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Jane Trotter

Dunedin
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

Bio

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 taught 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.

Teaching Info

Please visit www.trottermusic.com for further information.

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.

TESTIMONIALS:

Please click on the different coloured treble clefs to read a selection of testimonials from Jane’s students and their parents.

If you’d like to look at a few more examples, you can visit the Testimonials page on Jane’s website.

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

I have been learning piano from Jane for the past year. Jane is an amazing piano teacher. Her understanding and patience help me to learn. She is kind, friendly and very approachable. Jane selects music that she knows I will enjoy learning. This year I have been able to expand my repertoire of tunes. One of my favourite things about Jane is that she encourages me to do my utmost best with every piece of music that she gives to me.

Annika Marriner

Jane has been my piano teacher for the last seven years. Every session is relaxing and fun. Jane has taught me many skills and techniques, and has given me confidence to play the piano in public. She takes the time to find interesting pieces of music for me to play, and then patiently goes through the pieces with me. Through her teaching I have achieved ‘Distinction’ passes in both my music practical and theory ABRSM exams. I am very lucky to have Jane as my piano teacher.

Amelia

Jane was a wonderful music teacher to me throughout the four years I was lucky enough to be taught by her. She always made sure to take my opinion into consideration when picking out music and has been very patient in her teaching style. She also ensured I was well prepared to take my piano exams, making the whole experience a lot less stressful. Not only did my music skills improve immensely, but I also really enjoyed attending the piano lessons. It was a great opportunity to do something a bit different from my everyday activities.

Emma Crampton