About Mara Kelland

Mara Kelland is a licensed Simply Music Piano and Inner Musician Play A Story teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from AUT and a Certificate in Freelance Journalism from the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies. Through all her studies, music was her constant companion and is her first love.

Concert Reviews

I have been to about 4 virtual shows the past 2 years. Judy Collins (my favourite popular singer twice.) Also saw Tom Paxton and various other people he has been working with since 2018 - two shows. in this post I will briefly review them all. Also the Auckland Choral show I saw recently. The [...]

New Year 2022!

Well it has been a very long time since I was on this blog. I will attempt to give it more love this year. COVID-19, the "Novel Corona Virus" has progressivley taken over our lives but hopefully soon we will get back to a new or old normal. At Red level here in New Zealand, [...]

New Year and planning

Well it's 2021 and I hope all's going well with you and yours.   Teaching has recommenced with the school year here in New Zealand. I have slots available on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings and look forward to seeing new and old faces.   Re COVID-19 - it's a very interesting time we live [...]

Re-opening Physical studio

Hello Everybody! The school holidays [Winter break] have just begun here in New Zealand. As we are now at alert level 1 and things are returning to a new normal, I am pleased to announce that I will reopen my physical studio with the beginning of the new school term. Working with my current students [...]

Help Make my next Recored in 2021

Hello everybody- Join me on a creative journey alongside my teaching. In 2021 I hope to begin work on a new album but I need your help. There are live streams coming with chances to donate if you like what you hear. If you want to help me make the next great folk album click [...]

More COVID19 planning

While Italy is singing from the rooftops and others are behind the piano, New Zealand is preparing for lockdown as of midnight tonight, Wednesday. I am pasting below the email i sent to all of you re continuing piano lessons. Hello all- I am writing this as a group email as things are happening way [...]

COVID19 response plan

I am very much looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow but wanted to put this in writing so we’re all on the same page. The Novel Corona Virus, COVID19, is here. I want to keep seeing you all for lessons face-to-face for as long as possible to keep things normal. If we have to [...]

Some tips on being better pianists 3: The Importance of listening

Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) came to the conclusion by the end of his life that listening was more important than practising. He had many things wrong about technique on the violin but this he did have right - listening to high quality recordings is important. That's why you are given the foundation recordings as part of [...]