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Creative ID: 7

Art form(s): Music
Language(s): English
Based in: Auckland
Where I'm available:
Auckland Region and the Hokianga region.
When I'm available: Mondays, and Wednesdays are the best days for me. From 9am till 4pm. February, through to May then again from the end of July through to December 2020.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

I am a prolific Composer/Arranger and multi-instrumentalist. I have toured the globe with my Pacific music trio for 12 years and been involved with multiple projects both here and in Canada. I have been involved with music for 30 years. I have been a tutor for NZ Music Commission since 2006, and have travelled around Auckland and the far north teaching guitar/ukulele/cajon and composition in high schools. I was the Manager and Road Manager of my Pacific music trio. I currently perform with an eight-piece guitar ensemble and my own guitar trio. I manage both of these bands. I also give talks on how to tour and organise yourself on the road. How to start and maintain that pathway.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

I have worked as a music Mentor for NZ Music Commission since 2006. During this time I have worked in high schools around Auckland, The Eastern Bay of Plenty and the Far North region. My classes have always been met with appreciation and I have always been asked to return for further sessions. I have also worked in South Australia where I worked around 30 schools. I have held a workshops teaching music teachers from around the Auckland region about how to approach group sessions for ukulele. I have been involved with music for over 30 years, with 15 bands, and 35 recorded works. Written and been commissioned to write for two documentaries and two dance companies. I have been a road/tour manager for 25 years and currently manage two bands which I also perform with.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

I currently teach privately. The age groups are from 6 years to 70 years. I have taught in primary and high schools, with the NZ Music Commission and the South Australian Arts Council. I have worked for REAP in the Eastern Bay of Plenty travelling around Kura Kaupapa schools and high schools in the Whakatane/Ohope region. Workshops have mainly consisted of guitar and ukulele technique and composition as well as rhythm workshops. We have a lot of talented young people in our schools. I have worked in low and high decile schools.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

I am looking to do more teaching work next year. As a musician you have to be able to support your art. I find teaching a great way to stay in touch with my chosen art form, whilst I'm teaching I'm also learning and revisiting musical ideas. I love to see results. If I can give inspiration to a young person with music or somehow lift them to be more positive about their journey I have done my job. Our young people face immense pressures with social pressures and economic situations, we have the highest suicide rate amongst our young ones, I find music to be a healing force. It can help so much.

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