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 Ponsonby, Westmere, Pt Chevalier and Freemans Bay Primary Schools. Born and raised in Poland, Katherine has been teaching piano, music and movement to students of all ages since 2009 – privately, in preschools and for music schools in both Poland and New Zealand.
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 Kowhai Intermediate and Sancta Maria College. 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 bands Human Music and the Pyschs.
Jonathan Annandale joined Lewis Eady in 2019 and teaches guitar and ukulele for us at Richmond Road, Maungawhau, Hobsonville and Newton Central Primary Schools and at our Epsom Music Studios. Jono has been a self-confessed guitar nerd since about the age of 13 and has developed a love for guitars and many stringed instruments including mandolin, banjo, lapsteel and ukulele. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Business in Economics in 2011 he began to write songs and play gigs with various friends, artists, and even a few of his heroes such as The Black Cat Bones and Dan Patlansky.
Since moving to New Zealand from South Africa in 2013, Jono has immersed himself in the local music scene, mastered the fine art of being a studio engineer at Earwig Studios in Birkenhead and subsequently engineered and played on the Shana Grace demo: "Hello, It's Me Again.". Jono created and hosted a Songwriter's Club at The Empire Tavern in 2016, and is currently doing live sound engineering at The Portland Public House while pursuing his passion for anything musical – including teaching.
He currently plays in a band called Permission To Speak with Lewis Eady tutor, Sam Loveridge. In 2018 Permission To Speak began recording their second studio album and played various gigs all over Auckland (soon to be all over New Zealand!).
Alyssa Renwick joined Lewis Eady in 2018 and teaches vocals at Lewis Eady Music School in Epsom, vocals and the choir at Westmere Primary. Originally from Scotland, Alyssa relocated to New Zealand at the end of 2017. She graduated with First Class Honours in 2015 and then went on to teach Vocals and Music Business to aspiring musicians at the Academy of Music and Sound, one of the UK’s leading popular music colleges. Alyssa has been involved in many musical productions and performances, as well as being a member of NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland). She was also a recipient of the Rev Hammer songwriting award in 2015. Alyssa is well versed in most contemporary vocals styles and draws from her performance and songwriting experience in her teaching.
Christo Karadjov who joined Lewis Eady in 2016 teaches clarinet, saxophone and guitar at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Christo started learning clarinet through Lewis Eady at the age of 10 and has achieved 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.
Charlotte West joined Lewis Eady in 2014 and teaches Musical Jam for us at Pt Chevalier and Maungawhau Primary Schools and voice at our Epsom studios. Charlotte takes singers of all ages and skill levels, working with students to grow their confidence, understand their individual voice/how it works and help identify and then achieve their particular vocal goals. Charlotte has a degree in Performing Arts Musical Theatre from NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts) in Christchurch and is working towards becoming an Estill Voice Method certified teacher. As well as general vocal lessons Charlotte’s particular area of skill and expertise is in vocal rehabilitation and she works frequently with Singers and Actors having Vocal Health problems.
Charlotte also works as a Voice Over Artist for a range of clients, predominantly as a station voice for Mediaworks Radio and TVNZ across all channels.
Denny Chou who joined Lewis Eady in 2010 teaches piano at Balmoral and Ponsonby Primary Schools. Denny has been teaching piano for more than 10 years. Denny draws on her teaching and performance experience in her role as teacher mentor offering sound advice and guidance to our team as and when needed. In 2008 (just a little before she joined our team) Denny was the Symphonic Band Leader at Tauranga Girls’ College. She moved to Auckland in 2009 and achieved her Bachelor of Music majoring in Piano Performance (Honours) in 2012. Denny also holds ATCL with distinction in piano and grade 7 in flute. She has successfully presented many students for both ABRSM and Trinity music examinations (initial through to Grade 8) with 100% pass rate. When not teaching, Denny enjoys the odd french pastry and a good coffee!
Dominic Blaazer who joined Lewis Eady in 2011 teaches guitar, ukulele, piano and keyboard at St Leo’s Devonport, Takapuna, Royal Oak 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.
Katie Ma joined Lewis Eady in 2018 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Westmere Primary and at our Epsom music studios. Katie is completing her Bachelor of Music Honours Degree at the University Of Auckland majoring in piano classical performance under the tutelage of Stephen de Pledge.
Since studying towards her degree in Auckland, she has grown an interest in music education for the piano. Katie is committed to developing children's own unique musical growth by using different teaching materials and methods.
At age eleven, Katie was accepted to Wuhan Conservatory of Music, and since then have won many national and local competitions around China. Katie participated in many masterclasses in Shanghai and Beijing during her study in China and is heavily influenced by well-known musicians such as Gao-Ping and Professor Du Tai Hang at the Beijing Conservatory of Music in China.
Katie has had many experiences accompanying ensembles, choirs, vocalists and soloists competing in major competitions around New Zealand. She also regularly performs chamber music at many events around Auckland.
Adam Thorndyke joined Lewis Eady in 2018, and teaches guitar for us at our Epsom Studios. Adam is passionate about his music and teaching and holds a Grade 8 Electric Guitar qualification with the Trinity College of London. Adam is currently completing his first year of his Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at MAINZ in Auckland. Adam writes and composes his own music and is lead vocalist, lead guitar and also plays bass in his own band. Adam also plays in a number of other bands and enjoys band mentoring. Although Adam’s interest is in Rock, he has written and produced music in Rap, Dance,Jazz and Blues genres. During Adam’s school years, his band won the Bandquest competition and Adam also represented his school in jazz competitions. In Adam’s spare time he plays in his band, writes or records in his home studio. He is passionate about teaching others and helping them reach their musical goals.
Sam Loveridge who joined Lewis Eady in 2013 is a multi-instrumentalist! He teaches guitar, ukulele and violin for us at Pt Chevalier Primary School. 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.
Greg Dallison who joined Lewis Eady in 2011 teaches guitar and ukulele at Maungawhau, Ponsonby, Stonefields 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 in Wellington for us. 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!
Emma McNab joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2016 and teaches flute, keyboard, piano, clarinet and saxophone and Musical Jam for us at St Pauls College on Saturdays and at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). Recently graduated with a 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 keyboard and 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.
Bianca Rocca joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2015 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Te Oro Glen Innes, St Josephs Orakei and Hillsborough Primary Schools. Recently returned from working and teaching in Scotland and Europe, Bianca completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in 2017. Bianca began learning music at five with the inaugural Saturday morning Orff programme run by Linda Locke at the University of Auckland. She continued at Ponsonby Primary School learning recorder, ukulele and piano with Lewis Eady, later learning guitar and double bass. Bianca has played in jazz groups, orchestras and bands over the years in addition to writing and performing her own music. Outside of music Bianca enjoys the outdoors, photography, movies cooking and books. Bianca is keen on incorporating creativity in her lessons, and works to connect music with students other interests.
Kamran Khodaverdian who joined Lewis Eady in 2013 teaches piano at Remuera, Pt Chevalier, Richmond Road and Kohia Terrace Primary Schools 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.
Sarah Luethi rejoined Lewis Eady in 2017 after spending a few years in her homeland Switzerland (and now a proud mum of two beautiful children)! Sarah teaches Musical Jam, piano and keyboard for us at Bayfield, Hobsonville and Newton Primary Schools. She finished studying contemporary music and performance at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of NZ) in 2004 and since then has been teaching music at many different levels including one-on-one piano to both adults and children, keyboard groups and has held music specialist roles in high schools, primary schools and early childhood centres both here and overseas.
Sarah has been part of various band projects singing and playing keyboard. Her last two bands toured and performed around Switzerland.
Teaching is Sarah’s passion. She loves passing her love of music on to others.
Peter Bayliss joined Lewis Eady in 2016 and teaches guitar, ukulele and bass guitar for us at Kowhai Intermediate and Bayfield Primary Schools. 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.
Charlotte Shim, joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano at Lewis Eady Music School at Great South Road, Epsom. Charlotte is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York where she studied Piano Performance with Herbert Stessin and had master classes and chamber music classes with Oxana Yablonskaya, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Martin Canin. Charlotte gave recitals at Paul Hall and Morse Hall at the Juilliard during her years there.
Accepted to Juilliard pre-College at the age of 14, in 1993 Charlotte performed at Weill Carnegie Hall in New York City. She received the New Jersey Young Artist Governor’s Award and performed with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the State Theatre in Trenton and received the Conductor’s Award. Charlotte has also participated in Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts and has been teaching music in Auckland since 2009.
Grace McKenzie joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2018 and teaches violin and piano for us at our Epsom Music Studios. Grace is a Classical Violin Performance Major. She left Rangi Ruru Girls school in Christchurch a year early to pursue her musical endeavours under the tutelage of Stephen Larsen. Grace achieved considerable success in the NZCT Chamber Music Competition at high school, having reached the finals two years in a row, on both violin and piano. Grace led the 2nd violin section of the National Youth Orchestra in 2017 and has been invited to play for numerous prestigious artists since studying at the University, including Charlie Castleman, Ilya Gringolts, and Professor Elisabeth Kufferath. Also a pianist, Grace completed her ATCL diploma on the piano in 2014.
Craig Humphries joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches guitar, ukulele and vocals and for us at Maungawhau, Kohia Terrace and Ponsonby Primary Schools and Sancta Maria College. He is a fully registered music specialist who has worked in the primary, intermediate, secondary sector, and private tuition for both children and adults for over 20 years. He has spent many years running his own recording studio Sound-Art, and has won numerous international awards for music composition in short film and tourism DVDs and has composed for television series and MTV ads. Craig specialises in conducting and coaching orchestras, concert bands, rock bands, jazz bands and the like. He teaches a variety of instruments including guitar, all styles, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, keyboard and piano, voice, recorder/flute and drums/percussion. Over the years Craig has performed at many festivals including Womad, Great Barrier Mussel Fest and many more.
Pete Hickman who joined Lewis Eady Music in 2016 teaches guitar and ukulele for us at Ponsonby, Pt Chevalier and Westmere Primary Schools. 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 and runner up in the 2016 ‘Song of the Year’ song & lyric writing competition.
Richard Linklater who joined Lewis Eady in 2006 teaches drum kit at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom), Kowhai Intermediate, Freemans Bay, Pt Chevalier and Ponsonby Primary Schools. Richard has over 45 years experience drumming at a professional level in many different genres of music including jazz and world-fusion, rock/pop, blues and R'n B, Ska/reggae, country, and on a range of instruments including Latin/Brazilian percussion, West African dununs, Cook Island log drums (pate) and hand drums (bongos, doumbek). Over the years, Richard has performed in many venues and at numerous events from Sweetwaters in 1981, the Taupo Arts Festival and the Percussive Arts Festival at Victoria University in 1998 and Womad in 1999. Richard now plays regularly at the Thirsty Dog's Auckland Blues Club, is a member of two bands 'Eli and The Blue Rocket Band' and 'Tommy' and loves passing on his skills to the younger generation.
Jono Ashwell joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2018 and teaches guitar for us at Ponsonby Primary School. Jono began playing guitar in various musical groups in 2008. Between 2011 and 2013, Jono studied at MAINZ (the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand), where he won various awards including Best Original Song and completed his Certificate in Songwriting and Musical Performance. Jono is currently lead singer in the band ‘Royal Jackets’ and also plays in cover band ‘The Babylon Club’.
Joyce Lee joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Pt Chevalier and Maungawhau Primary Schools. An old girl of Diocesan School for Girls and taught by the Italian concert pianist - Matteo Napoli, Joyce holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Classical Piano Performance achieved at the University of Auckland under Rae de Lisle. Currently Joyce is working towards her Master of Music majoring in Piano Pedagogy. Joyce won the Diocesan School for Girls Piano Concerto Contest and participated in the Ronisch Secondary Schools Piano Competition and the University of Auckland Concerto Competition. Joyce was one of the 16 semi-finalists in the Wallace National Piano Competition in both 2015 and 2017 and loves teaching piano!
Campbell Mackenzie joined Lewis Eady in 2015 and teaches guitar for us at Marist Primary and Lewis Eady (Great Sth Road, Epsom). A Lewis Eady “graduate” (starting lessons with us at the age of 6), Campbell has been one of our holiday programme tutors since 2015 and has been a regular relieving guitar tutor in 2017.
In his final year of secondary school, Campbell was the vocalist for the school Big Band, which won gold at the 2017 KBB Music Festival, and a member of the band VINyL (winner of his school’s Battle of the Bands competition in 2015 and 2017). He has also held lead roles in the school musical productions. Campbell has been recognised as an emerging singer/songwriter, having been named as a finalist twice in the Play It Strange Songwriting Competition. He has also had success in the Auckland Solo/Duo category of SmokeFreeRockQuest (First Place, Musicianship Award and Best Song) and will be studying Popular Music at the University of Auckland from 2018.
Jamie de Jong joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2016 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Ponsonby, St Michaels and Bayfield Primary Schools and at our Epsom music studios. Currently a student at the University of Auckland studying English and Music, Jamie has been playing the piano since she was 7 and holds Grade 8 Piano and Grade 6 Music theory qualifications. Over the years Jamie has performed in many concerts around Auckland. She attended Carmel College where she played the piano for numerous functions and also played violin in the school orchestra. Jamie loves passing on the interesting things she has learnt over the years, which have given her a deep love of music.
Alexandra Gandionco joined Lewis Eady in 2013 and teaches Musical Jam, keyboard 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.
Nathan Imboden joined Lewis Eady in 2013 and teaches guitar, piano, Musical Jam and vocals at Stonefields, Wakaaranga, Royal Oak and Epsom Primary Schools, Sancta Maria College, Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom) and at Te Oro in Glen Innes. 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.
Robertanna Moa joined Lewis Eady in 2019 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Stonefields School, Sancta Maria College and Te Oro, Glen Innes. With a growing passion for music, the piano isn't the only instrument Robertanna knows how to play. Highly recommended by the Baradene College music department where she assists their music teachers, Robertanna’s first instrument was the ukulele which she learned through playing with her Dad. This progressed to guitar which she now uses to accompany her Dad singing. At the age of 9, Robertanna began private piano lessons and at 13, group lessons on trumpet together with her siblings. During high school, Robertanna also took up cello which she played in 2016 on tour in Europe with the Baradene College Orchestra and the Sacred Heart College Concert Band. Robertanna is now enjoying passing on her musical skills to her students and playing in the Manukau Concert band and at weekly Sunday Mass.
Scott Thomas joined Lewis Eady Music School 2010 and teaches woodwind, brass and guitar for us at Remuera Intermediate, Ponsonby Primary School, Kowhai Intermediate and at our Epsom studios. Scott recently returned to New Zealand after a year away in Europe where he was working as a full time touring musician with German band - Smalltape and US/German band - Alex's Hand.
Scott completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz saxophone in 2011 and has since been a regular performer around Auckland and New Zealand in bands (House of Shem, Fortress Europe, Queen City Big Band and more) and as a theatre musician (including Auckland Theatre Company's "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Guys and Dolls", "Amadeus" and Silo Theatre's "Peter and the Wolf"). As an instrumental tutor Scott teaches saxophone, flute and clarinet as well as guitar, ukulele and brass.
Pascal Harris joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2019 and teaches piano for us at Kowhai Intermediate, Marist and Westmere Primary schools and at our Epsom studios. Pascal studied piano with Terence Dennis at Otago University and graduated in 2006 with the Simon Gibson Memorial Prize for outstanding Honours student. Pascal was awarded a scholarship to study a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied piano with Gordon Fergus-Thompson. He spent 6 years in Tokyo where he taught piano and played concerts and whilst in Tokyo benefited from the advice of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jörg Demus. Before leaving Japan in 2013, Pascal recorded his debut CD of Schubert Impromptus. Pascal has a passionate interest in all the arts and is also active as a photographer.
Natsuki Nomichi joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2019 and teaches piano for us at Ponsonby Primary and Newton Primary Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Welfare from the Osaka Prefecture University in Japan where she learned about holistic education. She also holds a teaching license for high school and junior high school, and national certificate of social work, and has experience teaching social studies in a Japanese junior high school.
Natsuki believes the potential of music has a great effect on the learning of all subjects, and has many influences on personal growth and well-being. She encourages her students to not just play the piano according to the score, but also to understand the composition of the music, and that the piano is like a small orchestra which can help people to express their feelings. She believes that music is full of joy, enriches people’s lives, and is a universal language which connects people.
Natsuki has experience performing with Azumi Inoue, Sleep Walk Skeleton and with fellow Lewis Eady piano tutor Cam Taylor. She sings and plays various other musical instruments such as ukulele, soprano recorder, and tin whistle.
Dr Kevin Mendousse joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2019 and teaches guitar for us at Remuera Primary School and at our Epsom music studios. Originally from France, where he graduated with a Doctorate/PhD – Linguistics (summa cum laude) from Sorbonne University, Kevin relocated to the University of Auckland in 2001, initially pursuing an academic career in languages and linguistics.
Fast forward several years of independent comprehensive training in classical guitar (Suzuki Guitar School), earning him a Dip.Mus.Perf. – Guitar Recital (with Distinction) from Trinity College London, Kevin now enjoys teaching guitar.
A passionate guitar teacher who loves to see his students learn and grow musically, Kevin is an equally impassioned performer for, “without music, life would be a mistake” (Nietzsche). Kevin has been featured as a Guest Artist to the Classic Guitar Society of Auckland and further enjoys reaching out to wider community groups by giving recitals on either side of the North Harbour Bridge.
Isaac Tollestrup joined Lewis Eady in 2019 and teaches guitar and drum kit for us at Lewis Eady (Great South Road, Epsom), Remuera Intermediate, Hillsborough Primary School and at Te Oro. After taking piano lessons from a young age, Isaac became more immersed in music education while he was a student at Avondale College, playing in jazz bands and entering songwriting competitions (Finalist, Play it Strange) and then continuing to study music at the University of Auckland where he graduated with a major in Jazz Performance. Thankful to all of his past music teachers, Isaac sees music lessons as great opportunities for young people especially to develop their skills, creative thinking, and have a lot of fun!
Nicholas Keith joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2019 and teaches guitar and bass for us at our Epsom studios. Nicholas’s musical career began shortly after leaving high school. He became an active member of Wellington’s music scene, performing in several groups, before an interest in the recorded side of music led him to study at the School of Audio Engineering in Auckland where he recorded local musicians and worked as a session musician. After a short time freelancing as a composer for small-budget film and TV projects, Nicholas relocated to the United States where he continued his musical studies at Berklee College of Music. The past 5 years Nicholas has spent attending masterclasses, performing in local groups, and teaching guitar and bass privately out of his home studio in sunny Denver, Colorado. Nicholas’s approach to teaching has always held creativity as paramount. He believes fostering your voice, that which is unique to you, will lead to an endless source of contentment performing and composing on any instrument.
Paddy Fox joined Lewis Eady Music School in 2018 and teaches guitar for us at Te Oro. After discovering his passion in the notorious music department of Sacred Heart College, Paddy went on to study at Otago University, graduating with a major in Music, and a focus on music technology. After moving back to Auckland, Paddy capped off his education by studying the Graduate Diploma in Audio Engineering at MAINZ.
Having played in a variety of bands over most of his life, Paddy has gained an abiding love for songwriting, music theory, performance, and recording, and believes that everyone has the potential to create great music. In his spare time, he enjoys punk music, vintage clothes, and DJing at 95bfm.