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Mary Chun (Head of Music Tutors)

 

  • BMus in Music Performance with Honours, The University of Melbourne

  • Master of Music Performance Teaching, The University of Melbourne

  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), La Trobe University

  • Australian Registered Qualified Secondary School Music Teacher

  • Former Performer of Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra

  • Former Performer of GSOV Orchestra

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”             – Victor Hugo

 

   Mary began learning the violin and piano at the age of three, which gave her deeply rooted passion. Progressing fast as a pianist, she achieved many awards in several competitions in her early teen years, in South Korea.

   Mary chose to study abroad in Australia; she actively performed at school and received an Award Certificate of Most Likely to be the Next Mozart and Award for piano at Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival. She completed Bachelor of Music (Hons) Performance on Piano at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and continued to study in Master of music Performance Teaching which gave her great insight into the rich pedagogy for students. As a soloist, Mary has had experiences in performing as a solo, chamber group and orchestra.

   She arranged her own chamber music from scores of the original ensembles and received an Alan C Rose Memorial scholarship in 2011. Her chamber group awarded second prize in the Musical Society of Victoria Chamber Music Competition in 2012.

 

   With over 10 years in-depth experience in the practical, theoretical and technical aspect, Mary is passionate about teaching children and adults’ instrumental techniques, scales, sight reading and music theory. She is skilful in assisting students prepare for music examinations, auditions and performances.

   Mary will conduct each lesson with the balance of music theory and learning piano. Mary believes that music helps to build a good character by developing musical abilities and enhances the complete person by improving both and aesthetic sense and the ability of express; it can help students to mature into a full musical growth.

 

 

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Beginners to advanced learners in all ages

  • Students who want to prepare for exam and scholarships

Elizabeth Yik 

  • ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (1987) & Grade 6 Music Theory (1985)

  • Yamaha Electon Organ Grade 6

  • LCM Jazz Graded Syllabus teaching Grade 1-5

  • Specializes in Christian Music & Worship Training

  • Music Director / Pastor - Vision Life Centre Auckland

  • Former Judge for Piano / Singing / Children Talents Competitions (Malaysia)

  • BTheol (Hons.) - Bible College of Malaysia

  • BCom - University of Canterbury Christchurch

   Starting her musical journey at the age of six, Elizabeth progressed promisingly as a young musician. During her early teen years, she performed on piano, organ and violin at concerts, recitals, musical plays, charity events, Malaysian National TV and National Radio Station. She has experiences in accompanying vocalists, instrumental soloists and choirs. Elizabeth first taught piano at the age of twelve and dedicated her life in music education upon completing her university. She coaches young children to adult learners piano, keyboard, music theory, and conducts aural training, music appreciation and church worship training. Many of Elizabeth's students established a lifelong relationship bonding with her.

 

   With 20 years of teaching experiences at an awards-winning and distinguished Music Academy in Malaysia before moving to New Zealand in 2019, Elizabeth believes that musical instructions should be tailored and adapted to suit students' age, interest, need and potential, at a pace and in a learning style that will help them learn more effectively. Her teaching goal is to enrich students' lives with love and understanding of music through their musical journeys. Although mastering an instrument requires time investment and hard-works, the process should also be fun, adventurous, fulfilling and rewarding. Helping her students succeed in their musical endeavour and seeing their growth in life is her greatest joy of teaching!

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Beginners to advanced learners

  • Students preparing for exams - piano practical and music theory

  • Students who wish to develop or improve their piano/keyboard skills

  • Students who wish to learn improvisation, chord progression, accompaniment technique and enjoy playing their favourite genres

  • Church musicians desiring to improve their musicianship skills & worship techniques

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Daly Li 

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  • Bachelors of Music, majoring in Classical performance in Violin - University of Auckland

  • Diploma in Music Performance ATCL - Trinity College

 

   Daly Li has completed his Bachelor in Music, majoring in Violin Classical Performance at the University of Auckland studying under the tutelage of Elizabeth Holowell. Daly is now studying towards his post-graduate degree in violin pedagogy for further knowledge in advanced studio pedagogy and pedagogical repertoire for violin playing.

 

   Daly has a huge passion for orchestral and ensemble playing, previously participating in the Academy of Strings, Manukau Youth Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, Manukau Symphony Orchestra and the University of Auckland School of Music Symphony Orchestra.

 

   In 2014, Daly won the Manukau Symphony Orchestra Competition and was awarded a scholarship. Also in 2015, he was also awarded the Eleanor Spragg scholarship. He attended Pakuranga College and this is where he was awarded the Rive Cup of Excellence in Instrumental Music in 2011.

 

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Beginners to advanced learners of all ages

  • Preparation of musical reviews and assessment

  • Violin and musical learning for all ages and walks of life

  • Lifelong interest, and engagement with music    

 

 

Sara Lee

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  • Moscow Tchaikovsky music school

  • Bachelors of Music, majoring in Classical performance in Piano - University of Auckland

  • Aukland Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) Haydn Staples piano scholarships

  • Concert with APO, ASO, AYO

  • First prize in Hamilton piano competition

  • First prize at Auckland university graduation Gala concerto piano competition

   Sara began her piano studies at the age of six, studied piano at the Tchaikovsky music school in Moscow, and won many awards from the school including outstanding performance awards. Sara has recently graduated Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland.

   Sara has won several national and international competitions around the world. She has been successful with her concert at Rachmaninoff Hall of Moscow Conservatory( Moscow, Russia), Kumho Art Hall(Seoul), Mozart hall(Seoul) Wiener Saal of Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Konzertsal Handel Karee Haus(Halle, Germany), Lyon conservatory hall(France), Recitals at the Academie Internationale de musique de Colombes,2018 Taiwan maestro piano festival, she participating in a masterclass with acclaimed pianists such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Andrej Jasinski, Pavel Gililov, Epifanio Comis and Boris Berman.

 

   Sara has been building experiences in teaching young students, especially those who want to prepare for the competition. Sara will provide high technical skills, and will easily improve their performance skill starting from the very basics to an advanced level with giving full musical knowledge. She has also many experiences in accompanying many soloists and choirs. Sara also participated in the ROSL chamber music competition and NZ chamber competition.

Ideal Teacher for:  

  • Beginners to advanced learners of all ages

  • Students who want to prepare for exam and scholarships

  • Students who prepare for going to music university

  • Students who prepare for competition

Jono Stewart 

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  • Studying Bachelor of Popular Music at the University of Auckland

  • Trinity College of Music Grade 8 Singing - 2014

  • Trinity College of Music Grade 5 Theory - 2011

  • Smokefree Rockquest 2018 National Finalist

  • Smokefree Rockquest 2017 Highly Commended Solo/Duo

      Jono has been singing since age 6 and playing piano shortly after this. He is also a competent guitar and ukulele player. He is currently studying Popular Music at the University of Auckland, alongside Law. 

 

     He started out his musical journey singing in the Christchurch Cathedral Choir, where he learned musical theory, singing, and piano. Shortly thereafter, Jono completed his Grade 8 singing. 

He then took a popular music approach and started writing songs as this is what excited him more. Over his high school years, Jono wrote dozens of songs, played in a band that won the Smokefree Rockquest Canterbury regional finals, as well as a duo, which now has over 230 thousand hits on Spotify. Jono taught songwriting in the school’s band programme, which he found a passion for. 

 

    Jono teaches songwriting, including piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele. He is a down-to-earth young musician, who works well with both children and adults and can craft a fun learning environment. 

Ideal teacher for: 

  • Beginner to advanced songwriters of all ages. 

  • Those looking to compete in Smokefree Rockquest or Rockshop Band Quest.

  • Students who are studying/preparing to study music in high school or University.

Katie Ma

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  • Wuhan Conservatory of music school  

  • BMus in music performance with honours, University of Auckland 

  • Performer of Auckland University chamber quintet                                                               

 

   After moving to New Zealand at the age of 12, Katie is proficient with both English and Chinese. Since studying towards her degree in Auckland, she has grown an interest in music education for the piano. She is interested in developing children's own unique musical growth, by using different teaching materials and methods. Combine knowledge from both cultures-Asia and European style of teaching into one.

 

   Katie is heavily influenced by well-known musicians such as Gao-Ping and Professor Du Tai Hang at the Beijing Conservatory of Music in China. At age eleven, Katie was accepted to Wuhan Conservatory of Music, and since then have won many national and local competitions around China. She also participated in many masterclasses in Shanghai and Beijing during her study in China.

 

   Katie has also many experiences accompanying ensembles, vocalists and for soloists competing in major competitions around New Zealand. She also regularly performs chamber music at many events around Auckland.

 

Ideal Teacher for:

  • Beginners to advanced learners

  • Students who want to prepare for exams 

  • Young children, pre-school or primary school students