Studio news 2020 ūüé∂

ūüĒČ23/03/2020:¬†All lessons take place online from now until further notice

ūüéĻ We will have a¬†musical gathering in the 2nd week of term two. It's the¬†first online concert for most of us! Come and join us, either to watch or play a piece. It'll be great to see everyone again. More information will be sent via email.

ūüéĻ¬†The chart for the 30 & 40 Piece Challenge is up on the studio wall. There are prizes for reaching the¬†milestones of playing 30 - 40 pieces per year. This is a good way to learn a variety of pieces and improve sight-reading. All¬†students are encouraged to participate in this challenge.¬†

ūüéĻ¬†Congratulations to Arnav for achieving distinction at his piano exam. In 2020 we already have 3 students who have played 40 pieces!¬†Great job!¬†


Beth teaches at Ridgway school and from her home.  Her studio is located close to Owhiro Bay School (5min drive from Brooklyn village). Vacancy is limited. Please email to register your interest. bethchen@bethchenpiano.com

Beth has taught piano for the past 20 years in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and England, both privately and for music foundations. She can prepare students for all grade levels, including ATCL/Diploma and beyond. Beth is a friendly and approachable teacher for students of all ages. Lessons for children are reward based and fun.

Her home studio is equipped with a Kawai grand piano and seating area. Parents are welcome to join in the second part of the lesson for mini performances and progress updates. Highlights of piano pieces played in lessons are added to the student's private collection of Performances playlist on youtube.

Exams and piano competitions are encouraged but never mandatory. Students are taught theory, technical studies and a variety of piano repertoire (classical, jazz, pop etc). A typical lesson for a beginner includes 1-2 pieces from method book, note-reading app and theory. For an intermediate student includes Hanon (agility), Czerny (sight-reading/technique), 2 piano pieces of own choice and theory.  Additional elements are added as needed. Student also perform in a student concert at the end of each term. Beth's focus points are on building a solid technique, expanding musical understanding and to foster a life-long love for music.