Tutors

Our tutors have been hand-chosen based on a specific balance of skill and character. All of the Music House tutors have the ability to teach at least 3 instruments, and they are all actively involved in performance in some way. More importantly, they all have the ability to create a friendly, relaxed learning environment.

Dan Cosgrove

TUTOR – Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

dan.cosgrove (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

Simply put, I couldn’t imagine living a life without playing music. I find that music is an international language and being able to share it with everyone is something I’m truly grateful for.

Why are you teaching music?

Watching kids find joy in learning music is a truly gratifying experience. I feel that being blessed with this talent, it would be wrong not to share it with others. I believe music brings out the best in people and quite often can transform your life for the better.

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

I have just finished my second Album and I’m currently playing guitar for a 50’s 60’s rock n roll band and various other projects around New Zealand.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I try to give my students a fun and memorable experience while at the same time walking away with new skills every week.

April Haines

TUTOR – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Ukulele

april.haines (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I grew up in a non-musical family but picked up the guitar at the age of fourteen. Since then, I have grown passionate about learning and playing music. I love how music enables me to create and share with others.

Why are you teaching music?

I love having the ability to share my passion for music with others and inspiring students to become talented musicians. It is also rewarding seeing students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills.

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

I have just completed my degree in music at Vision College, and I am a session guitarist for a hip hop/rap artist called ‘Unchained XL’. Previously I have played in metal bands such as ‘East of Eden’, ‘Lead Us Forth’ and ‘Patriot’. I have recently started another metal project and plan on recording an album within the next few months.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My teaching style varies depending on the students needs. Overall, I want to encourage and inspire students to do their best. As well as have a fun and memorable experience.

Andrew Gould

TUTOR – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard (piano), Ukulele

andrew.gould (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I’ve been a musician since I can remember, both my parents and my sister are also musicians so it was hard to not become one as well with the love of music always so present in our home. I’ve always loved music and love how it can bring people together in a way that nothing else can. Music is something that makes me incredibly happy, and playing and teaching music lets other people experience that joy alongside me and others.

Why are you teaching music?

Teaching music is really a platform to help people of all ages to fall in love with something that is so crucial to my life in particular. I really enjoying playing music and I love it when other people can experience that love for themselves with an instrument. Seeing a moment when a students really connects with a song or some theory knowledges clicks for them, is why I teach music.

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

I’m in a band called Faded Farewell, we do gigs around Hamilton and have two EP’s and a music video out which is exciting! I also perform in a duo with my wife at parties and other events and gigs where we sing covers and a bunch of originals.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I love to teach people what they want to learn and if they’re not enjoying something you can always come back to it or move on to something else. Not everyone likes to learn the same music or even in the same way. I really enjoy finding something that really clicks with a student and you see them light up and start to really get into music for the love of playing music.

Rheed Beverland

TUTOR – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Ukulele

rheed.beverland (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I can’t picture a life without music, it sounds cliche but it’s a daily routine for me now, and I can’t imagine going without. Every now and then a moment occurs (musically) where you find yourself with goosebumps down your arms and it is such great feeling.

Why are you teaching music?

Seeing the smile on someone’s face when they finally get a piece perfected is the best thing in the world.

Learning music myself has for sure changed my life and showing others the steps I’ve gone through to get to where I am is extremely rewarding.

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

At the moment I’m just enjoying where I’m at. My band is going well and I love playing gigs and writing music with them. Recording an album is the next step for sure.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I like to keep the lesson fun and teach students what they want to learn. A good way to learn is for me to squeeze new skills and techniques into something they love listening to and playing so they walk away with a new skill and a smile.

Jethro Wall

TUTOR – Drums, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

jethro.wall (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I started playing drums at age 12 and have become obsessed with music ever since. I enjoy playing and listening to all types of music. Being a musician is special because you can convey emotion and connect with people through music in a way that you can’t through anything else. 

Why are you teaching music?

Teaching music is an awesome opportunity to help others become passionate about music. It’s fun and rewarding to see students becoming confident in their musical abilities!

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

I play drums in a hardcore band called ‘Amanaki’. We play shows regularly, and write and record our own music. I love playing in my band, it’s certainly grown me as a musician. I also like to play around on the piano and write my own songs for fun.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Music is fun and I want that to come across in the way that I teach. I like to create a safe environment where students are encouraged and inspired to reach their full potential as musicians.

Chantelle Lindsey

TUTOR – Classroom lessons

chantelle.lindsey (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I was born into a family that has a strong passion for music, so naturally, I fell in love as well.

Why are you teaching music?

I believe that learning music enhances the way we see and understand the world. I love working with children and helping them from a young age, develop the creativity and self-expression that comes through music.

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

When I’m not studying to become a primary school teacher, I play the guitar and sing in an acoustic band ( www.acousticaroma.co.nz ). I’m also involved in playing and leading music at my church.

How would you describe your teaching style?

In my music classes, we have fun! We enjoy singing and dancing, listening activities and playing instruments.

Paul Trenwith

TUTOR – Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar

Why are you a musician?

I started learning ukulele when I was about 13, from my Mum, and have loved music ever since. Almost 60 years later, I still enjoy the sound of musical instruments played singly or with others, and I love both the simplicity and complexity of bluegrass music.

Why are you teaching music?

Helping other people get the same enjoyment from playing a musical instrument as I have had is one of the great rewards of being able to play.

What are you up to at the moment (musically)?

I teach from my home in Hamilton East; I play in the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band at occasional gigs; I play in an ‘Irish’ band named Reelmen, at ceilidhs and parties, and with two of my four sons, Sam and Tim, in a group playing original and contemporary music with a ‘bluegrass’ groove.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I like students to learn the basics of the instrument – for banjo, a simple picking style, basic chords, and how to play with other musicians; for mandolin, how to pick melodies as well as how to play chords and fit in with other musicians. As soon as possible, I like to get my students to ‘play along’ with simple songs, as well as playing specific melodies. Mostly, how to have fun.

Jennie Molloy

Marketing/Administration

I love the joy music brings to all ages! I grew up in a musical family and have always been surrounded by music. I started my musical journey at age 6, learning piano. When I was 10, I switched to clarinet which then lead on to tenor saxophone in my teenage years.

In my teens I was part of the Waikato Youth Concert Band, which was a wonderful experience. Other musical interludes along the way have been an 8-pc church band called “Soul Purpose” and playing bass guitar in “The Sugar Daddies”.

Being a part of Music House has rekindled my somewhat neglected love for music and has reminded me of the importance of introducing music to children at a young age.

I work for Music House part time, the rest of my time is spent with my two daughters and baby boy.

My career background involves visual media arts as opposed to musical arts. I’ve worked for regional television stations, TVNZ and got to spend a few years working for Peter Jackson.

I love what Music House has to offer, and hope that you or your child has a wonderful and rewarding musical experience with us!

Joe McNamara

Managing Director

My first instrument is guitar, but over the years I’ve also learnt to play bass, drums and basic piano. I’ve been performing in bands since I was 13 years old, and have always gravitated towards the limelight.

My experience on stage has come in different shapes and sizes, such as playing various instruments in various ensembles, MCing events, acting in theatre productions and entertaining children in The Funky Monkeys.

The highlight of my musical career thus far would have to be Coca Cola Christmas in the Park with The Funky Monkeys; performing for over 200,000 people along-side kiwi legends such as Opshop, Midnight Youth, Dane Rumble, Drew Neemia, Frankie Stevens, Jackie Clark, Annie Crummer, Dave Dobbyn and others.

Music House, for me, is an exciting opportunity to share music with as many people as possible, in as many contexts as we can. In our team there is such a broad range of talent, providing the opportunity to nurture nearly every facet of the industry; from playing the ukulele to producing the next number 1 hit.

Sam Trenwith

Managing Director

I’ve grown up playing music, having parents that toured New Zealand frequently. Guitar was a compulsory instrument to learn while growing up, but I also learnt the drums, saxophone, bass and piano. In my teenage years I started writing music, playing in rock and jazz bands, and performing on stages throughout New Zealand.

I’ve had success with my original music on NZ radio and recorded eight albums. I like being able to pass on musical knowledge and especially the ‘love’ of music. I am excited when a student finds his/her own love of their instrument.

My greatest musical moment was having an original song voted into the top 20 at the NZ Silver Scroll awards, alongside Dave Dobbyn, Elemeno P, Shihad and others.

I’m currently playing in four bands; Late 80’s Mercedes (swing/funk), The Trenwiths (alt-bluegrass), The Kool Club (jazz), The Sam Trenwith Band (party covers).