RACHEL SWINDELLS - KEYBOARD, PIANO AND ENCORE! TOTS & KIDS MUSIC CLASSES, MUSIC COORDINATOR FOR ENCORE! SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Rachel hails from Dunedin, where she studied for both an Honours degree in Organ Performance, and a PhD in Musicology. During her studies, Rachel worked for the Yamaha Music School, teaching both groups of young learners and private pupils the piano. She also has several years’ experience as a University Lecturer, working particularly in the areas of Music Theory and History; as a result, Rachel is experienced in teaching and relating to both children and adults.
More importantly, however, Rachel is a diversely experienced musician who believes music making should be fun! Her experiences and qualifications include Licentiate Diplomas in Organ, being a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, extensive experience as a chorister and accompanist at St
Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, solo piano playing, repetiteur work and accompanying for singers, orchestral percussion, and even pipe band drumming (which has taken her all over the world)! She is now very happily based in Wellington and looking forward to meeting new pupils.
"I have found Rachel to be a great teacher with an invaluable in-depth knowledge of music at many levels. Rachel is an expert piano teacher and has helped me prepare for my grade 8 piano exams. Rachel at every point has corrected and 'tuned' my playing at the finest level. She patiently found and ironed out all the little quirks in my technique, which is exactly what a student needs at this level. I too appreciate her in-depth understanding of music as she provides a detailed historical context around techniques and music. Rachel is one of the best piano teachers I've been taught by." Peter de Vocht, piano student
"My family and I are privileged to have Rachel as a music teacher. Rachel taught my son, Leon in group lessons several years ago, and I attended Rachel’s music theory lectures at Otago University last year. In both contexts, I was impressed by Rachel’s sensitivity to recognise learners’ levels, create positive and fun learning environments, and communicate clearly and effectively to all students. Above all, Rachel’s contagious enthusiasm motivated students to overcome challenges and learn more. I believe any music students will benefit from Rachel’s exceptional talent as a music educator."