The Piano Teacher
I have been a student of Peter for at least 5 years now and a can safely say he is a great teacher. Peter let me learn what I wanted as well teaching me the fundamentals to music. He has helped me through many different genres of piano and is always enthusiastic when I want to try something new. Peter always goes above and beyond. But most importantly he is really easy to get along with.
I had lessons from Peter over at least 15 years. I decided as a mature student that I wanted to expand my classical background into the jazz and impovision space. Peter is a very patient and extremely talented teacher who coaxed me through the change in approach, the new termnology and event to the point of supressing my nerves and taking part in live workshops with a drummer and bass player. Peter has an unassuming manner and the talent to modify his teaching style to the needs of his student. He has an amazing broad knowledge of music across all genres and I would strongly recommend him to anyone at any age who wants to learn to play.
Peter has been teaching my son for 2 years, since he was 7 years old. I was keen for a teacher who would be flexible for different music styles and learning preferences, and he has definitely delivered on this hope. My son is quite shy but Peter has been great with him, allowing the relationship to develop at its own pace. He is very relaxed and friendly, not to mention an obviously natural musician himself. We are sad to be losing him due to upcoming relocation.
I have had piano lessons with Peter for about 6 years and I've really enjoyed them. During my lessons I would learn a range of pieces as well as additional theory as I went along to help me understand my pieces better. I learnt jazz piano which I love and really enjoy playing - with this I learnt how to understand the different chord symbols, ideas and ways to voice the chords, how to play improv as well as many other useful skills. Additionally, Peter would help me with my compositions and would give me suggestions on how to improve them. He also helped me learn about recording music - which was often through experimentation to see what types of mics would work best and how to set everything up, and then how to produce the recordings with changing the settings and using software. The frequent playing groups were a great low key opportunity to perform. Peter is such a talented musician himself so learning piano from him was inspiring. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning piano from Peter and have learnt many useful skills to help me grow as a musician.
I've been learning from Peter for the last couple of years. His diverse musical background and taste makes it easy to bring up any topic. He's encourages me to bring along things to work on that I'm interested in, as well as offering exercises and pieces to fill in the gaps. The relaxing nature of the lessons has helped me develop not only in many musical areas, but also with my performance anxiety. Having the chance to perform at the routine playing groups also really helped with this. The relaxed nature of the lessons provides a great atmosphere, without detracting from the quality. I've really enjoyed the strides of progress I've managed to take under Peters tutelage.
I've had piano lesson from Peter for over a year as an adult learner, having just taken up the instrument. My musical interests are fairly diverse and Peter has been superb at helping me with everything from classical to prog rock, jazz and pop. I like Peter's relaxed style and attention to detail, helping me to become aware of all the subtitles of piano beyond hitting the right keys at the right time. I am amazed at the progress I've made in a year and would attribute much of that to Peter's help. Learning piano is fun and Peter is a great guy to help you.
I have been receiving lessons from Peter for 5 years and he has been amazing! Since the beginning Peter has created an encouraging atmosphere and has always catered to my needs. He has made playing the piano very enjoyable and taught me life-long skills. He is an excellent Piano teacher!
My daughter has been receiving piano lessons from Peter for 3 years, since she was 7 and most weeks I sit in on the lesson. Peter is the perfect piano teacher for children, as he keeps it interesting and exciting for them, is approachable and friendly, gently brings them back on track when their focus wanders and seems to have an endless supply of patience. I am not sure that many piano teachers could connect so well and bring out the best in their students the way Peter does. We have been very impressed.
I have been having piano lessons with Peter for 11 years now and it has been one of the best things I have ever done. Peter is very positive and encouraging in his teaching and this style has certainly helped me to improve as a pianist. He has an extensive knowledge of the genres of piano music and he has a way of explaining things that is very easy to understand. Over my years with Peter I have completed the 5 grades of Jazz piano, had instruction in theory and in more recent times have been free to find my own pieces (ranging from 20th century pop to classical) and learn them with Peter which he has been more than happy to do. Another aspect of learning that Peter offers and encourages are the playing groups that are held at the end of each school term where pupils perform in front of one another. This has been something that has certainly helped not just my piano playing but also has also improved my public speaking and has given me more confidence in situations where I would have once been nervous and shy. Learning a musical instrument is something that I would strongly encourage as I have seen the positive impacts that this has had for me - the piano being one that introduces and enhances many skills that you can take forward and incorporate into all faculties of your life. Peter is incredibly easy to talk to and get along with and this has made my experience of learning with him something that I will always be grateful for and appreciative of.
I have been learning the piano from Peter for over one year now and I've only had positive and constructive lessons. Peter was willing to cover all types of music with me and always stayed positive. Over the year he's improved my piano skills and has also helped with getting me through my music school grades. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Peter.
I initially came to Peter after several years of tuition under a strict, exam orientated piano tutor, which was not a style I reacted very well to. Peter's much more laid back and casual and yet focussed attitude is what I have found to be much more beneficial to my playing, and I have enjoyed my 8 or so years under his tuition. If you are more focussed on having a strict, rigid environment to learn an instrument in then Peter is probably not the man for you but if you want to actually enjoy learning an instrument while still getting the skills and results which you seek, whether it be in playing groups or exams, then I highly recommend Peter.
I have been learning from Peter for a few years now after many years away from the piano having given it up in my teens. I had the intention of learning jazz/pop pieces straight from the sheet but he quickly got me soloing, which I initially thought I would not have the creativity for and would find too challenging. But guess what, it worked (after a while). What I like about Peter is he tries to get you to find what you like in music and work on that. With any piece he encourages you to experiment until you find one thing that works for you and then develop that, and ultimately put your own individuality on the piece and make it something uniquely yours. I think that ultimately he has the art in mind (although he has plenty of the critical bread and butter technique exercises). He as a wealth of knowledge across different styles and ages of music and always is good for a conversation about musical styles and artists. He teaches based on your interests and where you want to go, but also he's intuitive and knows if you're getting carried away trying too much etc. Great guy.
I came to Peter at very short notice, yet he was still welcoming and happy to take me on. I was only with him for a short amount of time but he helped me with my goal of achieving a satisfying result for my solo performance in music NCEA leave 1. He also taught me theory and composition. He was willing to cover all types of music and was always cheerful with a positive vibe. Peter was very patient, and continued to explain things I didn't understand until i did. Overall, Peter is a wonderful music tutor, i would highly recommend him for a piano teacher.
I have been learning from Peter since I was 7 years old and am about to finish now after 11 years of fantastic tuition as I am leaving Wellington. Over that time I have learned classical, pop, and jazz piano thanks to Peter and have been guided through the Royal School of Music's five jazz piano grades. Peter can teach a variety of music from Mozart to Bill Evans to Coldplay and he is always exploring new songs to show students if they might be interested or to inspire. Peter has always been a persistently cheerful, encouraging, and patient teacher who has put up with my early clanging of the keys and provided me with a strong technical grounding as well as a love of the piano. He always goes out of his way to help me whether it be finding me music, organising playing groups and rhythm sections, and even putting sheet music in my letterbox. He is extraordinarily easy to get along with and is genuinely interested in my life not just teaching me piano. His unwavering positivity and passion for piano has been exceptional and I am sad to have to leave his tutelage but will continue to play ably thanks to Peter's teaching.
Peter has been my teacher for nigh on a decade, first starting when I was in the early stages of primary school. His teaching style is encouraging, warm, supportive and inspiring. He is both supportive and challenging and creates an environment where I feel any student can play what will make them happy to play. He has an extensive knowledge of a number of styles and creates an easy balance between these, combining, for example, training in classical technique and Jazz improvisation. He provides students with a number of valuable and challenging opportunities, notably the chance to play with New Zealand School of Music students in a jazz trio setting several times a year and small recitals with fellow students. Peter is wonderfully easy to get along with and has been an inspiration not just to my playing, but other aspects of life as well.
Ive been learning from Peter for many years now and has been a fantastic, positive experience. Ive learnt a lot of great skills, techniques, theory, etc playing Jazz and have been on many workshops. I highly recommend to anyone
I have been learning from Peter for over 4 years now and have had only positive and constructive lessons that are still fun and interesting. Peter is very easy going and supportive no matter how seriously you approach it as long as you try and has really helped me improve my piano skills which I will cherish, and utilize. I would highly recommend taking lessons with him.
I received tuition from Peter for one year as I had to improve my piano skills in order to gain entry into a Masters programme at the NZSM. He listened to exactly what I needed to learn and tailored my weekly lessons to suit. His knowledge of Jazz and theory were especially helpful and he always ensured lessons were interesting and engaging so I would always leave feeling invigorated and keen to practise for the following lesson. With Peter's help my piano playing has improved dramatically after only one year and I've now successfully completed the audition for the programme I was striving for. Peter is wonderful to work with and genuinely interested in sharing his passion for the piano with others, I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Peter had taught me for 3 Years now. I have enjoyed my sessions with him and he is always positive. He also had given me very constructive feedback about what to improve on. Peter is a wonderful music tutor.
Peter has been teaching me for about 7 years and it has been a very fun experience. He has taught me a range of different musical skills like jazz, classical, pop, theory and composition. The opportunity to play in a jazz rhythm workshop with a drummer and bassist has been especially good and very helpful for my advance in jazz piano. Peter is an easy going, relaxed teacher who still manages to teach you a lot and is easy to get along with.
My son has been receiving tuition from Peter for around 8 years and the experience has only been positive. Peter has taken my son from his first notes on the piano to successful completion of Grade 5 Jazz which includes instruction on theory, performance and improvisation. There has been ample opportunity to play in front of others including with a rhythym section. Peter has been been happy to go the extra mile and his quiet, encouraging and nurturing approach has helped my son to become a more than capable musician.