At UC performance study in piano, you join a creative community that offers an important stepping stone for your future career. We provide you with a diverse range of skills in your journey to becoming a pragmatic, creative and compelling artist. These are crucial qualities to building a career in music today, whatever your chosen path. 

Piano teaching staff

Tim Emerson is our primary piano teacher at UC. With over 25 years of teaching students of all ages, Tim is brings vast experience as a performer in solo, chamber music, accompanying, and improvisation.

Learning and performing

Performance study at UC involves weekly performance classes, and this includes one devoted to the piano. In addition to masterclasses, you can expect to explore ensemble piano music and improvisation in this class, in addition to exciting examples of new(er) music.

We also offer courses in chamber music and orchestral music, and plenty of opportunities to further your performance interests. You can audition for the UC’s Christchurch Youth Orchestra, join our Balinese gamelan, the Consortia chamber choir, or participate in Contemporary Workshop for those pursuing contemporary forms of expression from jazz to rock, folk and experimental pop. 

Our community of UC performance students comes together weekly for a combined performance workshop. This forum offers career advice, exploration of challenging new and experimental ensemble projects, guest artists’ presentations on their pathway in music and a platform for peer-to-peer playing.


Both our UC Arts Centre and Ilam locations have a number of grand, baby-grand and upright pianos available for lessons with your teacher and rehearsing. These are regularly tuned and cared for to ensure sound is not compromised.

Find out more

Talk to our performance staff about studying Piano at UC School of Music