MEET THE TEAM

Some of the Apollo tutors got together to record our own version of this Stevie Wonder classic. Have a watch and a listen to see who’ll be teaching you! Get in touch for more info.

TUTORS

David Lester
David LesterGuitar Teacher

David Lester has been studying music for over a decade and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music. David has explored and performed many styles of music over his musical journey, including but not limited to: Blues, Jazz, RnB/Soul, Metal, Pop, Reggae and many others. Whether you are a student or an established artist – David will guide you to reach your goals!

Ayrton Foote
Ayrton FootePiano / Keyboard Teacher

Ayrton Foote graduated from the NZSM in 2012, with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. He’s since been a highly in-demand piano teacher and session musician around New Zealand. Ayrton makes sure the students are having fun first and foremost, and caters his style to each student. When asked to describe his teaching style in one word, the answer was: “Flexible!”.

Conall Ryan
Conall RyanSinging & Bands Teacher

Conall is our vocal tutor and band tutor. He loves to use various genres and types of singing in his lessons so that he can really help students with developing and refining their own style. Conall holds a Bachelor of Commercial Music from Massey University, and spends his time passing his vast knowledge on to others while also working on his various musical projects.

Callum Hazlitt-Black
Callum Hazlitt-BlackGuitar & Bass Teacher

Having graduated from Whitireia with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) in 2013, Callum has been playing in many Wellington bands, performing funk, rock, jazz, blues, and pop around New Zealand. Callum has been teaching guitar and bass in the Wellington region for the last 9 years.

Jordan Ross
Jordan RossDrum Teacher

When he’s not teaching drums, Jordan (BMus) spends his time drumming in one of New Zealand’s premier pop-punk bands, The Lost Boys. Jordan’s experience and range of knowledge as a teacher makes him an asset to the Apollo Music team, and a highly effective, humble drum teacher.

Georgia Steel
Georgia SteelPiano, Violin & Viola Teacher

Georgia teaches piano, violin and viola. She graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Classical Performance on viola, with extra studies in piano and orchestral conducting. Georgia has worked with a wide variety of people and can freely adapt to individual needs.

Jake Church
Jake ChurchGuitar Teacher

Jake Church is a Wellington-based, multi-award-winning guitarist and teacher. He has a Master of Musical Arts degree from the New Zealand School of Music, and specialises in classical guitar and experimental music. Jake’s teaching style takes a fun approach to modern music, with influence from traditional technique where appropriate.

Sam Higham
Sam HighamGuitar, Piano & Drum Teacher

Sam is a true multi-instrumentalist, who has honed his skills at Massey University through Bachelor of Commercial Music. Sam plays the drums and keys in Wellington band ‘Pale Lady’, and won the NZ Battle of the Bands in 2017. Sam encourages good technique to get students playing with emotion, ease, and fluidity. Watch Sam playing here.

Jeremy Hall
Jeremy HallDrum Teacher

Jeremy teaches drums for Apollo. He graduated from London College of Music (BMus Hons) in 2016, where he studied Popular Music Performance. He likes to spend his free time writing, recording and producing his own music. A multi-instrumentalist, Jeremy is not only an amazing drummer but also an accomplished pianist and guitarist.

Administration

Jake Stokes
Jake StokesManaging Director

Jake is both the Managing Director of Apollo Music, and a local rock music producer. Jake discovered his love for teaching in 2007 and has taught continuously since, forming Apollo Music in 2013. Jake is interested in developing the musicianship of his students, in addition to teaching the mechanics of how to play the guitar.

William Philipson
William PhilipsonMusic School Coordinator

William is the Music School Coordinator of Apollo. As well as being an administrative wizard, he is also an amazing film composer and musician. William holds a Masters of Fine Arts in film scoring, and a BA majoring in film and music from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, where in 2017 he was awarded the Susan Rhind Award in Composition.