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Jane Trotter

Piano Lessons, Theory Lessons

  • Qualifications: BA MusB DipArts LTCL LRSM AIRMT APSNZ
  • Pricing: Free, no obligation 30 minute introductory lesson
  • Styles: Classical and Contemporary/Jazz
  • Suitability: Students of all ages and abilities welcome, including adult students


Jane Trotter is a professional piano teacher based in Dunedin. With over 20 years of specialist knowledge and expertise, she teaches students ranging from beginners to diploma level.  Her experience of working with younger students inspired her to compose several educational children’s piano scores which are published by Hal Leonard, one of the world’s largest music print publishers.

Jane graduated from Otago University with a BA in English, a Bachelor of Music (majoring in Piano Performance) and a Post Graduate Diploma. In 1991 she completed her LTCL Performer’s Diploma and in 1996, was awarded a Royal Schools of Music Centenary Travel Grant Scholarship to further her studies in London at the Royal College of Music. During this Scholarship she gained her LRSM Teaching Diploma.

Actively involved in Dunedin’s community music environment, Jane has adjudicated local competitions and provided seminars on teaching methods and business practices to local teachers. She also teaches beginner recorder, clarinet and theory with the Saturday Morning Music Classes and has served extensively on the committees of the SMMC and local branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT) of New Zealand.

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Mindful of being a facilitator of her students’ musical growth, Jane encourages her pupils to develop technically, musically and personally with confidence, pleasure and at their own pace.

Her piano lessons are not just about learning to play the piano, but develop and nurture the whole musician.

Jane provides personalised tuition from her Studio in Waverley, Dunedin, and also at Columba College.

•    Individual tuition tailored to students’ needs and abilities
•    Students learn in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment
•    Play music that’s enjoyable and fun
•    Experience a wide range of styles from Classical to Jazz and Contemporary music
•    Instruction and preparation for practical and theory examinations offered
•    Students of all ages are welcome, including adult students with no previous background in music

If you’re not sure about music lessons or whether the piano is the right instrument for you or your children, Jane offers a free, no obligation 30 minute introductory lesson to find out what it’s all about.

All enquiries are welcome – no matter whether you or your children are complete beginners or seasoned players.


“All three of my girls took piano lessons with Jane – each with their own interests and learning styles and we found Jane was able to adapt and motivate them in different ways. My girls relayed that they always felt so comfortable with Jane. She felt more like a ‘friend’ helping you rather than a ‘piano teacher’. She was very patient, kind and understanding and they loved going to her house as her piano was ‘really nice’ and the house, warm, quiet and calm.

They also really liked how she tailored their music selection by trialling songs for them to pick. This strategy helped with motivating them through each week of practice. All of my girls bounced out of their music lesson with Jane and thoroughly enjoyed seeing her each week. We felt very fortunate to have found her!” – Lisa Houghton

“Jane has been a wonderful piano teacher for both myself and two daughters. Piano lessons are a weekly event that we as a family really look forward to. Her teaching style is structured yet relaxed and her real skill is that she is able to tailor her classes to the individual person learning, and level that they are at.

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!” – Dean Bell

Please visit the Testimonials page on Jane’s website if you would like to read more examples.