Juliet grew up in Nelson, studying through the Nelson School of Music. Whilst a student here, she was awarded runner-up in the PACANZ National Young Performer competition, was a finalist in the NZST Chamber Music Contest, and first begun participating in the Nelson Adams Summer School. What she remembers most of her time as a student in Nelson though, was the buzz and comradery of the student chamber orchestra and concerts, the drive and inspiration of her teacher, and the reward of tutoring younger students. Juliet believes this time as a young student in Nelson has had a significant influence on her approach to teaching. She encourages her students to make the most of opportunities to participate in student ensembles and concerts, to support and inspire one another, whilst hoping to foster an attitude of enjoying tackling challenges, and wishing to give her students the same sound musical and technical foundation that she was given.
Since leaving Nelson, Juliet has studied with Christchurch teacher Stephen Larsen, and in 2008 was awarded a Dame Malvina Major Arts Excellence Award to study with Polish violinist, Jan Tawroszewicz. Juliet has 16 years of teaching experience and enjoys teaching both children and adults of all levels.
Lissa Cowie was born in Scotland and emigrated to New Zealand in 1989. In 1996 she gained a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at Auckland University studying cello. She then studied at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated with a Postgraduate Performance Diploma and LRAM teaching diploma.
Since then she has worked as a free lance musician based in London, then Glasgow and now Nelson, performing with several ensembles including the City of London Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra of Scotland, Scottish Festival Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Opera della Luna. She also played with the Elgin Piano Trio, set up while at the RAM in 1997 which gave many concerts in the UK. The trio was awarded a scholarship to attend Banff Arts Centre, Canada, for one month in 2001. They have also performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto and made a CD of Dvorak Dumky Trio and Haydn Gypsy Rondo Trio.
Lissa taught cello and chamber music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Jordanhill School and the Douglas Academy.
Now based in Nelson, she performs with the Grampians Piano Trio, Emanon String Trio, Nelson Symphony Orchestra and Viva Chamber Orchestra and as soloist with the Nelson Chamber Orchestra. She also teaches through the Nelson School of Music.
Katie Dey teaches piano and violin by the Suzuki method to students aged 4 to adult. She also teaches music theory using cards and games. The Suzuki method (also known as the “mother tongue method”) is based on the way that children pick up their native language and involves learning initially by ear. A CD of simple music is played at home in the background every day, so that the student is surrounded by the music that they will learn to play. As they learn, they are encouraged to pick out the pieces on the CD by ear and by copying the teacher (and parent). Parental involvement is an important component of the method. Classes incorporate individual lessons with the teacher, group work, music theory and music reading using cards and games. Katie has played piano and violin since childhood and has taught music on and off for the last 20 years. She studied music at university and has attended Suzuki teacher training courses for both piano and violin.
Violin, Viola & Theory of Music
Christine Foote studied violin with Dora Alack at the Nelson School of Music in the 1970s. She graduated with a BA from Otago University and from Christchurch Teacher’s College with a Diploma of Teaching. She also has an LTCL in violin performance. She has been a professional violinist and music teacher for over 30 years, playing in the Dunedin Sinfonia, the Christchurch Symphony and the Central Otago Regional Orchestra. She has worked as a secondary schools music teacher and an itinerant teacher of violin and other instruments in both secondary and primary schools, as well as private teaching. She taught in Christchurch, the West Coast and Central Otago before returning to Nelson.
She has also played extensively in chamber orchestras and small groups for weddings and other corporate events both in Canterbury and Central Otago. In 2011 she returned to Nelson where she is now teaching the violin and viola, and playing with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra.
Violin & Viola
Margaret has been a professional concert violinist for over 40 years, teaching, recording and performing throughout the world. She believes the highest function of education is to bring about an integrated individual who is capable of dealing with life as a whole. For Margaret teaching is an opportunity to awaken in the child the joy of music and the discovery of creativity. She regards each child as an individual with its own particular temperament. Margaret does not depend on any one method but prefers to mould the instruction to the needs of the pupil.
Violin & Viola
Tamsin is a violin and viola teacher based in Motueka. She studied performance viola at Massey University and then started teaching violin 11 years ago. She enjoys playing many different styles of music and is also interested in composing.
Tanya was raised near Bath UK and began the violin at the age of 6. She had many years of youth orchestra experience and was fortunate to perform at the Edinburgh festival and Esterhazy palace in Vienna.
Exec. Dip. Mus LRSM
Dawn graduated from Auckland University with an Executant Diploma in Music, followed by study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She then joined the Scottish National Orchestra for eight years and later studied in London with Kato Havas. On returning to New Zealand she joined the School of Music staff and occasionally played with the Wellington Sinfonia and the Canterbury Trust Orchestra.
In 2003 Dawn was honoured with the award of Teaching Fellow at the
Nelson School of Music.
JF Robert has a life-long involvement with music and a 20-year teaching experience of violin, piano, and orchestra workshops.
JF started performing both piano and violin in concert when he was 10 years old. He studied the violin and chamber music in Paris with Alexis Galperine and Devy Erlih (Teachers at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris). At the age of 21 he was Mr Erlih’s assistant during the Chanac music course.
Jean-François has taught the violin and the piano for 20 years in Paris. Immersed in Paris’ cultural life since his childhood, he’s given and organised hundreds of concerts, played in several French orchestras, written music articles for French newspaper Le Monde, and has published several novels and photographs.
After falling in love with New Zealand and moving here in 2011, JF realised he could bring some of his experience, talent, and passion for classical music to the Kiwi communities: together with his partner Claire Rouault, he founded Piano on Tour in 2012. Jean-Francois has also founded an artist retreat in Marahau: Space Between.
After starting her cello studies in the UK, Kate Sherwood moved to New Zealand in 1990 and continued her studies with James Tennant in Auckland. She moved to Nelson in 1996 and rapidly established a busy and successful teaching practice with students ranging in age from 4yrs to 70yrs. Her particular interest is teaching children and she has attended many classes and workshops with national and internationally acclaimed teachers and has had students accepted for The Pettman Academy for gifted young string players, the New Zealand String Quartet chamber music school,and as principal cellist for the NZ secondary schools orchestra. She takes students from beginner to grade 8 and actively encourages participation in local orchestras and chamber music ensembles from a young age. Kate is also an active member of La Vida String Quartet and collaborates regularly with other chamber musicians both instrumental and vocal.
SALLY ANNE WASTNEY
Sally is passionate about making learning music an opportunity for all the youth of Nelson. She is a violinist in the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and also plays piano, flute and cello.
As well as playing in the NSO Sally has played in numerous chamber groups over the last thirty years.
Although classical music is her first love she also enjoys many other genres such as contemporary, ethnic, folk, celtic, and jazz.
Sally hopes to bring inspiration, enthusiasm, delight and desire to learn more each day to each of her students, helping them to grow in their violin journey and setting them on a path to a lifelong treasured experience.
Sally enjoys teaching all ages from tiny tots to 80 year olds. She believes anyone can learn if they have a desire to.
She teachers beginners through to grade 8 violin and teaches at the NSOM, Hampden Street School and privately at her home in Wakapuaka.
From a musical family background, Alice’s love affair with the violin began in 1998. As an able student, Alice has studied both with Nelson School of Music’s Margaret Jackson, New Zealand School of Music’s Martin Riseley and with Fiona Pears. She has toured New Zealand extensively with her music as well as completing a European tour in 2014. Alice has been offering her knowledge, passion and wisdom teaching violin since 2008. Music is her joy and her muse, which enables her to bring out the best in her students. Alice offers tuition in Golden Bay and Nelson and welcomes students of all ages.