Lauren Burton - Clarinet Tutor
We have a great team of tutors and committee members at Belmont Music Centre.
Susannah MacDonald - Flute Tutor
Robbie Guo - Saxophone Tutor
Kevin Fan - Guitar Tutor
Kevin has been playing guitar for over 9 years. He currently studies at the University of Auckland. In his spare time he enjoys movies and time out with his friends.
James Finley - Jazz Band Leader/ BMC Chairperson
James is a long time musician and fan of almost all music genres. He studied saxophone and music eductation at the University of Nebraska, where he had many opportunities to perform in a wide variety of ensembles. He has performed at the Kennedy Center with Doc Severinsen, as well as in the Sudler Trophy winning Cornhusker Marching Band. Since then he continues to play for his own enjoyment as often as possible.
James is a big believer in the idea that children need access to affordable music education, as very few other disciplines provide the same benefits as learning and playing an instrument. All of his children have attended Belmont Music Centre, and he continues to contribute as the leader of the Jazz Ensemble and BMC Committee Chair.
David Mojel - Trumpet Tutor
Tim Doyle - Drums Tutor
Susannah teaches flute. She also teaches art for both adults and kids at Mairangi Arts Centre and Lake House. She has a particular interest in music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras and is a professional artist specializing in painting.
Victoria Pollard - Treasurer
Vict Gonzales - Parent i/c Clarinet
Erin Gonzales - Parent i/c Flute
Ingrid Du - Parent i/c Violin/Cello
TBA - Parent i/c Trumpet/Saxophone
As a professional blokfluitist(recorder) specialising in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, Kevin has performed with numerous early music groups in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Korea. Outside of early music, Kevin is an active composer of acoustic and electronic music, contemporary improv performer, and member of Auckland Composer Collective, The Committee, now in its 11th year. He is also an artist teacher of the recorder at the University of Auckland, and the president of the NZ Recorder Society. Other than the recorder, he also enjoys playing keyboard instruments, the guitar, and the Ukulele.
Dominic Cornfield - Keyboard Tutor
Robbie has over 12 years of experience playing the saxophone, participating in several bands during his high school years. He enjoys playing, listening to, and teaching everything from contemporary to classical. He also considers himself to be quite a saxophone enthusiast who spends much of his free time taking apart and learning about different parts of his instrument when he's not serenading (annoying) his neighbour's pets.
Hello, I’m Lauren. I am an ex-BMC student where my interest in performing music began. I have been playing the clarinet for 10 years and I gained my ABRSM music qualifications last year. I have enjoyed participating in school concert bands and I particularly like performing and composing music. I am part way through my ECE degree and in my spare time I like to cycle, socialise and of course, listen to music!
David is our trumpet tutor !
Katie Helyer - Cello Tutor
James has been involved with Belmont Music Centre since he first started teaching Clarinet in his final year of secondary school at Takapuna Grammar in 2004. James learned Clarinet at Belmont Music Centre while a student at Belmont Intermediate, 1998-1999. James works as a Solicitor for a law firm in Mt Eden during the usual working week but has always enjoyed music as an extra-curricular activity.
Katie believes Belmont Music Centre gives children a wonderful experience in music. She sees the variety of options and fellowship of teachers, pupils and parents at Belmont Music Centre to be important in providing students a positive start with music. After study in New Zealand (Katie holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and LRSM), she spent two years undertaking postgraduate study and teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the USA. She then returned to Auckland to be a founding member of the Auckland Philharmonic (see www.apo.co.nz). Katie has over 30 years of professional solo and chamber music, combined with teaching, experience. Katie is a very experienced musician and the Centre is very happy to have her on the team!
Belmont Music Centre ( Belmont Music School )
Dominic our keyboard tutor.
Tim is studying towards a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, majoring in Jazz Performance. He is an enthusiastic teacher who is always keen to help his students find fun in working hard towards a goal. He's been playing drums for about ten years now, and his favourite styles to play are Jazz, Rock and Classical percussion. He's constantly looking to extend his skills to regions of music he hasn't explored before, and will listen to anything that is recommended to him. Apart from drums Tim writes a lot of music, plays in several bands and is also a poet, artist and jeweller in his spare time.
James Turner - Belmont Music Centre Manager
Nathan Pinkney - Violin Tutor
Kevin Kim - Introductory class/Recorder Tutor
Nathan is our Violin tutor !