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.
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 - 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 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 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 - 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
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.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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, 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
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 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 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.