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 contemporary, 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!


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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 & 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. 


Leea Lamatoa


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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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Grade 8 Trinity College Of London Music Theatre

3 Years Teaching Experience

15+ Years Performance Experience

NCEA Level 3 Music & Drama

Cabaret Youth Director

Diverse Community Theatre Experience

Teaches Singing & Performance Skills

Kate Sampson is a singer, dancer and actress, teaching singing and performance. She has been performing since she was just 2, and has been singing since 12. She has been involved in community theatre since 2016, most recently as Assistant Director for a youth cabaret. She has also performed in 2 professional touring shows with Lunchbox Productions. Kate spends her free time playing with her dog or rehearsing!


Thea Doyle





BMus Jazz Percussion

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

15 years drumming, piano & guitar experience

A lifetime of singing experience!

Teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums & Piano

Thea Doyle is a musician and music teacher from Tāmaki Makaurau. She plays drums and a wide range of percussion, as well as singing, playing guitar, bass, and piano. In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Percussion and spent several years playing in groups from the atmospheric rock band The Dark Third to indietronica project One of Everything to the street brass band Auckland City Scoundrels. She has just finished study for a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and is enthusiastic to continue growing the musical lives of her students across Auckland!




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 Manson 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!





10+ years Performance Experience

5+ years teaching experience

Bachelor of Musical Arts

Teaches Guitar, Bass & Drums

Jesse fell in love with music at the age of 13 after inheriting his mother's first guitar. He went on to discover the joy and groove of playing the bass, inspired by gospel funk and heavy metal. He spent the next 4 years playing for bands in his church and school, and a musical director for many projects.

Jesse then started gigging almost every week, gaining all the experience he could along the way to realising his dream of becoming a professional musician. At the same time, he successfully completed his Bachelor of Musical Arts at MAINZ in Auckland. Jesse has had great success playing for up to 8 active projects at a time across various genres and has been blessed to play at some of the best venues in NZ. It has also been his honour to work with renowned international producers.

Jesse has a passion for song writing and believes that music should be something that you do for fun and with passion and love to fulfil your creative soul.

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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.”