IAN LOGAN - PIANO, KEYBOARD & MUSIC THEORY WELLINGTON MUSIC TEACHER
Ian grew up in a family where everyone played an instrument and so he started off his piano studies at an early age with Elsie Federoff, a teacher originally from the Netherlands, who was teaching in the house next door to his by the sea in Island Bay. Later he went to Doris Sheppard studying harmony and composition as well as performance. Doris Sheppard had been a star student of Tobias Matthay – one of the great British piano teachers.
Ian achieved ATCL in piano performance under their tutelage and feels he couldn’t have wished for better teachers to start him off on piano. Though they taught mostly classical music their knowledge and passion for music rubbed off and was a great preparation for his next learning adventure – jazz piano and composition.
That came about almost by chance when Ian met a singer who was looking for an accompanist where knowledge of jazz and improvisation was essential. This required some extra help from another musical maestro who although a saxophone player, was just the right person to help him develop his ability to play jazz and improvise. Together they have performed in some famous venues in London like ‘The Vortex’, ‘Larry’s Room’ and ‘Le Croquenote’ in Paris.
Ian is an experienced teacher with a Diploma of Teaching. He is experienced in classroom teaching as well as private one on one teaching. Ian also lived in London and Scotland where he was teaching piano to a great range of students – from younger ones who had just learnt to read, to some adults who were well-known journalists!
Ian thinks his own teachers were extremely generous with their time and very encouraging and so he likes to carry this tradition on with his own piano teaching – he really enjoys sharing their inspiration and special skills with a new generation of learners!
Besides playing piano he is an accomplished artist (especially landscape), has run art galleries and, every so often, will take on acting work as well.