Choose Eliette’s Music Academy for the best music, singing & piano teachers on the North Shore, Auckland
NICK DOUCH - DRUMS
Nick has been drumming for 20 years, playing in concert and jazz bands through high school before joining a rock band at the age of 16. For the last 4 years Nick has been the drummer in Auckland based band Ekko Park which has seen him play everywhere from clubs to arenas to festivals in NZ and overseas, as well as releasing two albums which have had both chart and radio success and a nomination at the NZ Music Awards. Nick also performs and records with a number of other kiwi musicians. As well as the the above, Nick also has a Bachelors in Media Arts, majoring in Music and teaches drums to all ages.
LEEA MADELYN - SINGING AND CHOIR
As far as she can remember, there has never been a time when music wasn’t a part of Leea’s life. From growing up with her parents music playing around the house to being enveloped by music at University, Leea has developed an eclectic range of musical tastes and styles.
Leea studied classical vocals from the age of 12 and later developed a passion for contemporary vocals and songwriting which led her on her journey of study at The University Of Auckland, Majoring in Popular Music.
Since completing her bachelor, Leea has been accompanying and fronting various styles of Music all over Auckland. She also found joy in passing on her love of singing and songwriting with private tutoring and work through schools. She uses different elements of her studies to excite and engage students whilst giving them a boost of creativity and confidence. For more information about our singing and choir lessons on the North Shore contact us now.
BRAYDEN JEFFREY - SINGING, PIANO, GUITAR AND UKULELE
A songwriter from a young age, Brayden has always held an earnest fascination for the creative process. After discovering the Popular Music degree at Auckland University, he moved to Auckland in 2011 where he developed his skills in composition and performance whilst honing his abilities as a guitarist and a vocalist.
Since leaving the University of Auckland, Brayden has worked for a number of projects, composing for short films, children’s television and playing in various bands, including his own garage rock trio, ‘Duck Duck Goose’. In 2016, Brayden ventured into one of his most ambitious projects yet, writing the music and lyrics for, ‘Schlunted’, a full length musical written, rehearsed and produced in the space of 100 Days.
Brayden believes in music tutors that are compassionate and enthusiastic about their students musical and creative development. He has strong memories of a handful of teachers that helped sculpt his passion into a viable career, and encouraged him to become the musician he is today. It’s these memories that have lead Brayden into teaching music himself, where he hopes he can provide for his students, the same level of enthusiasm, personal challenge and musical freedom that was available to him growing up.
ANNI BALZAT - PIANO, VIOLIN AND COMPOSITION
From the age of 4, Anni has been involved in music and grown a passion for composing and performing. Growing up in a musical family allowed her to always be surrounded by a variety of musical styles.
With a grounding in piano and violin, she has performed all over the world with various music groups including tours of New Zealand with Sarah Brown, performances in Australia with electric trio "TNT" and multiple overseas tours of the US, Australia, and Germany with her family band "The Balzats".
She then furthered her passions by completing a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Composition at the University of Auckland. Since then Anni has been developing her own sound through songwriting and sharing her passion for music through teaching.
JESSE REEVES - GUITARS AND BASS
Jesse fell in love with music at the age of 13 after inheriting his mother’s first guitar. He then went on to discover the joy and groove of playing the bass, inspired by gospel funk and heavy metal. The joy of playing very quickly turned into a passion as he spent the next 4 years playing for bands in his church and school. He also became 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. In 2014 Jesse decided to take his musicianship to the next level by enrolling at MAINZ in Auckland. He became a session musician after successfully completing his Bachelor of Musical Arts there.
Since starting on this journey he 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 on some great records with renown international producers and other like-minded session musicians at Roundhead studios and others in Auckland.
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. As he says “Too many times have I seen talented people be put off playing music just because they were forced into it. I aim to change that in the way I teach and share my knowledge”
BRENDAN PYPER - SINGING
Brendan has been a professional vocalist for the past 8 years. He was the founding member in one of Hamiltons most successful Pop Rock band “The Latest Fallout”. The achievements of “The Latest Fallout” are impressive with their first album reaching a top 10 place on iTunes and last year a top 20 single with Brendan’s song “Blue Neon”. For the people flying with Air NZ they would recognise this song as it was played as you entered the cabin.
As a vocalist Brendan has entered various singing and performing arts competitions and has been successful by winning both Waikato and Tauranga to name a few.
Brendan has studied at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Certificate in Media Arts.
VESA LUMA - SINGING AND CHOIR
Vesa Luma is a singer, songwriter and a performer from Albania (Europe). Vesa was discovered as an artist, in her early age. She has participated in many children’s festivals and song contests as a singer. At the same time, from the age of 8, she studied the flute.
Since completing her Music Professional School in Kosovo, Vesa has participated in the television series "Ethet", an Albanian version of "Pop Idol". She was very successful at the contest, making it to the TOP 3 in live final shows.
After the "Ethet", Vesa's career began to grow. She has released 2 studio albums, 19 music videos, won more then 20 music awards in her country and performed more then 200 concerts around the world. She has also contributed to various charities.
After a very successful career, Vesa was chosen to be a Judge and a mentor on the well known TV series “X Factor” in Albania. She was also part of “ Dancing with the Stars” making it to the Top 5.
Besides her music career, Vesa has also had a career in the Television Industry. She was a TV Presenter for several years and produced her own TV Show in Kosovo. Being part of the television and music industry at the same time helped her to build her confidence on the stage.
COLLETTE LOCHORE - DRAMA
Collette Lochore has been teaching drama, both in full-time and casual positions for nearly 6 years. She has extensive experience on stage in theatre. From as young as 9 you could find Collette in advanced after-school classes and by 16 she was working as a paid actress for Southern Stars, performing to thousands at the Logan Campbell Centre. Collette's love for drama extends beyond acting itself to script writing, devised-based performances and directing. For over 1 year Collette worked in up to 3 schools a day, directing up to 15 performances per school term. She taught drama to the children at The Ronald McDonald House each Friday and worked with the teens from Variety The Children's Charity, putting on a show at The PumpHouse Theatre to raise money for the charity.
Collette has also transitioned her love for theatre to camera, working on various TVC's and movies. Her latest achievement is being cast by British director Baillie Walsh as a feature, working alongside Scarlett Johansson herself for her new commercial.
COREY FRIEDLANDER - DRUMS
Corey has been drumming for the last 20 years and 15 years of that teaching drums. With a Heavy Metal and Jazz background there isn't many other styles Corey hasn't tried to master.
Corey's entire life has been dedicated to drumming, music and sharing his wisdom and knowledge but most importantly his passion for the drums. Corey is great with kids and he also gets along great with people from all aspect of life.
When Corey is not busy with his high profile bands (mainly the rock band CITY OF SOULS) he is teaching drums.
ZEL KUST - DRUMS
Zel has been playing the drums since age 8 in which time he has played in a number of bands ranging from big bands and small jazz combo groups to Metal bands. Zel is highly passionate about drums but above all has an affinity for music in general, having had experience with several other instruments too as well as a trained ear. His current musical focus is playing with Auckland-based funk/blues rock band The Rubics who have enjoyed moderate success having won the National Battle Of The Bands competition in 2016 and with it a small tour around Europe.
JASMINE BUTLER-REEVES - VOICE, PIANO AND SONGWRITING
Being a singer from an early age, Jasmine has always had a life long passion for creativity and music but it wasn’t until she began studying a Bachelor of Musical Arts at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand in 2015 that her passion transcended onto playing the piano and songwriting.
Jasmine has been involved in a wide range of musical projects from completing an Auckland wide high school tour in 2016 and being the front man for several bands covering numerous genres to being a session pianist and vocalist for multiple recording artists.
Jasmine now strives to inspire the younger generation into having a life long love for learning, performing and creating music.