Piano, Keyboard, Theory
Susan (B. Mus(Hons); ATCL; LTCL; FTCL; ULM; AIRMT) is an accomplished pianist, accompanist and piano teacher. She studied piano with various renowned teachers such as Lionel Bowman and Marian Friedman. Over the years she has attended many piano master classes amongst others with Peter Feuchwanger in Switzerland.
She has many years of teaching experience in piano and music theory, and has successfully seen pupils of all grades through Royal Schools (ABRSM) and Trinity College (TCL) exams. Susan has also accompanied many soloists for exams and other performances.
As a teacher, I believe I have a responsibility to continue growing as a musician and teacher throughout my career. I make it a priority to practise regularly, serve as an active member of the local teacher organization (IRMTNZ), attend music workshops and seminars, and stay informed about current piano pedagogy trends and perspectives. I strive to keep my teaching fresh and engaging.
My students and I find great satisfaction and enjoyment in the pursuit of furthering our musical abilities through piano study.
Singing, Theory, PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE
Cindy Jonker, a mezzo-soprano, has a National Diploma in Musical Theatre. She worked as an actress and singer with Children’s Theatre and as a singer with a local Opera Company. She has performed in a variety of musicals, shows and choral concerts, including a summer session with the World Youth Choir.
She has been teaching singing in New Plymouth for two years at ArtSong Singing Studio. She also directed the Taranaki Children’s Choir for a year and a half. She is currently directing the East Auckland Home-school Choir. She has attended many conferences and master classes in singing.
She is a full member of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing.
Cindy is passionate about singing! She believes that everybody can sing and is committed to never stop learning about the voice and vocal teaching techniques. She believes that a good singer must know about music theory, aural awareness and stage craft
Alon has been studying music since he was 6, starting with piano lessons, eventually moving to the guitar which he then began teaching at age 17.
He graduated from the University of Auckland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Jazz and has performed in a variety of bands/variety of styles over the years including musical theatre bands, jazz ensembles and rock/pop groups. He also has experience in composing songs for groups as well as music for films/advertisements and is currently lead guitarist in the band ‘The Essential Tremor’.
Alon believes that learning should always be fun. He enjoys teaching very much and loves to see his students make progress as guitar players.
Sim Li Hoo
Sim Li Hoo did her Masters degree in Piano Performance at Miami University, where she was a recipient of graduate assistantship. She has mainly taught undergraduate students, but also students at beginners level.
She was the official accompanist for the Miami University Chamber Singers and has appeared with the choir at Carnegie Hall in New York in October 2012. She has participated in numerous piano masterclasses, including one conducted by the world renowned pianist, Menahem Pressler. Her principal piano teachers include Dr. Tan Siok Lian and Choi Hee Jung, and she was previously chosen to be the pianist of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO).
Her commitment to the welfare of the community is reflected in her active participation in benefit recitals and charity concerts.
Sim Li believes that a joyous environment can uncover great ability and that students will then also develop their courage and confidence. It is easier to learn when you are happy!
Lynda (LRSM; AIRMT) studied flute in Zimbabwe with Jeanette Micklem and Harmony and Composition with Paul Renan. Lynda has played in many orchestras and wind bands, and is currently still playing 1st flute in the Manukau City Concert Band.
She has many years of experience as private teacher, as well as teaching at the Howick School of Music, where she is also Senior Tutor for the Wind, Keyboard and Introductory Programs. Over the years her students have achieved excellent results in the ABRSM exams.
Lynda teaches flute, beginners to advance level and music theory.