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

Olivia Stewart
Olivia StewartSinging & Piano Teacher

From a young age, Olivia has always enjoyed music. Starting out as a dancer, her love for music grew from there. She began singing at age 10, and completed her Bachelor of Music in 2019, majoring in classical voice at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. She strives to create a supportive and enjoyable learning environment for her students.

Lennox Grootjans
Lennox GrootjansDrum Teacher

Taking inspiration from many of his own great teachers, Lennox adopts many of the same teaching principles which helped him learn when he first began his musical journey: Inspire; Support; Encourage; Explain both the ‘how’ and ‘why’. ​Lennox holds a Bachelor or Music degree majoring in Jazz Performance from Victoria University, and enjoys all genres of music.

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.

Rachel Kibblewhite
Rachel KibblewhiteGuitar Teacher

Rachel’s interest in guitar was sparked when she watched the scene in ‘Back to the Future’ where Marty Mcfly blows everyone away with his talent on the electric guitar. With an unstoppable determination to be as good, Rachel graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music.

Jake Church
Jake ChurchGuitar Teacher

As both a soloist and small ensemble classically trained guitarist, Jake has toured New Zealand and gained numerous performance accolades. He has a Master of Musical Arts degree from the New Zealand School of Music. Jake’s teaching style takes a fun, modern approach, with influence from traditional technique where appropriate.

Kathy Lopez
Kathy LopezPiano Teacher

Kathy started learning piano at a very young age, and was in the NZSM’s Young Musicians Programme for vocal jazz and guitar. Kathy is currently completing her Bachelors degree majoring in Music and Computer Science. She is also an artistic director for choral group Filcoro, the Wellington Filipino Choir, and a member of the Wellington Youth Choir.

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.

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!”.

Steven Beechey
Steven BeecheyGuitar Teacher

Steven is currently completing his BMus majoring in Music at Victoria University. Steven excels in both theory and performance areas and seeks out new and interesting opportunities and creative outlets. He has studied Alexander technique as well as Philosophy of Aesthetics, Musicology, Cognition and Metaphysics at a university level in addition to music composition and performance.

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.

Owen Carty
Owen CartyGuitar Teacher

Owen is a well-rounded musician, teacher, and individual. Owen completed a BA in Music Studies and History in 2011, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2012. Owen believes that getting out there and playing is central to becoming great at music. Music has enriched his life, and he seeks to try and enrich others’ lives through the same medium.

Johno Powell
Johno PowellPiano Teacher

Johno was initially drawn to the piano through the music of film and game soundtracks, and has since developed a love for classical, jazz and rock music. He is completing a Bachelor of Music, majoring in composition. With a passion for music theory, Johno loves to explore a variety of musical styles with piano students, fostering a greater understanding of how music works.

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.

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Onslow College, Burma Rd Johnsonville
Wellington 6035