About Us

The Music Education Story

We’ve been teaching music lessons in Auckland since 1981.

We’re passionate about what we do and the benefits that learning to play a musical instrument provides.

Our specialist lessons are for children as young as 3-and-a-half. We offer one-on-one lessons for children over 7, as well as for teens and adults. These lessons are adapted to each student’s ability and to the style of music they’d like to learn.

We offer music lessons designed for fun or to help prepare students for taking an exam.


We help students prepare for internationally recognised music exams from organisations like Rockschool, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and Trinity College

When it comes to teaching music, particularly to children, there are some things we firmly believe:

  • Everyone should have the opportunity to learn music and how to play an instrument
  • Students don’t need to show any special musical talent in order to learn and play an instrument
  • Every child has the ability to make music and enjoy making music

With 95 teachers, 4 Auckland locations in, Glenfield, Henderson, Ponsonby and Howick and onsite lessons at 40 schools – we cater to a wide range of student needs.

We also offer online lessons.

We would love to support you on your musical journey.

Book a call to find out if music lessons are right for you or your child

0800 89 39 39

Affilliated Member


Since 2000 the Music Education Centre has been affiliated with the international “Forte School of Music”. This network of music schools offers award winning music courses around the world – from the UK to Australia and of course here in New Zealand. Our centre is proud to be associated with this organisation, and offer some of their specialist piano/keyboard programmes at our North Shore, West Auckland, and Ponsonby locations. In the Eastern Suburbs, we offer the complete “Forte” experience, with our school in Howick offering tuition to all ages from pre-school to adult.
Examination Platforms


Music Education Centre students have the choice of preparing for external music examination and assessment. As lessons are structured to individual student needs, our teachers use a variety of syllabuses from some of the world’s most highly respected examination boards. Whether you want to sit for classical exams through bodies such as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, or Trinity, or perhaps want a contemporary qualification through Rockschool’s UK based programmes, we can prepare you from beginner level through to diploma.

Meet the team

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Marcel Riethmann AIRMT, ATDNZ, APDNZ, BEd (Massey), Dip Tching

Marcel founded the Music Education Centre in 1981. As an accomplished accordion player - having represented New Zealand at world accordion competitions - he wanted to share his love of music. The Music Education Centre has allowed him to have a career doing what he loves and inspiring young people to grow and fulfil their potential through music - no matter which direction they choose to go in life.

Lionel Reekie AIRMT

As one of the Music Education Centre’s first students back in the early 1980s, Lionel has gone on to experience a wide variety of musical opportunities in New Zealand and around the world. As an accordionist, he has performed in over 14 countries. He has sung as a soloist with orchestras as far afield as Russia and Canada and conducted accordion orchestras in the USA, Australia, China and NZ. Lionel is no stranger to the recording studio, having released 3 solo albums, and been featured as a guest on many other recordings. He has also performed at Vector (now Spark) Arena for the APRA Silver Scrolls.

Lionel teaches accordion at the Music Education Centre and as manager and co-owner of the centre hopes that some of its students will also have the opportunity to enjoy a life full of musical possibilities.
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