Music tutors

Gloria Hildred, Dip RJC Music, CertALTBAppA(Music),  

Tutor, Band Studies, Contextual Studies and Research & Presentation 

Gloria has worked in various fields of education and the music industry for over 20 years, playing with Kiwi artists including Jools Topp (Topp Twins) Brendan Power, Rodger Fox and the late Mahinarangi Tocker. She has also worked with NZ theatre groups such as Red Mole, Not Broadcast Quality and Magdalena Aotearoa in live sound production, event management, setbuilding and performance. She has 30 years experience in a diverse range of businesses as a manager, director and sole trader. As a bass player, Gloria has played with The Kapiti Coast Big Band (jazz), Mtown (Motown covers), The John O’Connor Experiment and continues to play in various bands focusing on originals. She has been teaching and tutoring since 1992, and is a BAppA (Music) graduate of Whitireia. 


Phil Hornblow, BMus, ATCL 

Tutor, Professional Studies, Music Theory, PA Technology, Band Workshop 

Phil has worked in the recording & music industry for 20 years. Vision Studios is the music production business that he owns and manages. Phil has experience producing music in a wide range of genres ranging from recording work with the NZSO and various classical choral ensembles, to music production work for the television series Karaoke High and numerous radio and television commercials. He has designed and built two music production facilities where he has engineered and produced material for a large number of recording artists. 


Dan Adams, BMus, BA, DipTeach 

Tutor, Composing, Songwriting, Research & Presentation and Understand Music 

Dan’s work as a professional composerperformer with the New Zealand International Arts Festival and other festivals has seen him tour New Zealand and create and perform original mixedmedia musictheatre works collaborating with actors, animators, designers, the New Zealand Film Archive and other musicians. Dan has commercially released four compact discs of his original music – Shine, One, Storm and This Love Will Undo Us All, and in a number of composing projects has explored everything from William Shakespeare to 21st Century global urbanization. Dan’s interest in multimedia composition and performance has seen him make over 100 short films published at www.urbexcentral.com and www.wellingtonia.tumblr.com 


Lisa Tomlins 

Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in the music industry as a professional vocalist. She has travelled extensively throughout Australasia, Asia, UK, Europe and the USA with the likes of Fly My Pretties, Hollie Smith, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddie’s Drop, Sola Rosa and Rhombus. She continues to tour regularly, her most recent being Lord Echo in Japan and Neil Finns 'Dizzy Heights' World Tour. 

Lisa is a lower North Island judge for Smokefree Pacifica Beats, RockquestRockshop Bandquest (for Year 78 students), and is a mentor for the New Zealand Music Commissions’ 'Mentors in Schools' program. She is also currently studying for her BAppA (Music). 


Sandy Cairns-James, MA, PGDip (Singing Teaching), BMus, MA (Education) 

Tutor, Singing and Choir 

Sandy has had 25 years as a professional singer in the music industry as a lead vocalist for Rock/Jazz bands. She has also had 10 years’ experience as a vocal tutor and has recently completed an MA in education at Victoira University. Her desire is to see contemporary singers reach their full potential and she believes that any singer who is serious about their singing voice will benefit from this music course. This year she is starting research for a master thesis on peak performance for singers.  


Jonny Lawrence 

Dip Jazz Performance 

Jonny is a professional guitar/bass player who has worked extensively abroad in the Caribbean, Thailand and the USA and he brings 17 years of professional musicianship with him. When back on home soil Jonny regularly tutors and leads local soul/funk band Pyramids, funk/fusion band Hoonhunters and the electric duo Ugly Disco. He also plays bass for Eva Lankum and continues playing on cruise ships as time permits.


Ian Seumanu (DJ Raw) 

Co-ordinator and Tutor in DJ Music 

DJ Raw is a New Zealand hip hop pioneer making his name in the DJ Battle scene dominating all New Zealand competitions for a whole decade while gaining respect as a world-class turntablist consistently placing in the top ten of both the DMC and ITF World Final and is the only New Zealander ever to be crowned ITF Australasian DJ Champion. DJ Raw has also been the backbone to some of New Zealand’s most influential groups and artist such as Gifted and Brown, Over stayers, Footsouljahs, King Kapisi and Flowz. Performing in groups or solo DJ Raw has played support to some of the industry biggest name like Snoop DoggBusta Rhymes, Black Eyed Peas, The Roots, Cypress Hill, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Beastie Boys, Bone Thugs N Harmony, De La Soul and many more, now retired from competition and after a number of awards for his dedication to the New Zealand Hip Hop scene DJ Raw continues a busy show schedule and teaches DJing fulltime at Whitireia. He is also focused on production, and having produced 3 albums for Footsouljahs and Flowz he is currently completing his own debut album. 


Shannon Rawiri-Chng: (DJ Shan) 

Wellington born Raised in Arataki, Mt Maunganui. Shan has always had a passion for Turntables and records. Ever since he was a little kid he knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. A DJ!  Shan moved back to his birth city to make a life for himself within the thriving DJ music scene over 10 years ago. 

One of Wellington’s finest Vinyl assassins and party rocking DJ’s within the city club and party scene, starting out in 1996 at the now infamous hiphop cauldron “LA LUNA”, night club.  

From there he has gone on to front many of Wellington’s finest hiphop, RnB club nights. Drink lab, Starlight ballroom, Zebos’s, and is one of the founding members of Deluxx at Coyotes and many, many more performing with Wellington city legends like- DJ Raw, Rhys B, Mikki D, Shawn T, Goosh and DJ Kerb to name a few. 

He has also made a name for himself as a musician Turntablist on the live music scene playing also side of some of New Zealand most respected and admired musicians like - 50Hz, Rhain Sheehan, The Nomad, Baitercell N Schumacher, Scribe and P Money, Chong nee and Che fu and the Footsouljahs. Shan has also supported some of the world’s top international recording artists and DJs that have toured this country.                                                                                                                                                                  

In 2003 Shan teamed up with George Packard and DJ Raw and launched the first NZQA approved DJ school in New Zealand.  


Marino Karena 

Tutor in Music Theory, Band Workshop and Certificate in Work Skills (Music & Drama). CertAdEd (Massey). 

Having been raised at Ratana, Marino Karena began his music career at the age of eight, in the Ratana Brass Band. He has been working in the music industry for over 30 years, and in that time has played with or supported Herbs, Dalvanius Prime, Māori Volcanics, Roger Fox, Jenny Morrison, Adijah and Midge Marsden to name a few. Marino has been teaching music in both theory and band workshops for the last 20 years preparing students for employment in the music industry. He is highly proficient in a variety of music genres ranging from Rock, Blues, Reggae, RnB, to contemporary and has dexterity for teaching across all age groups. Currently he is working towards completing his teaching degree, and is an active band member himself, singing and playing guitar, bass, and trombone. 


Tyson Smith 

Dip Jazz Performance 

Tyson has been guitarist with Hollie Smith, Adam Page & the NZSO among others. He teamed up with Rick Cranson (Little Bushman) and Ed Zuccollo to record his album The Hollow Tree which was released late in 2014. 

Since then Tyson has been performing regularly around various New Zealand venues and festivals (either with the trio or solo) with his unique sound featuring blues, folk, rock and world music influences. He also performs regular with his sister Tamara's group Mundi and keyboardist Dayle Jellyman's original project The Three Rays which has an album in the works. 

After performing around Christchurch in various ensembles ranging from pseudo‐flamenco duos to 8‐piece funk bands, Tyson decided it would be a good idea to invest in a cheap Tuxedo and fly to New Orleans. Over the next 3 years he could be found performing in showbands afloat the Caribbean or Mediterranean, or soaking up influences in Central America, Cuba or the States. During a few months in New York he took lessons from some of the city's top guitarists and funded nightly pilgrimages through the snowy streets to various music venues by busking in the subway. Since relocating to Wellington in 2006, he has been busy working on his own original music as well performing with a range of other acts. He has toured extensively internationally with singer Hollie Smith and also played for various productions in both Theatre and TV. 


John O’Connor, BAppA (Music) 

Tutor, Recording, MIDI, Guitar, Band Workshop 

John has worked in the recording and music industry for 30 years. He has worked with many of New Zealand’s bestknown musicians and is considered one of New Zealand’s rock legends. He has played with the NZSO, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mark Williams, Wayne Mason, Ron Goodwin, BB King and Chuck Berry. John has designed and built recording production facilities that produced radio and television commercials. His clients included Toyota, Air NZ, Mobil, Honda, General Motors, Westpac and Telecom. John’s interest in music never wanes. He recently completed a research trip to Cuba and the USA. He continues to record his own original music and play in several original bands. 


Rick Cranson BMus (Jazz) 

After graduation Rick lectured for a while then went overseas in 2001 for further experience, studying traditional drum techniques in Ghana and then on to London, where he played with groups ranging from funk and jazz groups to experimental music. After returning to NZ in 2004 he formed psychedelic rock group Little Bushman which has released a number of recordings and played at both NZ and Australian Festivals. The group has also toured with Blue King Brown (Australia), Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashanTiki Taane (NZ). A highlight was performing and recording in collaboration with John Psathas, with both the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. A live c.d. Little Bushman and John Psathas with the NZSO, was released in February 2010. Rick has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, covering a range of styles and influences. 

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