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 j​​​​ust 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 2018 Adult Students getting together for a house concert!

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.