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Classical Guitar Lessons with John Wakelin MMus, GradDipTchg

Guitar Lessons

  • Qualifications: M.Mus. (Perf.) 1st Class Honours, B.Mus (Hons.) (Perf) 1st Class Honours, GradDipTchg
  • Pricing: $33 per 30 min. lesson. Longer lessons are available on request.
  • Styles: Classical
  • Suitability: All ages, all abilities


I’m a professional guitar teacher & performer based in the Auckland suburbs of One Tree Hill, Meadowbank, and Botany. I have a Masters degree with first class honours in classical guitar performance, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland University, and have been teaching the guitar since 2001.

In 2000 I was awarded the Auckland University’s Reardon Postgraduate/Honours Scholarship, and won first prize in the senior category of the Classical Guitar Society of Auckland’s annual guitar competition. In 2001 I was the first guitarist ever to complete a Masters Degree with first class honours in performance at Auckland University. In 2012 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) at the Auckland University with a specialisation in music education.

Amongst other performing engagements I have appeared as guest soloist with the Auckland Youth Orchestra’s 2001 performance of Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D major at the Viaduct Harbour. I have played in masterclasses for many internationally renowned guitarists including Jason Vieaux, Johannes Monno, Marco Schmidt, John Mills, Stefan Rak, and Omar Cyrulnik.

If you’d like to contact me for lessons or a performance engagement, or would like more information please visit my website at

Teaching Info

I follow the syllabus of the Trinity College London, and teach all my students to read music. Lessons include musicianship, tone production, left & right hand technique, posture, sight reading, scales, arpeggios, chords, rhythm, & exam preparation.

All skill levels and ages are welcome. The location of the lessons can be seen at the link below:

Additionally lessons are also offered at the following locations and cater to the surrounding areas:

Botany Downs