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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.



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 is a community of musicians and educators who work closely together and share expertise. Everyone is highly trained, police vetted and supported to participate in continued personal development and training.

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BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance

Dip Music Teaching

Grade 8 Classical Singing

Estill Levels 1 & 2

NLP & EFT Practitioner

First Aid Certificate

Mental Health 101 & Be There (Mental Health) Certificate

15+ years Performance Experience

12+ 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 leads our community choir, 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. 

Jo Kelsey


Studio Director

Singing & Piano Teacher


Grade 8 Harp

Grade 6 Piano & Music Theory

Provisional Member of IRMT NZ

Mental Health 101 Certificate

8+ 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.”

Wendy Mansfield


Studio Admin Team

Piano & Theory Teacher



Heather Mansfield

20+ years Performance Experience

6+ years Teaching Experience

Trained as an Early Childhood Educator

Studio Production Training with Brooklyn Community Arts

AUT Level 6 Immersive Te Reo Māori & Tikanga

Mental Health 101 Certificate

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!

Piano Teacher



Becca Meyrick

4+ years Teaching & Mentoring Experience

10+ years Performing Experience 

Mental Health 101 Certificate

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!

Drum Teacher



Jenni Smith

BMus Popular Music & Songwriting

Estill Levels 1 & 2

Mental Health 101 Certificate

15+ years Performance Experience

5+ years Teaching Experience

Teaches Piano, Singing, Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin & Songwriting

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.

Piano, Singing, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Songwriting & Percussion Teacher



Matthew Scarfe

BMus, Majoring in Jazz Performance

MMus, Auckland University

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

Mental Health 101 Certificate

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. 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. Just completing 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.

Guitar, Drum, Bass & Band Teacher



Nikolai Paschisnik

BMus (Hons) in Classical Performance at UOA
5+ years of Teaching Experience
5+ years of Performance Experience

Mental Health 101 Certificate
Teaches Violin & Piano


Coming from a musical family, Nikolai began violin and piano at the age of 7 before deciding to focus primarily on the violin around 15. He began his tertiary studies at the University of Auckland in 2019, working towards a BMus in classical performance on violin, and completed his honours degree in 2022. Nikolai is passionate about teaching and takes great pride in the shared hard work between himself and his students. 

Piano & Violin Teacher

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Band Teacher



Ava Shields

1+ years of Teaching Experience
5+ years of Performance Experience

Mental Health 101 Certificate
Teaches Singing & Piano

Ava is a singer-songwriter and a locally-based student teacher at We
Are Loud. Ava has been singing and playing piano for most of her life,
and in recent years has been inspired to start writing her own music
in both individual and band environments. Ava has also started to
perform at local events with the band formed through the We Are Loud
band programme. She loves to share her passion for music with her
students and encourage them to find their own sounds, to express
themselves through their music. When she’s not working on her
university assignments, Ava can be found on the hockey field, baking
overly complicated desserts, searching the internet voraciously for
niche information and obsessively listening to songs that spark
inspiration (or just have right vibes)!

Piano & Singing

Student Teacher



Aeryn Aranda-McCue

5+ Years Performance Experience
2+ Years Teaching Experience
Teaches Piano & Singing

Aeryn is a piano and singing teacher at We Are Loud. As one of Jo's long term students (since the age of 11!), Aeryn was We Are Loud's very first student teacher and is currently working through the teacher training programme. Aeryn's main musical outlet is her band 'Mind The Gap', who were Smokefree Rockquest Regional Finalists for 2023. Aeryn also has the hidden talent of being able to switch accents on command! Aeryn loves being a part of the We Are Loud community and feels like the studio is a second home.

Piano & Singing

Student Teacher



Billie Swayn

Singing Teacher



Sean Rofle

Bass & Guitar

Student Teacher

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