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.
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 music. He is a member of the highly successful band The Miltones, who were awarded 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 has also performed with major artists including Hollie Smith, Batucada Sound Machine, Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes, Esther Stevens and The Means, Mice on Stilts and Balu Brigada.
When not teaching, performing or working on new material, Guy is studying towards his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree at University of Auckland. 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 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.
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!
Kurt Kong is an exceptional pianist who has attained Grade 8 Piano with ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London) as well as Grade 5 Theory in ABRSM gained with Distinction.
Kurt is highly knowledgeable of all piano techniques and concepts, and is a seasoned performer having showcased his skills in numerous competitions and concerts. Kurt has won awards in various piano competitions including North Shore performing arts, South Auckland performing arts, Te Awamutu performing arts, and West Auckland performing arts competitions.
Beyond piano, Kurt also has a passion for Lion Dance Music in E-PACS (Lion & Dragon Dance Group) and coaches and mentors students across Auckland in this ancient chinese art form. The group regularly performs at cultural events including the annual Chinese Lantern Festival.
Kurt is a very patient teacher, and adapts his teaching style to each individual student. He is keen and energetic, with a great sense of humour and enjoys seeing his energy and positivity reflected in his students.
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.
Nikolas Bryon-Carr is a talented musician and composer with over 13 years of performance experience in guitar, drums and vocals.
Nikolas has played in several bands and has recently joined Auckland heavy metal band Exitium. Nikolas is a fan of many genres of music and has a broad appreciation of and ability to teach different styles of music. For Nikolas as a music composer, a wide exposure to music has enabled him to blend elements of multiple genres to capture the feeling he trying to convey in a particular song, and he likes his students to listen to and learn different styles of music so they can develop skills to do the same.
Beyond his passion for music, Nikolas is in his final stages of a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Auckland. He is also an active member of a number of community organisations including Hospice NZ, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the Auckland Programme for Space Sciences.
Nikolas’ enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with his students is perfectly summarized in his own words: ‘I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives, to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Music has been a gift in my life and I am very excited about the opportunity to play a role in it doing the same for someone else.’
Maxwell Phillips is a highly talented drummer with more than 10 years experience playing and performing on the drums.
Max is sure to be well-liked by his students, not only for his passion for music and his amazing drum skills with his students, but his exceptional people skills and kind attitude. Such traits are highly desirable for a music teacher!
When not teaching music, Maxwell is studying towards his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Unitec.
Max looks forward to working with the new generation of drummers at Rudd School of Rock to master the intricate art and skills of playing the drums.
Marcella Adisurya is an avid musician with her main musical strength in guitar, but she is also has experience playing 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.
Clint Gamree has been a passionate drummer for more than 10 years and is the founder of Auckland heavy metal band Exitium along with Nikolas Bryon-Carr who also teaches guitar at Rudd School of Rock.
Inspired by legends such as John Bonham, Keith Moon & Mitch Mitchell and more, Clint’s drumming style is a mix of classic heavy metal, jazz-fusion. He can deliver fast thrash beats and has a heavy right foot, which apparently is a real asset for a professional drummer.
When not playing or teaching drums, Clint is a keen digital animator and developer and has worked for companies including Rush Digital and Gameloft.
Clint has is passionate about teaching drums to new students, and passing on his immense practical knowledge of how to master this noisy but very cool instrument.
Te Ohorere Williams
Te Ohorere Williams is a young, ambitious and high-achieving vocal performing artist.
Te Ohorere is currently completing conjoint degrees in Music majoring in Performance Voice (Classical) and Law at Auckland University.
Te Ohorere’s notable solo vocal achievements include has winning the NZ Aria Under 21 Most Promising Competitor award for two consecutive years. She has studied under one of NZ's leading sopranos, Dr Morag Atchison and been a member of the National Youth Choir and Voices NZ, and is now looking forward to sharing her incredible talent to help our vocal students sing all the way to the top like she has!
Maxwell Brown is a highly professional musician and music teacher with more than 16 years experience over a number of instruments. Max’s career in the music industry started with making electronic music on his computer before graduating to Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards and Drums.
Maxwell performs on a regular basis performing both solo and with bands including Sans Valeur, Stay Foolish, A Lonely Cow Weeps At Dawn. He has also featured with Whyfi, Badcorporation, Melo Downs, La Rosa Gardens and Him.
Maxwell has obtained tertiary qualifications in music with Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) and has been teaching music on a regular basis for the past 10 years.
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.
Josh Meads is a highly proficient drummer who has performed with many bands and has covered playing drums across a broad range of styles including rock, pop, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, jazz and latin.
Josh is passionate about all things music and has a wide breadth of knowledge about music (including music theory, music history and music psychology).
Besides drums, Josh is also skilled on the guitar and plays the keyboard.
Students learning with Josh will gain a very broad and deep knowledge of what it takes to be a good musician, not just a drummer.
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.