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.  

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 across a range of styles and genres with her main passion performing jazz. Marcella is an experienced live and band musician and has performed with jazz groups, rock bands and church bands.

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.

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.

Leith Towers

Leith Towers is a seasoned musician and performer of over 10 years experience. Specialising in guitar, he has attained Grade 8 with excellence from Trinity College of London. Leith has played with accomplished local rock groups such as Charlie Freak, Dirty Pixels and Marlins Dreaming, supporting international acts Mac DeMarco and Ocean Alley at venues throughout New Zealand. 

Leith has undergone intensive contemporary and classical training in guitar, and so his forte is guitar, but like many successful musicians he is a multi-instrumentalist.

Leith has composed and performed for theatre, including the critically acclaimed production ‘Violent Bloom’ - performed at Aucklands basement theatre in 2018. 

We’re very lucky to have Leith onboard the Rudd School of Rock teaching team to share his talent and experience with aspiring new guitarists.

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! 

Mary Laing

Mary Laing is an ambitious and highly talented young performer. She specialises in Voice and 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 various grades in piano and 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!

Liam Crawford

Liam Crawford is a talented drummer with over 10 years experience performing and mastering the practice of drumming.  Liam has achieved Grade 8 Trinity level for drums and has worked and played in bands across a very broad range of music genres including jazz, reggae, ska, rock, funk, latin and pop.

Liam is a true musician who is not just about giving the beat.  Liam has a special interest in putting his own creative spin in when drumming.  It’s an attitude that allows Liam to try and stand out from the rest when performing on the drums.  Liam’s experience in piano and guitar also helps him translate musicality to his drumming style.

When not drumming, performing in one of his bands, or enthusiastically teaching Rudd School of Rock drum students, Liam is working on completing the final stages of his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Auckland University of Technology.  

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.

Anita Lowe

Anita Lowe is our Executive Director.  Anita joined Rudd School of Rock from a background in corporate management consulting and is the reason why Rudd School of Rock runs like a well-oiled machine.

While she is no accomplished musician, Anita is grateful to her parents for gifting her years of music lessons growing up.  No matter how busy life gets today, Anita still likes to find time to retreat to the piano or guitar even for 10 minutes at a time.  

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