Introducing our team of MUSIC teachers...
Katarzyna (Katherine) Slomian-Mazek joined Lewis Eady in 2016 and teaches piano, keyboard, Musical Jam and Blast-off for us at St Josephs Orakei, Maungawhau, Orakei, Ponsonby, Freemans Bay, Marist and Westmere Primary Schools. Recently arrived in New Zealand from Poland, Katherine has been teaching piano, music and movement to students of all ages since 2009 – privately, in preschools and for music schools in Poland. Katherine achieved her Master of Arts (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and also her Master of English Philology in the specialisation of culture-media-translation at the University of Silesia in Katowice. A recipient of many music awards, Katherine also brings experience to her lessons from her appointments as summer camp counsellor and dance teacher and as a Zumba instructor!
Cam Taylor joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2016 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Maungawhau, Westmere and Sancta Maria Primary Schools. Recipient of several music awards at Takapuna Grammar School, first in course award for MUS 340 and winner of the Rive Memorial Scholarship, Cam completed his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland in 2013. Cam has been tutoring piano, music theory, maths and Japanese in Auckland since 2010 in addition to time spent teaching English in schools in Kobe, Japan. Cam sings and plays in various musical groups around New Zealand including The Blackbird Ensemble, Annah Mac, Ruby Frost and Jackie Thomas. Cam currently plays in the band Human Music and with fellow Lewis Eady tutor, Lucas Hanson in their band the Pyschs.
Andrew Robinson joined Lewis Eady in 2017 teaching violin for us at Epsom Primary School and Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Andrew started playing violin at the age of five and has enjoyed playing in many performance situations such as the National Youth Orchestra, has been a two-time grand finalist in the National chamber music competition and works with Sistema. Andrew is now focused on pedagogy - the study of one's chosen instrument. Being a performer and a teacher Andrew understands what it takes to learn and enjoy what you do, and aspires to teach in a way that lets his pupils reach their goals.
Brent McGarva who joined Lewis Eady in 2005 teaches at Lewis Eady Rock School in the school holidays. Brent is a secondary school teacher, holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Auckland and Grade 8 Piano. He teaches music at Aorere College where his special focus is working with the school's rock bands. Brent writes and performs both classical and rock music and is the Principal Coach of the Lewis Eady Rock School.
Charlotte West who joined Lewis Eady in 2011 teaches singing at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Rd, Epsom). Charlotte takes singing students of all ages and skill levels and has a particular interest in rehabilitating damaged voices. She works with her students to grow their confidence, understand their individual voice and identify and achieve their particular singing goals. As well as teaching commitments, Charlotte works as a voiceover artist for Mediaworks Radio and TVNZ and enjoys regular singing and musical theatre gigs. Charlotte has a degree in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre from NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts) in Christchurch.
Christina Huang who joined Lewis Eady Music School this year teaches keyboard, piano and Musical Jam for us at Stonefields and Glendowie Primary Schools. Christina achieved her Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance and her Diploma in Primary School Teaching at the University of Auckland. She has also been involved in many choirs including Auckland Youth Choir. Christina has been teaching piano and theory in various music schools in New Zealand and Australia for over 15 years. She especially enjoys teaching children from beginner to advanced level. Christina aims to provide a fun, stimulating and challenging learning environment for her students. Her lessons include a wide range of music - classical, jazz, pop and world music.
Nick Brightwell who joined Lewis Eady in 2015 teaches guitar at Ponsonby, Marist and Epsom Normal Primary Schools and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Nick studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in American Fingerstyle Guitar, a unique degree offered only in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He also completed a certificate in Rock’n’Roll Studies whilst living in the USA. Nick was the first international student to graduate from the degree program and has brought his skills back to Auckland to share with acoustic guitarists. In his studies he completed surveys in Flamenco and pre-war Delta Blues guitar. Primarily a solo performer of instrumental music, Nick brings a unique understanding of acoustic guitar performance to the Lewis Eady team.
Christo Karadjov who joined Lewis Eady in 2016 teaches clarinet and saxophone at our Great South Music School. Christo started learning clarinet through Lewis Eady at the age of 10 and has recently received his LTCL diploma in clarinet performance. Currently, Christo is studying towards his Bachelor of Music degree at The University of Auckland. Christo has won scholarships and numerous awards in solo and chamber music competitions. He has years of experience performing in concerts as well as playing in many orchestras and bands. Christo also enjoys playing guitar and producing/recording music and working in the Lewis Eady Retail Showroom!
Emma McNab joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2016 and teaches flute for us at Ponsonby Primary School and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Currently studying towards her Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Classical Performance (flute) at the University of Auckland, Emma grew up in New Plymouth where she also spent time teaching at her local Music School. Flute and piccolo are Emma’s primary instruments and Emma is also proficient in saxophone which she played in concert bands, jazz bands and in a saxophone quartet whilst at secondary school. Having developed her love of flute supported by a strong musical community which proudly encourages young performers, Emma is now enjoying sharing the musical knowledge she has gained with our young musicians.
Denny Chou who joined Lewis Eady in 2010 teaches piano at Balmoral School, Royal Oak, Maungawhau and Ponsonby Primary Schools. In 2008 Denny was the Symphonic Band Leader at Tauranga Girls’ College. She moved to Auckland in 2009 and achieved a BMus majoring in Piano Performance (Honours) in 2011. Denny also holds ATCL with distinction in piano and grade 7 in flute.
Dominic Blaazer who joined Lewis Eady in 2011 teaches guitar, ukulele, Musical Jam and keyboard at St Leo’s Devonport, Takapuna, Marist and Ponsonby Primary Schools. Dom also teaches band instruments (woodwind and brass) at Ponsonby Primary. Born and raised in Jamaica, he played the tuba through school in the UK then trained in London as a chef in the early ’80s. Believing that musicians were saner than chefs he ran away to start a band. Since arriving in Auckland in 1992, Dom has played live, toured and recorded with a wide selection of artists including The Chills, The Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist, John Rowles, Ray Columbus, Garageland, Jan Hellriegel, Goldenhorse, The Clean and SJD. He plays a wide range of instruments including the Theremin (the world’s only non-contact musical instrument) and currently plays for Don McGlashan, The Reputations soul revue and The Trains. His favourite instruments are his vintage Hammond organ, record player and pasta machine.
Edwin Dolbel who joined Lewis Eady in 2014 teaches bass guitar for us at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Edwin has completed a diploma in contemporary music performance at MAINZ and is currently studying towards his Bachelor of Music (jazz performance). Edwin is passionate about teaching and has been playing bass guitar sing he was 10. He gigs regularly around Auckland, plays and teaches a wide range of styles - jazz, rock, funk, blues, and metal.
Felipe Simonetto who joined Lewis Eady in 2012 teaches acoustic and electric guitar bass guitar and ukulele at Richmond Road, Maungawhau and Balmoral Primary Schools and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Felipe also enjoys coaching several Rock Bands for us - both privately and at school, and is one of our very popular holiday Rock School tutors. Felipe completed two years of his Bachelor of Music degree at Fiamm-Faam University in Brazil, then achieved a certificate in SET UP (stage configuration, pedals, racks, amplifiers and others) and Diplomas in Structural Music Language and Performing Electric Guitars from The Music Institute Sao Paulo. Felipe began teaching guitar in 2002 and also brings extensive performance experience to our team. Felipe performed regularly in Auckland and around the globe as guitarist in Batucada Sound Machine.
Bianca Rocca who joined Lewis Eady in 2015 teaches piano and keyboard for us at Ponsonby Primary School. Currently working towards her Grade 8 examination in piano, Bianca is passionate about teaching and has been playing piano since she was 7. Bianca also sings and plays guitar –gigging regularly around Auckland. She plays a wide range of instruments - piano, double bass, guitar, vocals, ukulele, recorder and many genres of music - jazz, rock, pop, and folk. Currently in her third year of study at Elam School of Fine Arts, Bianca is especially thrilled to be sharing her love of music and art with the children of Ponsonby Primary – her old primary school!
Greg Dallison who joined Lewis Eady in 2011 teaches guitar and ukulele at Maungawhau and Royal Oak Primary Schools, Balmoral School and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Greg studied at the Nelson School of Music where he gained a Merit pass in Contemporary Music and went on to study at Teachers College. Greg has been teaching full time in Auckland for 15 years and is passionate about teaching beginner students. “I love being able to see students enjoying playing music, getting progressively better and becoming capable musicians”.
Will Allardice who joined Lewis Eady in 2014 teaches guitar, electric bass, ukulele and mandolin. Will started playing guitar at school (both classical and pop styles) and after university, completed Trinity classical grades and has been teaching students of all ages – beginner to advanced, in the Wellington region for over 25 years. Will’s interest in music/guitar ranges from early classical to the present day so he has an extensive collection of teaching material and expertise. Will plays classical concerts and also electric guitar in a covers band. An old boy of St Patrick’s Kilbirnie with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from Massey University Will enjoys running and tennis in his spare time and a long black coffee!
Jonny Corker who joined Lewis Eady in 2007 teaches drum kit, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele and coaches rock bands at Pasadena Intermediate, Hobsonville, Pt Chevalier Primary School, and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Jonny has been involved in the New Zealand music industry for more than a decade and brings extensive band experience to our team having recorded and performed live with Duchess, The Sleeps, Radio glow and Rubicon, playing bass and vocals in the Gareth Thomas band and bass for Kirsten Morrel.
Marie Willis joined us in 2016 and teaches woodwind, piano, keyboard and Musical Jam for us at Kowhai Intermediate, Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and Westmere Primary Schools. Marie holds a Bachelor of Music, Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, qualifications in Kodaly and Dalcroze, Grade 8 Piano Performance and ABRSM - Advanced Certificate in Clarinet Performance. For the last ten years, Marie has been following a career in music therapy, and is now focusing fully on music education and music performance. Having worked as a private music tutor, music school tutor and performing arts specialist, Marie is an avid advocate of ‘active’ approaches to music education. Her training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (a comprehensive approach which explores the connections between movement and music when learning and teaching music) colours all aspects of her teaching philosophy and pedagogy as she strives to foster musical sensitivity, vitality and artistry for musicians young and old. Additionally, Marie is currently learning Spanish!
Kamran Khodaverdian who joined Lewis Eady in 2013 teaches piano at Remuera Primary School and Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Kamran is a professional, classical pianist and has been teaching for the past 15 years. Kamran achieved his Bachelor of Music at the University of Tehran and moved to New Zealand five years ago. Also a composer, Kamran recently produced his composition 'Dreaming of Dandelions'.
Kingsley Tang who joined Lewis Eady in 2015 teaches piano at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Kingsley has been teaching piano and keyboard for the last 12 years. He became an Associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT) New Zealand after passing his ATCL in instrumental teaching with distinction in 2008. He was also the IRMT Christchurch branch Teachers’ Diploma Award winner that year. This is Kingsley’s second stint at Lewis Eady, having previously taught here in 2010-2011.
Tim Stanton joined the Lewis Eady team at the beginning of 2017. In 2016 Timo graduated from the University of Auckland with his Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz performance. Having placed top in Music each year from 2006 to 2012, Timo was also awarded top in Music Tech, the Susan Smith Cup for Excellence in Music and the Gordon Cole Music Award at the end of his time at Avondale College. Timo has been a part of many projects, including a rock trio with Lewis Eady tutors Edwin Dolbel and Felipe Simonetto, and more recently the Mike Krishnan Jones Band and a jazz trio also including Edwin Dolbel, regularly hosting the monthly Jazz Funk Jams at Portland Public House. Timo has also sat in the drum chair for many musicals, at school, amateur and professional levels. With his background in classical piano combined with his studies at university, Timo tutors primarily drums but also mallet percussion, ukulele and music theory.
Nathan Imboden who joined Lewis Eady in 2013 teaches guitar, piano and vocals at Pt Chevalier, Royal Oak, Balmoral and Bayfield Primary Schools, and Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Of Swiss and Maldivian descent, Nathan completed his Bachelor of Music degree on a full scholarship at the University of Auckland. Nathan has been teaching music abroad and in New Zealand since 2008. His music experience includes working as a Radio Jockey and hosting two TV shows promoting young musicians in the Maldives, being a session singer for various bands in Switzerland and fronting a live covers band in Auckland that has headlined at Vector Arena among other venues.
Mi Jin Park who joined Lewis Eady in 2012 teaches piano, keyboard and Musical Jam at Bayfield and Takapuna Primary Schools, Parnell District School and Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Mi Jin started playing piano at the age of 5 and it was at the age of 10 when she decided to be a musician. Piano was Mi Jin's only source of expression when she first came to NZ as she couldn't speak or understand English. In 2005, Mi Jin was accepted into the School of music at the age of 17 having skipped year 13. Since graduating in 2008, Mi Jin has taught students from the age of 3 to 60, many of whom have had successful achievements in exams and competitions. In 2011, the School of Music offered Mi Jin place in the Studio Pedagogy course based on her students success rates. She now has only one paper to go to achieve B Mus Honours in Studio Pedagogy. Mi Jin has LTCL a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) and Diploma of Music (Piano Studio Pedagogy) from the University of Auckland in 2011. Her other talents include Barista, Radio DJ-ing and librarian!
Linda Lin was born in China and immigrated to New Zealand in 2002. A recipient of awards from national and local piano competitions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Hainan, in 2000, Linda attended music school in Beijing and was chosen to have the opportunity to learn from Professor Jin from Central Conservatory. Her secondary school studies took place at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School where she received the ‘Outstanding Award in Performance’ each year since 2006. Linda was a competitor in the Wallace competition in 2015 and participated in master-classes with Read Gainsford and Glenn Riddle. Linda completed her Master Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Stephen De Pledge and Rae De Lisle. Linda brings great experience and passion for piano teaching to her lessons and other related topics including music theory and aural trainings.
Nick Williams who joined Lewis Eady in 2008 teaches drum kit, ukulele, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and Rock Band at Newton Central and Ponsonby Primary Schools. Nick holds a Diploma in Contemporary Music and Performance from MAINZ and a Diploma in Audio Engineering from the School of Audio Engineering, Parnell. In 2007 Nick was hired by dDub as a session drummer to play on their second album and his is the Musical Director of his own band – Tangent. In 2005 Nick composed music for the documentary about Maori women smoking called ‘Butt Why’ produced by Kiwa Fil.
Richard Linklater who joined Lewis Eady in 2006 teaches drum kit at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom) and at Kowhai Intermediate School. Richard has over 30 years experience drumming at a professional level in many different genres of music including jazz and world-fusion. Over the years, Richard has performed at many events including Sweetwaters, Womad, the Taupo Arts Festival and the Percussive Arts Festival at Victoria University.
Maree Kilpatrick joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano for us at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Maree is studying towards her Masters of Music (performance) on piano with Stephen De Pledge at the University of Auckland. An Australian, Maree graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with Bachelor of Creative Arts (first class honours) receiving Dean’s Prize for Music and a University Medal. As a recipient of the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship, she studied with pianists in the UK and Europe for several months in 2012, and performs regularly as a collaborative pianist. Maree has been teaching piano for ten years, and loves opening the wonderful world of classical music to her students.
Max Brown joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches guitar, ukulele and piano for us at Newton Primary School. Max is very enthusiastic about helping other people find their feet inmusic and recently moved to Auckland as he is training to make the Olympics for Sprint Kayaking! Max has been playing guitar and piano for over 10 years. At school, he competed in many Smokefree Rockquest competitions and made the national final. Max has a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Jazz Performance which he achieved at the New Zealand School of Music. He received a Prime Minister’s Scholarship in his final year of studies.
Sam Loveridge who joined Lewis Eady in 2013 teaches guitar, ukulele and violin at Pt Chevalier and Epsom Normal Primary Schools and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road,Epsom). Sam graduated from Auckland University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz performance - guitar. Sam has been teaching music for several years and plays many styles of music (in two bands) - jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk, reggae, metal, ska and punk. Sam also took a Pacific Pop music paper at Auckland University expanding his knowledge of pop music of the Pacific including hip hop, reggae and older Pacific styles of music such as slack key guitar.
Scott Thomas who joined Lewis Eady in 2010 teaches saxophone, clarinet and flute at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). A graduate of the University of Auckland’s Bachelor of Music programme, Scott is a regular performer in shows and bands around Auckland and most recently was the reed player in Auckland Theatre company's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Scott has been a member of the Queen City Big Band, the North Harbour Big Band and currently performs in a number of originals bands as well as doing freelance performing and recording.
Peter Bayliss joined Lewis Eady in 2016 and teaches guitar, ukulele and bass guitar for us at Kowhai Intermediate School. Having worked extensively as a live musician, studio session guitarist, musical arranger/director since the 1960’s, and a teacher since the 2000’s, Peter now particularly enjoys sharing his experience and teaching students at all stages of playing - those new to guitar through to more advanced students seeking further refinement. Peter currently plays in ‘The Brendon Ham Band’ and ‘Southern Cross Band’. Over the years, Peter has played with many musicians including Sir Howard Morrison, John Rowles, Brendan Dugan, Al Hunter, Jodi Vaughn, Suzanne Prentice, Gray Bartlett and Rick Bryant. As session guitarist/contract music arranger for TVNZ in the late 70’s and 80’s, Peter worked on shows as diverse as ‘The Ray Woolfe Show’, ‘Twelve Bar Rhythm and Shoes’ and ‘Stars on Sunday’. Peter regularly works with other musicians - songwriting and recording and contributing his musical input to the lyrics of others.
Tim Bridgewater who joined Lewis Eady in 2014 teaches piano and keyboard at Lewis Eady Music School (75 Great South Road, Epsom). Piano has been the basis of Tim's livelihood all his working life - playing it professionally, teaching it, directing bands from it, writing and arranging for it and writing about its literature. Recently returned from 12 years teaching in Singapore, Tim brings breadth of experience to our team. As well as teaching since gaining his diploma in 1974 Tim has 18 years experience as Musical Director for various theatrical productions in New Zealand, has written music for film and theatre and was music critic for many years on the Dominion newspaper in Wellington.
Jack Barnard who joined Lewis Eady in 2016 teaches keyboard, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, recorder and vocals for us at Glendowie, Mellons Bay, Ponsonby, Pt Chevalier Primary, St Michaels and at our Great South Road Music School in Epsom. Jack also leads the choir at Ponsonby Primary School and band at Pt Chevalier Primary. A multi-instrumentalist, Jack started learning trumpet when he was eight, gaining his grade 8 ABRSM in high school and then commenced his Classical Performance degree at the University of Auckland. Jack is also a keen dancer (jazz, tap and ballet) and has performed with orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands, amateur and professional musical theatre musicals as well as in many other freelance engagements. He performs regularly on stage - singing, dancing and acting.
Evans Chuang first joined Lewis Eady in 2007 and we are delighted to have him back on our teaching team this year teaching piano for us at Kowhai Intermediate School. Evans is an established pianist and has won numerous competitions throughout New Zealand, including the Irene Lassen Award, Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship and the IRMT Young Musician of the year. He also received three prominent High Achiever Awards from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and a scholarship from the Adastra Foundation.
Evans holds a Master of Music from the University of Auckland, was awarded a Partnership Appeal Award from The University of Auckland and received first class honours for his Bachelor of Music Honours degree. Evans also holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Canterbury, where he was awarded the John Emeleus Prize in Keyboard Musicianship and the Ernest Empson Scholarship. A qualified classroom teacher of music and drama, Evans achieved his Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Victoria University, Wellington. As an active chamber musician, Evans has performed with members of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. Evans has also been appointed as an accompanist for The University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, and the New Zealand Opera School. Currently Evans is an itinerant teacher of piano and violin at four schools in Auckland, was Event Manager for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Wallace National Piano Festival and Competition. And is the pianist for Trio Éclat, a newly formed chamber trio for flute, clarinet and piano. Trio Éclat toured around New Zealand in April/May this year as part of the Encompass Regional Concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand.
Teresa de Vries first joined Lewis Eady in 2010 and we are delighted to have her back on our teaching team this year. Teresa is an enthusiastic and passionate music educator who enjoys inspiring students towards a love of music. Educated in New Zealand, Teresa graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music (1st class honors) and a Masters in Piano Pedagogy in 2015. Teresa’s teachers include Bryan Sayer, Michael Houstoun, Stephen De Pledge and Rae de Lisle, and she was the recipient of three first in class awards and a Kate Edgar Trust Masters Award Scholarship. Teresa has taught for over 15 years, from beginners to advanced, from 3 year olds (the Suzuki method) to enthusiastic 80 year olds! She believes every student is unique and tailors her teaching to each individual learning style and preference. She enjoys exposing students to many musical genres from contemporary to classical, and incorporates improvisation and other creative approaches in the lesson. Teresa values ongoing professional development and is a member of many organizations including the IRMTNZ (Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand) and the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association of America). She is a regular presenter of professional development seminars for teachers and workshops for students. She also enjoys adjudicating for competitions and has recently done so for the Napier Performing Arts Competitions and the Auckland Junior Music Contest.
Teresa is currently researching the historical teaching method “Partimento”, an aural pedagogy in wide use during the 17th and 18thcenturies in Europe. Ever wondered how Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Chopin were able to improvise and compose with seeming ease? There was a method to their madness! She is in regular contact with renowned pedagogues in the USA and Switzerland on this topic and is working towards a method book for students and teachers for use in the studio.
JY Lee joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches saxophone, flute, and clarinet at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). JY completed his Bachelor of Music (saxophone major) at the University of Auckland. He is a core member of the band Yoko-Zuna. The band has worked and collaborated with a variety of artists such as David Dallas, Laughton Kora, P Digsss (Shapeshifter), Team Dynamite, Tom Scott (Homebrew, @Peace, Average Rap Band), Spycc, MELODOWNZ, Bailey Wiley, HEAVY, LarzRanda. JY also plays and is involved in various other groups in Auckland such as the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes, Terracotta Cat, Saturnian Noise Collective, The Naenae Express, and The Pleasure Majenta.
Alexandra Gandionco joined Lewis Eady in 2013 and teaches musical jam, cosmic keys, and singing at St Teresa’s School, Karori. Alexandra is currently studying classical performance (as a vocalist) at the New Zealand School of Music. Originally from Auckland, Alexandra graduated from a specialist music programme at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. Since returning to New Zealand, she has been a part of the St Patrick’s Cathedral choir and the Opera Factory in Auckland. Alexandra is now a member of the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, and has performed several times with the NZ Symphony Orchestra as part of the chorus. As well as pursuing her Bachelors in Music, Alexandra is also studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.
Gin Nansen first joined Lewis Eady in 2008 and we are delighted to have her back this year teaching piano for us at Pt Chevalier Primary having recently left her position as Music Specialist at Maungawhau School. Gin also teaches PreSchool Music for us at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom) on Saturdays. Gin is a singer, musician who loves performing and communicating her passion for music to others. She completed a Master of Music Degree in Performance at the University of Auckland in 2012. Previously she gained her ATCL in Speech & Drama from Trinity College, London. She has also attended Excel School of Performing Arts as a contemporary Vocal major. More recently she attended Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney to pursue her love of gospel worship music - and was showcased on an international stage in Hillsong album recordings.
Christopher Townsend who joined Lewis Eady this year teaches drum kit for us at Freemans Bay and Westmere Primary Schools. Chris is in his last year of a Bachelor of Music (jazz performance) at the University of Auckland. Since 2014, Chris has been teaching drum kit and pipe band drumming and has played in two championship winning Pipe Bands on Bass Drum and Snare drum. Chris also plays with various bands including Round Buddah which perform regularly around Auckland.
Stallone D’Souza who joined Lewis Eady in 2016 teaches piano for us at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Stallone has been playing piano for over 12 years and has played in various ensembles and groups privately while attending High School and University. Originally starting off with classical training, he moved to learning pop and jazz after developing a keen interest in those genres.Stallone has completed examinations in Trinity Guildhall, Royal Schools, Trinity Rock School, and Cambridge A-Level.After being introduced to jazz in High School he went on to pursue it at University, majoring in jazz performance. He is close to graduating from the University of Auckland, completing a conjoint degree in Science and Music. At the moment, Stallone plays for Fibonacci Sequence (a covers band), Queen City Big Band, as well as playing for final recitals of his peers and the occasional gig as a solo pianist or in a group.
Pete Hickman who joined Lewis Eady Music in 2016 teaches guitar for us at Bayfield School, ukulele at Freeman’s Bay School and guitar at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Remuera). Pete has a Bachelor of Music Performance & Production from The London Centre of Contemporary Music and a Diploma in teaching from East London College. He also teaches vocals, ukulele, drums, piano, band development workshops and songwriting and production classes. Pete has been playing, performing, teaching, touring and recording as a professional musician for the last 10 years. Pete also works as a composer for audio post production as well as writing and recording his own music. He was a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC) in 2013.
Michael Greenwood first joined Lewis Eady in 2010 when he moved back to Auckland from Melbourne where he worked as a performing musician and piano teacher. Michael gained an Associate Piano Diploma in Performance in 2007 and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring inMusic studies. Michael is the writer and publisher of ‘Kiwis on Keys’ which we used in each of our beginner keyboard classes.
Bernadette Perkins joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Stonefields Primary School. Bernie completed her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Manchester in the UK, and was awarded a ‘Distinction’ in her ATCL diploma exam from Trinity College, London. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and has worked as a primary school teacher in both the UK and NZ. She has run school choirs and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She enjoys sharing her love of music and watching her pupils make progress, both in their musical ability and self-confidence. “The skills acquired through learning a musical instrument can be applied to so many areas of life: Presentation skills, the ability to think creatively, and the determination to overcome challenges, to name just a few. But overarching all of these is the lifelong pleasure gained in playing the instrument itself!”