Forte Itinerant Music Teachers play an active role in assisting students to prepare for various festivals and competitions. Here's a rundown on each of the Forte teachers - hover over each pic (or click) to read about their love of music....
Nicky currently wears many hats, from teaching the violin to performing, coordinating events to directing the Forte unit of ITMs. Her passion is to keep learning and growing as a musician whilst providing opportunities for others to experience all that it is to be a performing musician.
Singing makes me feel happy and there’s nothing I want more than to unlock the door to enable students to find their true voice and share it with other’s, either in lessons or in a vocal group. There is nothing more powerful than singing your heart out and taking the audience on an emotional journey.
The clarinet and I have been friends for years, and the sax, flute and piano have all tagged along for the ride!
Having played trombone professionally in Orchestras, Bands and Contemporary groups, my focus now is to enable my students – on all Brass Instruments – to reach their full potential and develop the enjoyment of music which can last a lifetime.
My father taught me guitar when I was ten and I have been playing ever since. I performed as part of the Chch Jazz festival and currently am working with the Chch Smooth Jazz group ‘Frictionless’, Jazz/reggae/funk group ‘Wranglin’ and ‘Sophisticated Lady’ jazz duo with Nanako Sato. I have provided accompaniment for multi-platinum artist Yulia since 2015, and played guitar on her live CD recording in 2017. I have a particular passion for teaching beginners and jazz improvisation.
I started the cello at the age of 8 and went on to study cello at the University of Canterbury and briefly in Nice, France.
I have played in orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of NZ and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, chamber groups, musical shows and for many other musical events in New Zealand, England and France.
I have been teaching the cello and double bass either full time or part time for many of the last 35 years.
I love to sing, I love to conduct, I love to teach. Music is my life and it is a privilege to be able to work doing what I love. Singing provides me joy and fulfilment - and I am keen to share that with as many people as possible.
Antonio was born and educated in Bulgaria, and completed with distinction a Master’s Degree, majoring in French Horn. Antonio enjoys teaching all brass instruments to students in schools.
My passion is playing drum kit and 4 mallet tuned percussion. I enjoy all styles of music from Contemporary, Jazz, World Music, Brass Band and Classical. I perform all of these styles of music and enjoy sharing my knowledge with my students.
Playing music takes me to my happy place. I love performing and want my students to enjoy these instruments as much as I do. There's nothing quite like getting lost in the music that you're playing and being transported to another time, place and universe.
I come from a varied background, having spent time singing Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop, Jazz and Rock but I am a performer through and through!
I have a strong Theatre background and love getting into a piece and finding the meaning and connection to it - transforming myself and telling the audience a story that’ll make them laugh, smile or cry!
Neville - a family man - that is 'Woodwind Family Man'. Bassoon, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder, Koauau. Music makes my world go round!
Rachael is a passionate jazz saxophone player/teacher. She is involved with bands such as The All Girl Big Band, Rhomboid and Themeta to name a few. She is always working on new instruments to expand her knowledge and share the love of music with her students.
Mike has been playing electric bass guitar since 1988 and has been teaching professionally since 2000. He can be found performing anything from jazz to metal at venues up and down the country!
Being a musician has added so much value and fulfilment to my life, so much so that I truly believe I would be a very different person if I wasn't a musician. What I love the most is being able to share the gift of music with others, which is why I am the happiest music teacher ever. Nothing is better than opening up the world of music for other people to explore for themselves.
I trained both in NZ and abroad and worked for The Really Useful Group Asia/Pacific for The Phantom Of the Opera World Tour, singing in ten cities across the tour. I am a current Opera Artist and Freemasons Scholar for NZ Opera and currently perform small roles and cover leading roles for the company. I have performed with major NZ Orchestras and am currently rehearsing for several concerts. I am dedicated to my art and have a great empathy for those following a similar path.
Marie’s love of music and of playing the piano includes classical, rock and jazz. Her involvement in musical theatre has included being pianist, repetiteur and also musical director. As a teacher she is passionate about helping her students achieve their potential and develop their love of music.
Kerrin Brizzell has been teaching violin many years in schools in NZ and the UK. She has been a member of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and she spent 15 years living in the UK where she played a lot of folk music in clubs, and at festivals around the UK.
Rachael is an itinerant voice teacher who also teaches drama classes at Hagley College. She has a real love of music and is a great teacher.
Cameron is a classical guitarist and teacher. He is passionate about musical performance and music education. He holds a Master of Music in classical performance from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury.
Steven is passionate about composition and improvisation. I aim to give students the skills necessary to have freedom on their instrument in many musical settings.