OUR TEAM

Rudd School Of Rock prides itself on delivering music tuition of the highest quality.  In order to achieve this, we only have highly experienced professional music teachers onboard our team.  Our specialist music teachers are among the most inspiring music teachers you will find in the world.  All of them are masters of their art.  They are absolutely passionate about music and the instruments they teach, and they have real world music industry experience as performers, songwriters, music managers/executives. All are accomplished musicians in their own right with a wealth of knowledge to share with their students.

Rudd School Of Rock prides itself on delivering music tuition of the highest quality.  In order to achieve this, we only have highly experienced professional music teachers onboard our team.  Our specialist music teachers are among the most inspiring music teachers you will find in the world.  All of them are masters of their art.  They are absolutely passionate about music and the instruments they teach, and they have real world music industry experience as performers, recording artists, songwriters, music engineers and music managers. All are accomplished musicians in their own right with a wealth of knowledge to share with their students.

Teaching Team

Guy Harrison

Guy Harrison is an accomplished musician with significant performance and teaching experience in piano, guitar and trumpet. 

Guy is a real career musician, devoting all his time and energy to creating music, recording and performing when he is not teaching for Rudd School of Rock.  He is a member of the highly successful band The Miltones, who were awarded the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut 2018 for their recently released self-titled album at the Taite Music Awards.  The Miltones have performed at major music festivals WOMAD, Marchfest and sold out their album release tour.

Guy’s band 'Avantdale Bowling Club' received two major awards at Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2019, Album of the Year and Best Hip Hop Artist. Guy also plays in Troy Kingi's band 'the Upperclass' and Troy Kingi took out Best Maori Artist and Best Roots Artist .

Other well-known artists Guy works with include Hollie Smith, Batucada Sound Machine, Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes, Esther Stevens and The Means, Mice on Stilts and Balu Brigada.

Guy holds a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) from University of Auckland, and his other formal music qualifications include Grade 8 Classical Guitar with Trinity College London along with Grade 5 Piano and Grade 5 Music Theory with Royal School of Music London.

With his skills across more than one instrument, multitude of music qualifications and extensive performance experience, Rudd School of Rock music students know they will be learning with a real musical genius!

Stefan Maday 

Stefan Maday is an accomplished musician playing guitar, piano, violin and cello.  Stefan has graduated from University of Auckland with a Bachelors of Music and Bachelor of Science conjoint degree.  While a student at Avondale College, Stefan won the 2010 Gordon Cole Award for Excellence in Music and was music leader for the school from 2009-2010.  Stefan was recently involved in a musical vocal and ensemble composition class at University of Auckland and contributed to University choir performances. Composition and songwriting is one of Stefan's special interests and we may see him developing musical scores for the international film and television industry one day.

Stefan is passionate about passing on his musical knowledge and experience to Rudd School Of Rock students.  With his strong background in both theory and performance of classical and modern music, whether you are learning guitar or piano with Stefan, you can be assured you are learning with a real music perfectionist with an incredible store of music knowledge to share. 

Aubrie Mitchell   


Aubrie Mitchell is a passionate musician with over 12 years experience playing the piano. Besides piano, Aubrie is also fluent on the guitar, bass, ukulele and cajon.

Aubrie plays across several music genres.  She is trained in classical piano, but also enjoys playing jazz piano, flamenco spanish guitar, and reggae beats on the cajon.

In 2018, Aubrie was fortunate enough to be mentored by Josh Fountain, winner of the NZ producer of the year award in 2019. For 12 weeks, Aubrie and Josh collaborated in making a song with Sony solo artist Amila. This led to Aubrie pursuing a full-time career in music. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Music Studies) at the University of Auckland. She is an aspiring music producer who enjoys writing and producing her own music.

Aubrie has performed many times both as soloist and accompaniment on the piano, guitar and cajon. Currently, Aubrie is in a band called ‘Chop Sui’ playing the cajon and occasional piano and guitar.

With her many musical talents, backed by the Bachelor of Music she is working on and a commitment to a career in music, Aubrie will be a very inspiring teacher for her students at Rudd School of Rock.

Hannah Twomey

Hannah Twomey is an accomplished and passionate musician with many years of experience. She is highly skilled in the bassoon, flute, and piano, with the latter her specialty having 15 years playing, learning, and teaching experience.

Hannah holds her Grade 8 ABRSM Certificate in Piano and Bassoon along with Grade 5 ABRSM Theory. She has had a multitude of orchestral/band experience, solo performance experience, and competition experience, having competed in a Mozart Piano Concerto Competition in 2017. As an outstanding music student and leader at Baradene College until graduating in 2017, she won awards for Top in Music at all levels of NCEA Music, along with other Performing Arts awards including the Senior Piano Cup and Senior Musician of the Year.

Having recently returned from a gap year in Spain, Hannah is now studying a Bachelor of Communications at AUT.

Hannah is very passionate about passing on musical knowledge to her students and inspiring and igniting passion in the instrument for them just as she had from her teachers. She loves working with children and is very kind, supportive and encouraging and looks forward to bringing out the musical stars shining within all of the students with Rudd School of Rock. 

Derek Long

Derek Long is a highly talented and experienced pianist who holds the highest qualification in piano from Trinity College of London, an LTCL Diploma in Piano Performance.  He has performed at a multitude of venues, including Auckland Town Hall, and has participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists including Michael Houstoun, Piers Lane, Jianing Kong, Read Gainsford, Xie Ming and Professor Song Wen Li.  
Derek has competed in piano performance across Auckland, coming second in the 2015 Auckland Ronisch Piano Competition and winning both the North Shore Performing Arts Society and the APMA junior recital competitions in 2016. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2019 Wallace National Piano Competition.
Derek's passion for piano and music is something that he excited to share with his students at Rudd School of Rock!
Ben Daley

 

Ben Daley is a devoted musician who has been playing the guitar for over 10 years, and has spent years building up his knowledge and skills in music and he's still not stopping.

Ben has completed Grade 5 ABRSM theory exam and Grade 5 practical Trinity Rock and Pop guitar exams with distinction, excelled in Level 3 NCEA Music and is currently working towards graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) degree from Auckland University.

With such a passion and incredible knowledge of music to go with his guitar skills, Ben’s students can have absolute faith that they will be learning not just how to play the guitar well, but how to play it with real musical understanding.

Ryan Ivory

Ryan Ivory is a true lover of music with knowledge and experience in a wide variety of styles, from Reggae to Heavy Metal and many genres in between. He has 14 years of experience playing Acoustic and Electric Guitar and also plays Bass. Ryan has performed with various bands and also enjoys composing and producing original music.

In his final year at Avondale College, Ryan was awarded as top music student. From here he went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Auckland with double-majors in Music and Psychology. This educational experience greatly helped Ryan gain greater understandings of how music and people work, which was excellent preparation for teaching.

Ryan hopes to help students become as passionate about the art form of music as he is. Through sharing instrumental technique and theoretical understandings, he aims to set-up young players with the skills to enable the type of musical engagement that enhances life!

Liam Nuttall

Liam Nuttall is an experienced musician who has been playing guitar for 10+ years while additionally learning bass, piano and vocals.

Liam is currently completing his Bachelor of Music majoring in popular music at the University of Auckland. Studying music at a tertiary level has allowed Liam to continue learning a wide range of theory and practical skills to extend his musical knowledge and benefit his teaching ability.

Liam has been highly influenced by classic rock, acoustic and pop music with experience in playing with rock bands and solo/duo performances. In 2018 Liam won the top lyrical song section of the national song-writing competition Play It Strange and has performed alongside some of New Zealand’s greatest artists including Dave Dobbyn and Eddie Rayner.

Liam is a dedicated musician and is passionate about teaching and sharing his excitement for and knowledge of music with all his students.

Marcella Adisurya

Marcella Adisurya is an avid musician with her main musical strength in guitar, but she can also play the piano and drums.

Marcella experience on guitar spans over 10 years.  She is accomplished performer with jazz groups, rock bands and church bands.  Marcella is skilled across all genres but she has a real soft spot for performing jazz.

To cap her mastery of the guitar, Marcella is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Music Arts degree, majoring in Guitar Performance.

Marcella loves working with children and joins Rudd School of Rock with strong teaching experience both on guitar and as a tutor in mathematics and English.  She is a highly supportive, patient and encouraging teacher who is sure to bring out the best in her students.

Max van Dijck

Max van Dijck is a passionate and dedicated guitar player who has been playing for over 10 years. 

Infatuated with rock, metal and modern fusion guitar playing, Max has always focused on building a high level of technique and proficiency on his instrument. 

Max values the importance of helping his students build a passion for the guitar and music. He is a committed to teaching his students in a way that brings out their creativity and unique voice on the guitar, and he believes that every musician should have the confidence and opportunity to share their music.

When he's not on his guitar, Max can be found working on his Bachelor of Creative Technologies at AUT or building Arduino robots.

Emily Briggs

Emily Briggs is a talented and high-achieving musician.  Her chosen area of specialization is singing and she has been recognized for her talents receiving several performing arts special awards over the years as well as receiving rare performance opportunities both in NZ and overseas.

Emily is currently studying a conjoint Music and Law degree at Auckland University and has ATCL Diploma in Performance Arts and Advanced Performance Certificate for Music (Voice).  She was the recipient of the prestigious Marie D’Albini Singing Scholarship for 2017 at Auckland University.

Beyond her exceptional singing experience Emily has attained Grade 6 (Classical Piano), Grade 5 (Jazz Piano) and Grade 5 (Oboe).

An outstanding student of Macleans College, Emily obtained top grades for music including the High Achievers Award (top in New Zealand at AS and AL level) and has performed for opera legend Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Emily was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir from 2015-2016. A highlight of her time with Choir was singing at the 100th ANZAC Commemoration Service in Wellington before commencing an international tour of Canada.

Emily’s students at Rudd School of Rock can consider themselves to be very fortunate to be learning the art of singing with such a passionate, highly qualified and gifted teacher! 

Georgia Waratini

Georgia Waratini is an experienced musician whose passion lies in singing. She is inspired by a diverse range of genres including Pop, Funk, Jazz, and above all, R&B and Soul.

Georgia has been obsessed with singing from a young age. She naturally gravitated towards performing in school productions, Kapa Haka and in recent years she has performed both as a soloist and with bands.

To add credentials to her incredible talent for singing, Georgia is currently completing her Bachelor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music as a Vocalist at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) and she also holds a Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance. Through her studies she continues improve in theory, practical, and technical skills to support her musical path and looks forward to helping her Rudd School of Rock vocal students do the same.

Mary Laing

Mary Laing is an ambitious and highly talented young performer. Musically trained in both vocals and piano, Mary chosen area of specialisation is vocals and she has been recognised for this in notable competitions in NZ and overseas.

She is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance (Voice) at the University of Auckland. She also holds an ATCL Diploma in Voice as well as grades in piano and piano theory.

Mary recently received the ‘Most Outstanding Competitor’ at the Te Awamutu Vocal Competitions and also recently was selected as one of 21 students to attend the prestigious NZ Opera Training School in Whanganui over two weeks during January.

Mary is really excited to share her passion for music and her talents with the students at the Rudd School of Rock.

Olivia Just

Olivia Just is a passionate musician who found joy in piano and singing lessons from a young age through until high school.  She is trained in classical, contemporary and jazz styles and is currently completing a conjoint Bachelor of Music (Popular Music Vocals major) and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland.

Olivia was lead singer for both the Funk Band and Jazz Group while at Kristin College and was headliner performer at the Kaitaia Music Festival 2019.  Olivia also enjoys writing her own music.

Olivia has a real penchant for sharing her knowledge and passion for music with young students and she is incredibly excited to be part of the Rudd School of Rock teaching team, just as we are incredibly grateful to have her!

Isabella Bouwer

Isabella Bouwer is an enthusiastic and passionate musician trained in voice and piano. Isabella started her musical journey aged 6, and since then she has been involved in a wide variety of musical endeavours. She is a current member of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir (2019-2020), as well as recently being selected as a reserve member of the New Zealand Youth Choir for 2020-2022. Isabella was also part of both premier choirs at Takapuna Grammar (2018-2019), both reaching the finals in “The Big Sing”. She has also held lead roles in several productions including ‘The Little Mermaid’ (Takapuna Grammar School, 2019) and ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (London). Isabella has been trained by some of New Zealand’s top vocal specialists and has performed all over the country.

One of Isabella’s highlight performance experiences was singing with Sir Bob Geldof and Mick Fleetwood’s Playing It Strange concert in September 2019 at the Vodafone Events Centre. 

Isabella is truly excited about sharing her expertise and knowledge of both singing and piano with Rudd School of Rock's students. 

Silika Mauwong

Silika Mauwong is a driven performer with a wealth of experience in singing, piano and guitar. She has been vocally coached for 15 years; 7 years classically trained by some of New Zealand’s most accomplished vocal coaches. Silika started performing from an early age and was involved in several plays in school. Between the ages of 8 and 11, she took part in the Opera Factory productions performing various musicals such as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘The Boy Who Grew Too Fast’.

She won her first talent quest in high school under Best Junior Vocalist at Botany Downs Secondary College in 2014. Having been referred by one of the talent quest’s judges who was impressed with her vocal ability, she was given the opportunity to audition for the lead role in the Walt Disney Princess movie Moana.

She had her first experience in a recording studio in 2015, singing background vocals for Jennifer K. Austin’s album, ‘Take Me With You’. Later that year, she recorded and released her debut album, ‘Reach’ which was No. 17 in the New Zealand Top 20 Music Charts. The same year, she had the honour in meeting New York Celebrity Vocal Coach & Grammy Award winning songwriter Wendy Parr in the NZ Singing Intensive. Since then, Silika has continued to compose and write songs, planning to incorporate them in a future album. She actively competes in many singing competitions and talent quests, winning the title of Mt Wellington Idol where she was awarded the top prize by 2004 New Zealand Idol winner Ben Lummis.

Silika is thrilled to be a part of the Rudd School of Rock team and is excited by the privilege she had in being able to share her knowledge and love for music with her students.

Elijah Whyte

Elijah Whyte is a dedicated musician with professional experience in both performance and teaching on the drums. 

With music being his full time career, Elijah is constantly performing, recording, writing and teaching music. He is a member of the very successful covers band The Beat Council, who performs every Friday night at Auckland’s busiest and biggest bar Sweatshop Brew Kitchen. Elijah is also an accomplished session musician who has performed and recorded with some of New Zealand’s best music artists/acts including Troy Kingi, Hollie Smith, Nathan Haines, Foley, Harper Finn, Alae and Thabani Gapara. 

Elijah holds a Bachelor of Music degree Majoring in Jazz Performance from the University of Auckland. His other formal music qualifications include the 2018 KBB Music Jazz Percussionist of the year Award, and the Mike Chunn Award for Song Writing in both 2014 and 2015 while studying at Takapuna Grammar School.

With his proficient skills on the drums, backed by his wide-ranging performance experience and music qualifications, Elijah is sure to be a very inspiring and fun teacher for his students at Rudd School of Rock!

Libby Cammell

Libby Cammell started learning music at a young age and discovered her love & talent for drums soon after she turned 10. Her training in drums continued in earnest throughout her teen years, she sat Trinity College of London music exams and seized every opportunity to be the band drummer that came her way.

Her aim in teaching is to pass on her passion for drums to others through lessons that are fun and tailored to each individual’s learning style.

Libby models the mantra that “girls can do anything” and when not on the drums, she is also playing a bit of bass guitar, or working hard towards her degree in Computer and Information Sciences at Auckland University.

Jacob Suckling

Jacob Suckling is a passionate drummer and has been playing the drums since he was 4 years old.  He has extensive live performance experience, including playing in churches since the age of 12.

Jacob is dedicated to the idea of passing on his knowledge and passion for the drums and music in general. He has very committed to showing drum students that there is much more music in drums than most people give credit for.

Alongside teaching drums for Rudd School of Rock, Jacob is studying towards a Diploma in Christian Studies with a focus on leadership.

Jacob’s students will find him to be a super-enthusiastic, patient, and friendly teacher who will make drum lessons a joy to attend every week!

Management Team

Peter J Rudd

 

Peter J Rudd is Rudd School of Rock's Founder/Director.  Peter an award-winning musician with thirty years local and international music industry experience.  Peter has been playing and performing music since he was seven years old, starting on drums before moving to guitar, piano, singing, songwriting and more recently music industry management in global markets. 

Peter formed the multiple award-nominated rock band Tourist, which achieved significant international success and critical acclaim with their distinct formula of guitar-based music built upon Rudd's songwriting. Tourist released several albums, toured both New Zealand and overseas, and achieved significant international industry accolades.

Peter was nominated as a Finalist for the International Songwriting Competiton (ISC) from over 15,000 entries from around the world for the song ‘Do You Feel The Cold?.’ Tourist signed a publishing deal with Los Angeles company Heyday Media Group and consequently licensed music to the soundtrack for the Hollywood movie ‘Butterfly Effect 2.’ A number of other major US film and television and advertising soundtrack synchronisation deals were also achieved. The band has toured domestically and overseas performing alongside some of the biggest names in music including Snow Patrol, Evermore, Goldenhorse, Greg Johnson, The Feelers, Opshop and Pluto.

Peter established Rudd School Of Rock as he believes that musicians like himself, with an intimate practical knowledge of music and a wealth of experience in the music industry have a responsibility to pass this knowledge and experience onto future generations of music leaders, and Rudd School of Rock provides the medium for that to take place.



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