaxation. Jane has been integral in encouraging that love of music in Laura. I would recommend Jane to anyone wanting to learn piano. She is fantastic at being able to adapt to the interests of the student –whether it’s an adult student or child.

friendly, supportive environment


Julie Buchanan

I started learning Piano in my fifties having had no previous background in music. I’ve found it very challenging but at the same time incredibly rewarding and lots of fun in the process. Jane is a kind, enthusiastic and very, very, patient teacher. Thank you Jane! I feel relaxed and focused during lessons and always leave motivated and inspired no matter how slow the progress.

I really appreciate the opportunity to perform in front of other adult learners. There is no doubting it’s a bit scary but it is really cool to share your skills in a friendly, supportive environment with people who are on the same journey as you.

I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to begin learning with!


Kadin

I've really enjoyed my time getting lessons from Jane. Having played guitar for a few years, I had always been keen to learn Piano. I'd kept putting it off due to being worried I was already too old and had no Piano or music theory knowledge . I found Jane online and after doing an introductory lesson with her I enjoyed it so much I decided to finally buy a piano and begin lessons. Jane was super patient and reassuring even when I made mistakes or played slowly, which made me feel very comfortable. She is very easy to get on with and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to begin learning with! I also think the tips and lessons she gives have been invaluable and feel I would have not progressed nearly as well without coming to her. Thanks Jane!

Jane came as the most highly recommended tutor in the area


Benjamin Hutchison

I hadn't played the piano for 8 years before I decided to start taking lessons again. Jane came as the most highly recommended tutor in the area and after a few trials with some tutors I decided to start lessons with Jane. She is very encouraging and has accepted my skills and abilities as is. She is never frustrated when I have not been able to practice much and is always motivating me to do the best that I can.

When coronavirus and lockdown arrived I was worried that lessons would have to be cancelled but Jane quickly moved online and we have been able to have skype lessons, and not have to miss any lessons. Now that we have returned to a quasi-normal life I still have skype lessons as they accommodate me and my timetable better; something I am extremely grateful for, Jane allowing these lessons to continue online.

You are never too old!


Yvonne Wharerimu

Learning to play the piano was something I had always wanted to to do. So in my 60s I started lessons with Jane. I am so glad I did as she is a brilliant teacher. I often felt I was a bit slow to pick up the music but Jane never made me feel so. She has the patience of a saint! She always came up with an alternative way of learning something. I would heartily recommend Jane to anyone wanting to learn piano. You are never too old!

natural instinct for teaching


Trish Owen

It’s been a real pleasure returning to playing the piano after many years away. Jane has a natural instinct for teaching which, when combined with her enthusiasm and experience, makes for fun and engaging lessons.

encouraging and supportive


Esther Smith

As a complete beginner at adult age, Jane has been extremely encouraging and supportive. She always comes with great advice, is very patient and takes an interest in me beyond just my lessons. I always leave feeling praised yet also with a good challenge in hand. I couldn’t imagine a better teacher to begin with!

Taking lessons with you was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself


Marine Richarson

I came to this studio to fulfill a childhood dream. I had so much to learn, and dreaded having to sweat on scales and feeling frustrated at my own incompetence. It has been two years now, and I still have a lot to learn - but you make practice an absolute delight. I appreciate your patience, your sense of humour, and your help teaching me how to see beyond the music sheets. Taking lessons with you was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself, so thank you 😊

Jane has got an extensive set up now to make it really easy to learn remotely


Daniel Paterson

I've been learning with Jane for almost 3 years from a complete beginner to music. Jane has gone at the pace that suits me and makes sure I'm engaged with the piece we're doing. The lessons are fun and relaxed with no pressure, making them approachable even if I've had a busy week. Moving to online lessons since COVID, I can hardly tell the difference between an online lesson to one in person, and Jane has got an extensive set up now to make it really easy to learn remotely.

The lessons flow just as well as if they were happening in person


Claire Murray

I have been having lessons with Jane via Skype since May 2020. Before then it was 20 years since I had taken piano lessons. As a working mum, I chose Skype lessons because there’s no travel time involved. Having lessons at home has made piano lessons possible for me, when they otherwise wouldn’t have been. I have been really surprised by how much I have enjoyed the lessons and how much progress I have made. Jane’s camera set up is ideal for remote teaching. Jane is able to demonstrate using a camera above her own piano, and seems to have no difficulty critiquing me, by watching me play remotely. The lessons flow just as well as if they were happening in person, and I look forward to them each week.

Jane has a knack for choosing a variety of new music in different styles that I like, and her lessons are genuinely fun – low stress and tailored to what I want to get out of them. At the end of every lesson I know I’ve learned something, and have something specific to work on during my practice. As a result, I’ve been able to feel real progress week by week. What started as a resurrected hobby to pass the time during lockdown has become a really enjoyable part of my week and something I hope to be able to keep up for a long time to come.