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ABOUT

WHO ARE WE?

WE ARE LOUD is built on the foundational belief that everyone deserves to learn an instrument, discover their own voice, and unleash their creativity in a supportive, non-judgemental space, with the support of highly experienced, professional musicians and teachers.  

We offer modern, playing-based music lessons focussed on giving students high quality tuition whilst helping them to develop a creative outlet and build confidence through music. 

Our singing lessons bring together modern scientific vocal methods, with contemporary and classical vocal models, to ensure our students get a rounded experience and have the option and skill set to move on to perform any genre or musical style they wish, and have the freedom to make those creative decisions.

Our instrumental lessons use a playing-based approach, ensuring students gain a love, enjoyment and comprehensive understanding of their instruments, with theory and note reading coming a little later than traditional methods - the same principle as learning to speak before you learn to read and write!

 

We use simple, effective techniques to make music learning accessible, whilst playing the songs you love!

We offer both online tuition and in person private and group classes from our studio in the heart of West Auckland.

 

KAUPAPA

We believe everyone is musical.
We believe every voice deserves to be heard.
We believe creativity is key.
We believe in being constructive, not critical, and building students up.
We believe in creating a safe, inclusive space for self-expression.
We believe everyone is capable of achieving something amazing.
We believe everyone deserves dignity and respect without discrimination.
We believe in encouraging, guiding and developing the musical potential and creativity of every student.

We believe in making music lessons accessible to everyone. We do our best to offer scholarships, loan instruments, practise rooms and community services card discounts on an individual basis.

We believe our teachers have the right to work in a safe, supportive environment where their contribution is valued highly. Our teachers are paid all profits from the lessons they teach and respected as the highly trained professionals they are!

OUR TEAM

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JO KELSEY
(She/Her)

BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance

Dip Music Teaching

Grade 8 Classical Singing

Estill Level 1 & 2

NLP & EFT Practitioner

15+ years performance experience

10+ years teaching experience

Teaches Piano, Singing, Rock Band & Choir

Jo is the director of WE ARE LOUD, teaching singing, piano, and performance coaching. She also currently leads several community choirs, performs regularly with her jazz duo and spends her free time writing and recording new music, at the beach or hanging out with her cats. 

 

BMus Popular Music

Estill Level 1 & 2

Published Songwriter

10+ years performance experience

10+ years teaching experience

Teaches Singing, Piano, Guitar & Songwriting

Leea is a singer/songwriter and music teacher based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She specialises in vocals, helping people of all ages find their voice and express themselves through music. When she is not making music, Leea can be found drinking coffee and playing arcade games.

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LEEA
LAMATOA

   

(She/Her, They/Them)

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HEATHER
MANSFIELD

(She/Her)

20+ years Performance Experience

5+ years teaching experience

Trained as an Early Childhood Educator

Studio Production Training with Brooklyn Community Arts

AUT Level 6 Immersive Te Reo Māori & Tikanga

Teaches Keyboard & Piano

Heather Mansfield is part of the We Are LOUD team as a keyboard & piano teacher. She completed the Trinity College Piano & Royal Schools Theory Exams as a child, before moving on to a career as a keyboard player and vocalist in very active New Zealand bands, with numerous international tours and studio releases (across North America & Europe) for most of the 2000's.

Heather is now living in Tāmaki Makaurau with her partner and two wonderful children, and playing as much music as she can possibly fit in around her cryptic crossword addiction!

Grade 8 Harp

Grade 6 Piano & Music Theory

Provisional Member of IRMT NZ

7+ years teaching experience

10+ years performance experience

Teaches Piano & Harp

 

Wendy is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, flute, harp, violin, medieval recorder, singing, and dabbling in medieval/renaissance instruments like rebec, lute and viol da gamba. With a background in digital print, Wendy also spend some time as a Legal Executive, but music quickly took over! In her spare time Wendy enjoys Medieval reenactment, archery, calligraphy, dance, gardening and tending to her houseplant collection!

 

Music Teaching is awesome because:

“It’s everyone's journey, experience, and everyone’s interaction with music is so different, and it's exciting to help a new person discover their own path. I think I learn as much from each student as they do from me. This pandemic has taught the world that when times are tough, we turn to the arts to sustain us. Music can help us connect with each other, and it can help us nurture our own well-being even when alone.”

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WENDY
MANSFIELD

(She/Her)

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MATTHEW
SCARFE

(He/Him)

BMus, Majoring in Jazz Performance

(Current MMus Student, Auckland University, 2022)

15+ years Performance Experience

10+ years Teaching Experience 

Level 3 and 4 Certificate in Group Fitness and Personal Training

Current First aid and CPR certified

Teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums & Rock Band

Matthew is a performing musician and teacher. Being raised in a working musical family, Matthew has played guitar for over 20 years, (while still being in his 20's!). His corporate event band entertains many University event evenings and company functions throughout the year. Matthew also spends time writing music and touring with his heavy metal band. As he enters his Masters studies at Auckland University, Matthew has taken on more time for teaching, helping students explore exciting modern methods of learning guitar and music.  Matthew also has an interest in mental health and physical rehabilitation directly related to musicians. 

When he's not playing music, Matthew is also becoming fluent in Spanish and can solve a Rubik's cube in 30 seconds.

BMus (Honours) Jazz Performance

5+ years Teaching Experience

5+ years Performance Experience

Teaches Guitar & Rock Band

 

Adrian Brown is a musician and music teacher, specializing in a variety of genres such as rock, blues, jazz, and metal. He played in school big bands, jazz combos, rock groups and completed the Grade 8 Rockschool exams throughout his time at High School. Looking to further develop his music knowledge and experience, Adrian began studying Jazz Performance at the University of Auckland. During his four years at University, Adrian has been an actively performing guitarist, playing at jazz clubs, music venues and festivals throughout Auckland, with a variety of different projects and ensembles. Adrian is a passionate teacher and loves nothing more than to see his students thrive and develop a love for music.

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ADRIAN
BROWN

(He/Him)

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BECCA
MEYRICK

(She/Her, They/Them)

2+ years Teaching & Mentoring Experience

10+ years Performing Experience 

Teaches Drums, Ukulele & Rock Band

Becca is a musician and music mentor/teacher in Tamaki Makaurau. She has played the drums and percussion since a young child and as an adult picked up the ukulele, guitar, keyboard and any odd or strange instrument she can. In her spare time she is learning music production at home with her animals. Becca loves being apart of others journey of gaining skills and growing their confidence!

Bmus (Hons) in Classical Performance at UOA
1 years teaching experience
5+ years of performance experience
Teaches Violin

 

Coming from a musical family I began violin and piano at the age of 7 before deciding to focus primarily on the violin around 15. I began my tertiary studies at the University of Auckland in 2019, working towards a BMus in classical performance on violin and am now doing my honours with the intention of a MMUS. I am passionate about teaching and take great pride in the shared hard work between me and my students. Outside of the music world I have keen interests in gaming, film and MMA.

Violinist

NIKOLAI
PASICHNIK

(He/Him)

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JENNI
SMITH

(She/Her)

​ Jenni Smith is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It was clear from the moment she began singing and playing guitar at 8 years old that she had a strong passion for music and performance. By the time she was 12, Jenni had starred in several small theatre productions and competed in local country music competitions. She was hooked on songwriting after winning the Auckland Country Music Awards open songwriting section at age 14. Since then, Jenni has won many awards, including Songwriter of the Year at the New Zealand Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year (EOY) Awards in 2018 and the Overall Songwriter Runner-Up at EOY 2020. Jenni aspires to share her music with the world. She loves coaching budding musicians and has much to teach about music theory, composition, practical skills, and performance. She is excited to offer her skills and inspire others.