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Mark Angel - guitar, bass, ukulele teacher

Mark Angel - Specialist tutor - guitar, bass, ukulele

Mark is a Registered Guitar Teacher who tutors electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and ukulele. He gigged and recorded regularly in the UK before emigrating to New Zealand in 2010. His experience of live performance and studio recording enables Mark to bring real-world ideas into his teaching and allows him to teach band/performance concepts. Mark plays guitar and bass in several live bands around town so can often be found putting his skills into action.

Alison Angel - Music studio in Palmerston North

Alison Angel - Musician Maker's Amazing Administrator

Alison doesn't teach an instrument but she does work wonders looking after our tutors, students, timetables, accounts and a whole host of other things. She also does an incredible job MC-ing our student shows and making sure everything runs smoothly. If you are a student of MMM you will probably have already spoken to her or met her. If you are going to become an MMM student then she will be the person who gets you all sorted out with times and tutors and paperwork and stuff. Alison is an Early Years childcare professional so she also brings her skills and experience of teaching to the studio.

Lauren Ferreira - Guitar tuition

Lauren George - Guitar, Vocals, ukulele

Lauren is one of the founding members of local musical trio Three Little Birds. She has an amazing musicial talent and plays guitar and sings. If you've seen any of the MMM performances whether it's a student showcase, Esplanade day, Sounds of Summer, you've undoubtedly seen her perform. She currently plays and sings in the duo Milk and Honey with our tutor Charlotte. Check out their Facebook page. Milk and Honey.

Nadia Ridsdale - Learn to play guitar

Nadia Ridsdale - Guitar, Drums, Vocals, ukulele

Nadia is enthusiastic, well organised and energetic. She is a capable musician who plays guitar and drums, and sings. As well as teaching and performing she has an eye for design so is often found working on our stage plans, stage dressing, images, videos and lighting.

Marc Paterson - Guitar teacher

Marc Paterson - Guitar tutor

Marc has been around the studio for many years, and has been a passionate musician for even longer. Marc plays guitar, drums and sings but his main instrument to teach is guitar. Marc worked in high schools for many years and is a fully-qualified teacher.

Joshua Bergen Bronson - piano teacher Palmerston north

Joshua Bergen Bronson - Piano tutor

Josh has studied piano in a classical and big-band environment and plays in various bands/groups. He has a particular flair for playing jazz.

Troy Scott - bass guitar tutor

Troy Scott - drums, bass

Troy is a talented young lad who excels in playing the drums, and bass, particularly in a jazz context. He studied bass guitar with high school with Mark and played in just about every band and musical production that was available.

Olivia Hurnard - vocal coach

Olivia Hurnard - singing, guitar

When she's not riding her horse, Olivia is usually making music. Primarily Olivia teaches singing and guitar although she's one of those people who can play multiple instruments.

Cam Foster - guitar tutor

Cameron Foster - guitar, bass

Cameron has a double major from SIT in performance music (guitar) and audio engineering and has plenty of performance experience. He's comfortable teaching beginners through to advanced levels on acoustic, electric, and bass guitar.

Laura Evans - vocal coach

Laura Evans - singing, piano

Having been involved with Musician Makers for many years, Laura persued a full-time career in student counselling. She's been a relief teacher for Musician Makers over the years and has now returned to us as a piano and vocal coach. Laura is also often found playing solo gigs around town.

Sarah Tastard - ukulele lessons

Sarah Tastard - Vocals, guitar, ukulele

Sarah is formally trained in vocals and guitar, and passionate about music. She's been around Musician Makers for a number of years, and brings energy and enthusiasm to the studio. As well as being an avid musician, Sarah is also a very keen gardener and enjoys all things horticultural.

Geoff Procter - violin teacher

Geoff Procter - Piano/Keyboards, guitar, violin, ukulele

Geoff plays piano and guitar and brings his previous teaching and performing experience to our team. He also has achieved Grade 8 violin and his looking forward to bringing this additional instrument to the Musician Makers portfolio.

Jason Gardner - Drum lessons

Jason Gardner - Drums, guitar, bass

Our go-to drum guy for all things drums is Jason. He's always around the studio and generally loves to help out at our shows and performances. As a tutor he specialises in beginners but as an accomplished drummer and performer he is equally at home teaching intermediate and advanced drumming. As well as playing the drums Jason also plays, and teaches, guitar and bass guitar.

Lily Tongs - singing lessons

Lily Tongs - Singing, Guitar

Lily comes from a very musical family and the family trait has carried into her. She's a natural singer and enjoys playing other instruments. Lily is a bright spark that cannot help but bring a smile to the room when she's around.

Megan Putze - Drum teacher

Meg Putze

Meg's drumming started at an early age and she played in various school bands and now currently plays in a local jazz band. She's happy to teach all styles of drumming but particularly enjoys jazz

George Ambridge- Drum teacher

George Ambridge

George has been around the studio for many years, initially being a student, and now a tutor himself. George is great with beginner to intermediate drum students and is ready to turn his hand to any styles that his tutors want to learn.

Jeanette - Music School

Jeanette McGrath - mentor, friend, advisor

Jeanette is the founder and original owner of Musician Makers and has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. She no longer teaches for us but we consider her to still be part of the Musician Makers family as her help and support is never too far away.

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