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.
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.
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.
Chris Marshall joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches guitar, ukulele and bass guitar for us at Lewis Eady (75 Great South Road, Epsom) and Remuera Primary Schools. Chris completed Jazz Performance at the University of Auckland (Electric/Upright Bass Major), and will be graduating this year with a conjoint degree in Science and Music. Chris is a core member of a number of bands including Miss June, who have regularly toured around NZ and Australia, and The Miltones, who are releasing an Album in June 2017. Chris also plays in The Queen City Big Band, La Luna and The Gadjos, Trapjaw Kelpie and regularly fills in for a number of other acts around Auckland. In his lessons, Chris aims to give his students a solid base in music theory and technique, while making sure that the lessons are fun and enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)! 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. Sarah currently teaches Musical Jam and keyboard at Pt Chevalier, Westmere and Newton Schools.
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.
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.
Rachel Song joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano for us at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Rd, Epsom). Rachel achieved her Bachelor of Music Classical performance in Piano and Bachelor of Arts Psychology at the University of Auckland and is currently completing her Bachelor of Music (Honours) Classical Performance in piano. Rachel also holds ATCL Diploma in Piano and has been teaching piano since 2009.
During her years of secondary and tertiary education, Rachel competed in various domestic piano competitions (North Shore, Hamilton, West Auckland, South Auckland, IRMT, PACANZ) and won numerous prizes. Her first performance with an orchestra was in 2009 where she has played with the North Shore Youth Orchestra, and she participated in chamber music contests since 2010.
When not teaching, Rachel is a soloist and a collaborative artist. She has particular interest in chamber music and piano accompaniment and has performed many repertoires with diverse ensembles and soloists. This year she is collaborating with a cellist to compete in ROSL and Gisborne chamber competition.
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.
Craig Humphries joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches guitar, ukulele, piano, keyboard, vocals and Musical Jam for us at Royal Oak, Maungawhau, Sancta Maria, Wakaaranga and Ponsonby Primary Schools. 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, ukulele, and piano for us at Epsom Normal, Orakei, Ponsonby, Remuera, St Joseph’s Orakei, and Westmere Primary Schools 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 and runner up in the 2016 ‘Song of the Year’ song & lyric writing competition.
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.
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!”
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.
Sean Martin-Buss joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano, keyboard, and guitar for us at St Michael’s Primary and piano, guitar, woodwind and brass for us at Lewis Eady Music School (Great South Road, Epsom). A multi-instrumentalist, Sean studied classical music as a child and is in his 3rd year of study towards his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree. Sean has been teaching piano, guitar and saxophone since 2011 and is regular performer in several bands including playing piano in Scuba Diva (led by Jimmy Mac, keyboardist for Lorde), Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes, North Harbour Swing Band and Siobhan Leilani, which spans genres from funk to big band jazz. Currently Sean plays keyboard and tenor saxophone in the afrobeat band Ijebu Pleasure Club and regularly plays both piano and organ in function and restaurant jazz bands.
Joyce Lee joined Lewis Eady in 2017 and teaches piano and keyboard for us at Pt Chevalier Primary School. 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. 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.
Stephie Harmsworth who joined Lewis Eady Music in 2017 is currently working as a jazz singer in local bands, a music tutor and as piano accompanist to children’s choirs. Having grown up in Palmerston North she spent time teaching music in a local school and was heavily involved in musical theatre both as a stage performer and show pianist/accompanist. She has now been teaching piano and vocals for over 3 years. Stephie can teach a range of styles and genres including classical and popular piano, music theory, improvisation and comping, basic jazz techniques, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary vocals. Piano and singing are her main strengths. Stephie also plays and teaches beginner trumpet/cornet and ukulele.
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.