We’re the music school for people of all ages, right here in Auckland



We’ve been teaching students the art of music since 1980. Under the leadership of Marcel Riethmann (Director) and Lionel Reekie (Manager), our school has changed the lives of thousands of people.

As we continue to build a strong reputation in the Auckland communities as a leader in music education, we’re dedicating resources to grow and develop our programmes for musicians of all ages. The school caters to approximately 1500 students each week, being taught by over 90 teachers across our North Shore, West Auckland and Central Auckland locations.

The school is founded on the promotion of education, performance and creative activity. We strive to cultivate strong bonds between students, families and communities.

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What instruments are taught?


Accordion, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Recorder, Saxophone, Singing, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Piano, Keyboard, Guitar.

How much are tuition fees?


Basic fees for an individual lesson:

  • $32.90 per half-hour lesson
  • $49.35 per 45 minute lesson
  • $65.80 per hour

Students in our great Forte School of Music Classes are invoiced in 10 week blocks based on $259 per term.
There is a one off enrollment fee of $69.90 for students that have not learnt with us before.

Please note:
There are a variety of options to help meet individual requirements, our lesson fees depend upon which of our programmes you choose. Contact one of our helpful team and we can advise which of our programmes best meets your needs and the costs involved.


What are the courses fees?


Price as given per course.

What is the tuition length?

20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.

How can we be sure that our teacher is right for us?

All our teachers are trained. Should the student needs mean a change of teacher is appropriate, our management team will make sure that another teacher is more effectively matched to meet the needs of the student.

How do I enrol?

Call: 0800 102 380, or enquire now.

What level of tuition – beginners or advanced?

We teach all levels, from beginner to advanced students.

Do I need my own instrument?

Yes. You should have an instrument at home to practice between lessons. Whilst we have pianos, keyboards and drums at the centres, students of other instruments will need to bring their instrument to each lesson.

Can I hire an instrument?

Yes. Our industry partners will assist. Please call: 0800 89 39 39

How do I pay?

We accept, credit card, cash, cheque, EFTPOS or direct credit. All payment is invoiced in advance. Lesson fees not paid may attract a late fee of $15 per month outstanding

Do you give refunds?

We start with an over the phone assessment and then try you or your child out with an instrument and teacher. If something’s not right, we will adjust the plan until it is, in the unlikely event we can’t get it right in the first month, we’ll give your money back, no questions asked.

After that following the requirements of the Consumer Guarantees Act, a refund can only be given is the centre is unable to provide the service that has been booked and paid for. With this in mind, students should expect to complete all lessons that they have paid for. Alternatively, students will be offered vouchers to the value of their overpayment so that they can use the lessons at some time in the future.

Privacy Policy

Personal information from our customers is only shared with the Music Education Centre, staff, teachers and associated agencies and will not be shared with 3rd parties for marketing purposes.


Testimonial By Parent
“I would just like to commend you on your teaching style. Grace is loving her flute. I don’t care that she doesn’t sit exams, just as long as she loves learning the flute. Thank you for being such a great teacher for her.”
Testimonial By Kim and Rus
“My son has been learning the accordion at MEC since he was seven… My daughter has been learning since she was 8 yrs.

I didn’t realise when we started just how much they would gain from music lessons, the important life skills learnt along the way. Music has encouraged commitment, enhanced memory & confidence…”

Testimonial By Aiden (Via Facebook)
“The Music Education Centre ROCKS! I wouldn’t learn anywhere else. If you aren’t already learning how to play an instrument with MEC, you should definitely start now! what are you waiting for?! :D”
Testimonial By Pauline (Via Facebook)
“I love music because, it makes me laugh, cry, dance like a lunatic, makes me remember good ‘ole memories. I like going to lessons with my teacher because he’s really good and fairly strict and knows how to make learning fun! hahaha music is like a Bubble bath to my ears!!!!!!!!! MEC, U rock!!!”
Testimonial By Laura (Via Facebook)
“Hey… I’m playing guitar and loving it!! It’s amazing how it can change your mood with just one strum! My teacher (CHENNY!!!) is sooooo good at the guitar and teaches bass guitar as well :). I love music because… it music! Whats not to love? It’s fun just playing along to songs! It’s kinda like a language – musicians can understand and relate, but others are just as happy to watch! One time my cat plucked my b string – who says cats can’t play guitar? :)”


Send us an email to get In touch or call us on: 0800 102 380

You’re never too old to start playing an instrument and we’ve got the courses to teach you