Anita has a natural ability to encourage and engage younger students, sharing with them something she really enjoys. Because Anita began music young (aged 5) she is patient and kind, understanding both the fun and difficulties involved with learning an instrument, lessons and personal practice.
Anita believes lessons should teach students how to play their chosen instrument well, but also how to appreciate music, encourage personal growth and an investigative nature whilst feeling proud of themselves and their achievements. As these are the qualities in teachers that have made the difference to her as a musician she uses them to inspire and motivate her own students too.
Anita completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) majoring in Classical Performance, French Horn in November 2017 with Nicola Baker and Emma Eden at the University of Auckland. During her studies she was awarded an Auckland University Summer Research Scholarship that looked at teaching brass to 5-7 year olds via age-appropriate pedagogies, was a 2017 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Fellowship student and 2016 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Intern. She has been the principal horn of the Auckland Youth Orchestra from 2014 – 2016 and member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. She currently works as a freelance horn player with ensembles such as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra as well as chamber music ensembles and teaching her studio of horn, trumpet and harp students. In February 2018 she moves to Brisbane to complete a Masters of Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium.
Testimonials from past students:
Anita, you have been an amazing teacher for April. She has gone from strength to strength under your guidance. She has loved going to trumpet lessons because you make it so much fun, and always made an effort to have a good/friendly relationship with her. I appreciated the way you were always thinking of different ways you could keep the learning fresh for her, such as sending links to youtube clips, making up games for her for her to keep her practicing in lots of different ways. You got her to think really creatively about her music - she really got on board with the concept of making up a story to go with her piece. Helping her to organise playing opportunities was a key driver. Examples were: guiding her towards being exam-ready, playing duets with another student for fun, performing for family members, putting on house concerts. You pushed her to play her best, and encouraged her to put in a lot of effort. You also managed to keep the lessons fun. You always seemed to hit the right tone with her. I think you did this by being interested in her as a person. You had faith that she could achieve what you asked of her. Many many thanks for teaching April.
Miriam, (parent of an 11-year-old trumpet student)
To whom it concerns:
Anita is a gifted musician and teacher. She taught my son trumpet and the progress he made in a short space of time was wonderful. Her focus on fundamentals and technique was very much appreciated. She has a wonderful manner for younger students (my son was eight years old when taught by Anita), with the right balance of fun and focus in each lesson.
I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
Pauline, (parent of 8-year-old trumpet student)
Anita Austin is a brilliant teacher. She brings energy & enthusiasm & is very engaged in the job. I feel she genuinely wants me to grow & improve. She encourages me to push myself & take on challenges & is constantly suggesting new strategies to help me move forward in my playing. And I believe she goes above & beyond a typical teacher, sharing links, videos, new music between lessons too! Thank you, Anita, for all your tips!
Kirsty, (adult horn student)