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 2 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.

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.

Emilio Bonica-King

TUTOR – Guitar, drums, bass, vocals

emilio.bonica-king (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I have always been a singer but was always too shy to do it in front of people. It wasn’t until I started playing the drums at 13 years old that I started to think music was something that I wanted to do. I picked up the guitar around the same time and started teaching myself upside down (there were never any left handed guitars around!). From there, I joined my youth group band and eventually went on to study music at high school and then Whitireia Polytech.

Playing music is always a joy and I really can’t see myself doing anything else!

What made you want to teach music?

I decided to teach music after helping out some people that I studied with. I found that I was able to explain and demonstrate things in a way that made it easier to learn and understand. It’s also a bonus that I can use music to make a living!

What sort of music stuff are you doing lately?

I am currently doing several shows this year all over Hamilton. I have a solo show where I loop drums, bass, guitar and vocals to build a song right in front of you. I am also in a Trio band with Sean Lurman, an AMAZING 12 year old guitarist and Reece Gielen who is currently finishing his Masters in music.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My teaching style is definitely fun! I focus on what strengths my students have and adjust the lesson to suit them. Each student is different so while I may be able to put a book in front of one student, another may need to be shown exactly how to do it. It doesn’t have to be boring though! Turning techniques into a game or a challenge can be exactly what a student needs to learn in a way that will keep them practicing long after the lesson is over!

Yaw Asumadu

TUTOR – Guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, African drums, flute, xylophone

yaw.asumadu (at) musichouse.co.nz

Why are you a musician?

I am a musician because I love it.  I come from a family of musicians so music was all around me as a child. I then trained for 12 years in Ghana with an orchestra which gave me a solid base from which to extend. I have enjoyed performing on stages around the world, leading bands and accompanying others.

Why are you teaching music?

I teach music because I love it and I want to share it with others.

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

I am currently composing my own music which would be considered ‘Fusion Music’ – fusing Jazz and Afro-Funk with other styles.  I have recently finished recording an album and am looking forward to ‘mastering it’ so it can be shared with the public.  I also teach a community African drum class on Tuesday nights in Hamilton and teach guitar, drums and ukulele in a range of schools locally. Whenever I can, I perform African Drums, flute, bass, drum kit and xylophone in Auckland and Hamilton at various venues and events.

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.

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).

Akesa Taufa

TUTOR – Piano, saxophone

akesa.taufa (at) musichouse.co.nz

Sulee van de Steeg

ADMINISTRATOR

admin (at) musichouse.co.nz