Meet the team
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 - 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.
Shan Truter - Senior tutor (Guitar, ukulele, bass)
One of Shan's skills is her ability to get the best from students who are just starting out. She is particularly gifted in working with younger students and with group teaching.
In addition to her teaching Shan is amazingly organised and is often found around the studio helping us to keep our admin under control.
Peter Gardner - Senior Tutor (guitar)
Peter studied guitar with Musician Makers some years ago and was one of our first Rockschool grade test successes acheiving Grade 6 guitar
with Distinction. When at High School he served as the guitar player in the prestigous Palmerston North Boys' High Stage Band.
Currently Peter is leading a Youth Band at his church and is at university studying.
Melissa Thake - Senior tutor (vocals, guitar, piano)
Melissa is a professionally trained vocalist who also plays guitar and piano. She has performed with several local bands so has
plenty of experience of live performance as well as recording, and working with other musicians. Melissa is at home with blues,
jazz, pop, rock and soul and currently heads up the local band Easy Street
Wayne Cameron - Senior tutor (Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass)
Wayne is passionate about music and guitar playing. He enjoys the technical challenge of creating and teaching music
and has an excellent understanding of music theory and how it relates to an instrument. Wayne plays guitar and sings in the local band
Kate Mora - Senior tutor (Vocals, guitar, piano)
Kate has a wonderful singing voice and also plays guitar and piano. She has plenty of live experience as both a lead vocalist and providing
Geoff Procter - Senior tutor (Piano/Keyboards, guitar, violin)
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.
Lauren Ferreira - General tutor (Guitar, Vocals)
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
Michael Doody - Senior tutor (Vocals, Drums, Guitar, ukulele)
If you've ever been to any musical theatre in Palmerston North you're sure to have seen Michael performing. As well as bringing his qualifications,
experience and his amazing vocal talents to the studio, Michael also plays drums and guitar. His understanding of stage performance
is a great advantage to have in the studio.
Nadia Ridsdale - General tutor (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.
Jason Gardner - Senior tutor (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.
Nadia Calitz - General tutor (Drums)
Say hi to Nadia. Nadia teaches drums having played and taught for many years. She's often found playing drums in the youth band at her church
and having young siblings means she great with younger children. She's an excellent drummer and always keen to play when given the opportunity.
Liam Potts - Senior tutor (Guitar)
Liam is originally from Nelson and is enjoying getting involved with the Palmy music scene.
Liam has an excellent musical history having excelled in the subject at High School, (NCEA level 3
with excellence), and has a great understanding of music theory and how to apply it to guitar playing.
He is studying a degree in engineering and is great at taking complex musical concepts and explaining them to students.
Elizabeth Hayward - Senior tutor (Vocals, guitar)
Elisabeth is a formally trained vocal and drama coach, learning her craft from Roger Stevenson, in his role as
the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir Director. Elisabeth has performed in such places as the Sydney Opera house,
even singing a solo. Her passion is for pop, rock, soul and other modern styles of music but she's talented enough
to teach any style.
Charlotte Stock - General tutor (Guitar, vocals, ukulele)
Charlotte is one of the other founding members of the Three Little Birds trio along with our tutor Lauren. She has an exceptional voice
and is a very talented guitar player. She knows her stuff too when it comes to music theory and her various performing opportunities
mean she knows how to put it into practice.
Jannetta Matthews - Senior tutor (Piano and keyboards)
Jannetta has played piano for 25 years (she started very young!) and is comfortable with all styles ranging from classical to
modern pop and rock. She joins us bringing her previous tutoring experience and is happy to teach from beginner to grade 8 and beyond.
Dave Barnett - Senior tutor (Guitar, bass, drums and keyboards)
Dave plays electric and acoustic guitars, as well drums and keyboards. He has a particular interest in theory and how
music works, and enjoys finger picking guitar styles. Dave is a graduate of the UCOL Contemporary Music programme,
and brings his previous teaching and performing experience to the studio.
Dave is happy to teach beginners through to advanced players.
Jeanette McGrath - Specialist tutor (guitar)
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.