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Xiao Lu

Piano Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: BMus(Hons) at University of Auckland
  • Styles: Classical Piano
  • Suitability: Any age and levels


Xiao Lu was born in China in 1990. She started learning piano at the age of 4, and settled in New Zealand in 2000. Xiao has studied piano under tuition of Gian Franco Ricci, Stephen de Pledge and Qu Yong. She completed her Bachelor of Music in 2012 and Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2014. During the years in university, she also specialized in Music education and Chamber music. Xiao continued to develop her professional standard after she left university, and became an associate member of IRMT (the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand). She also joined the New Zealand Asia Pacific Music Association in 2015. Xiao is experienced with stage performance and competitions. In Te Awamutu Competition,  she came second in the Mozart Prize.



Private lessons since 2008

Able Music Studio- group class, theory/aural class, one-on-one

Maple’s Music- one-on-one

Teaching Info

Xiao is experienced in teaching beginners and grades (ABRSM). For giving her best to the young beginners, she attended the Professional Development of Randall Faber Piano Adventures Tour. Among her students who have done grade exams, 99% passed above Merit in Practical and 100% passed with Distinction in Theory. Yet, Xiao thinks that grade exams are self-tests instead of goals in piano learning.

Xiao believes the beginning of learning the piano is important. The way a child begins to learn and the foundation they build affects their learning progress and outcome in the future.  Xiao gives professional tuition combined with traditional method and contemporary pedagogy. Students will learn to hear, see, feel and create. They will not only learn how to play the piano with fingers, but with mind and heart.