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Derek Bean

Piano Lessons | Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Auckland University)
  • Pricing: $60 per hour, $35 per 1/2 hour


Over the last ten years I have played piano at many venues – wedding receptions, corporate functions, hotel lobbies. . . . during that time I completed a Bachelor of Music at Auckland University, majoring in jazz piano. It’s now time for me to teach others how to get enjoyment out of playing the piano.

Teaching Info

My style of teaching is for people who want to play mainly by ear (rather than sight-reading). This involves listening to a tune, getting the feel of it, working out the melody line, and the harmony, then playing it on the piano, using your own developing style.

These skills , surprisingly, can be taught; they don’t have to be abilities that occur only in ‘gifted’ people. In fact you’ll mainly be teaching yourself by ‘messing around’ on the keyboard with help and guidance from me.

Sound chaotic? Maybe it is. But you’ll be surprised how thorough-going your knowledge of music becomes in the long run, and how much pleasure you’ll get because the progress you’ll make is so rewarding.