Education Programmes

Information on education and outreach programmes I am involved with…


APO Remix the Orchestra is an annual Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra educational programme held twice a year in partnership with The Otara Music & Arts Centre that has been thriving since its inception in 2008.

Over the course of a week, around 15 students each utilize an individual music production workstation as well as access to a larger, professional industry standard studio to create new music fusing two of the oldest and newest forms of popular music, Classical and Hip Hop; participants engage in group workshops covering  the various fundamentals of both opposing genres of music as well as having individual access to the industry mentors; the APO Composer in residence and players from the orchestra itself offer assistance on the classical side of things, and correspondingly, well known artists from the NZ hip hop scene help out on the other. Students are also challenged to create not only on the musical compositional side of things, but also to write some original lyrical content to go with it.

The programme culminates in a free public live concert at the end of the week where the students are all given the opportunity to perform their pieces live with the APO players and the Hip Hop Mentors. With relevant experience and history in both these styles of music, I am the crossover mentor and main facilitator for the programme, and alongside the APO Remix Team from the APO’s Connecting Department, I am continually finding new ways each year to refine and improve this amazing groundbreaking project.

Click here to view APO Remix the Orchestra:

**2008 – current Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra [Auckland wide]
APO Remix the Orchestra Music Director**

  • Course Designer & Facilitator
  • Hip Hop Mentor
  • Music Producer/Arranger for Scholarship Recipients
  • Audio Engineer
  • Session Pianist/ Keyboardist/ Programmer



As a NZMC (NZ Music Commission) Secondary Schools mentor, I get the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences directly with students at NZMIC identified schools through carefully planned workshops tailored to each schools particular needs and interests; Covering anything from securing radio play as an independent to major 7th chord progressions to sweeping Equalizer frequencies for sweet spots, these workshops are always fun filled, entertaining, and hugely rewarding. On the occasions where I’ve been able to utilize my recording studio equipment for songwriting and music production workshops, the resulting compositions have been amazing.

Click here to view NZ Music Commission Education Programme:

 **2010 – current NZ Music Commission [New Zealand wide]

Musicians Mentoring in Schools**

  • Edgewater College – Pakuranga 2015
  • Avondale College – Avondale 2015
  • Selwyn College – Kohimarama 2015
  • Aurora College – Invercargill 2014
  • Limehills Primary School – Invercargill 2014
  • Huntly College – Huntly, Waikato 2013 & 2014
  • Papatoetoe High School – Papatoetoe, Auckland 2013
  • Hawkins Theatre NZ Music Month Workshops – Papakura, Auckland 2013
  • Highland Park Library NZ Music Month Workshops – Pakuranga, Auckland 2013
  • St Pius X School – Glen Innes, Auckland 2012 & 2013
  • Garden School – Totara Park, Auckland 2012
  • Manurewa Intermediate School – Manurewa, Auckland 2012
  • James Cook High – Manurewa, Auckland 2011
  • Nga Taiatea Wharekura – Hamilton 2011
  • De La Salle College – Mangere, Auckland 2010, 2013 & 2014
  • Pakuranga College – Pakuranga, Auckland 2010
  • Hato Petera College – North Shore, Auckland 2010



Fresh Horizons is a Tautai Contemporary Arts Trust initiative I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of on numerous occasions; current and relevant creative industry mentors are sourced by the Trust and put into identified schools and educational facilities to share their inspiring knowledge in practical ways with the next generation of up and coming talent.

Recognizing the emergence of urban music production itself as a popular artistic medium over the last few years for many Pacific creative talent, they have enlisted me to deliver 3 day workshops at various locations throughout the country covering the songwriting and production side of music. The results have been nothing short of outstanding.

Click here to view Fresh Horizons Programme:


**2009 – current Tautai Pacific Contemporary Arts Trust [New Zealand wide]
Music Mentor – Fresh Horizons Programme**

  • Based at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Waiariki Institute of Technology & Raukawa – Tokoroa 2015
  • Based at Manukau Institute of Technology – Auckland 2015
  • Based at Te Wananga o Aotearoa – Tokoroa 2015
  • Based at Eastern Institute of Technology – Hastings 2014
  • Based at Te Wharekura o Arowhenua – Invercargill 2012
  • Based at Eastern Institute of Technology – Hastings 2011
  • Based at Otago Polytechnic – Dunedin 2011
  • Based at Northcote College – Northshore, Auckland 2010
  • Based at Massey College of Education – Palmerston North 2009
  • Based at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology – Christchurch 2009



Duffy Books In Homes are a brilliant organization putting books into homes and communities that normally struggle to do so because of socio-economic and related reasons.

In addition to the literary impact of their work on children’s lives, further positive results are augmented by their Role-Models programme, where celebrities, TV stars, sportspeople, music artists (such as myself) etc get to engage in inspirational talks at their school assemblies, addressing how they got to where they are in their successful endeavors, and in turn highlighting the importance of reading to that attained success.

Again, this is a very personally rewarding programme to be a part of, knowing the tangible positive difference I am making to kids lives.

Click here to view Duffy Books in Homes:


**2010 – current Duffy Books In Homes [Auckland wide]
Role Model**

  • Glen Taylor Primary School – Glen Innes, 2015
  • Glenbrae Primary School – Glen Innes, 2015
  • Glen Innes Primary School – Glen Innes, 2015
  • Mayfield Primary School – Otara, 2014
  • Dawson Road Primary – Otara, 2014
  • Flatbush Primary School – Otara, 2014
  • St Anne’s School – Manurewa, 2013
  • St Joseph’s School – Otahuhu, 2013
  • Mountain View Primary – Mangere Bridge, 2012
  • Sutton Park Primary School – Mangere, 2012
  • Robertson Road Primary – Mangere, 2011
  • Southern Cross Campus – Mangere, 2011
  • Koru Primary – Mangere, 2011
  • Favona Primary School – Mangere, 2011
  • Fairburn Primary – Otahuhu, 2010
  • Viscount Primary – Mangere, 2010
  • Bader Intermediate – Mangere, 2010



  • Moovit Project 2015 – Onehunga High School, Vodafone Events Centre, Royal NZ Ballet, APO Remix the Orchestra (2015)
  • Hip Hop Education Forum Aotearoa – Auckland Museum (2014)
  • Dawson Road Primary – Otara (2014)
  • Thornbury Primary School – Invercargill (2014)
  • The Sole Project – Ponsonby, Auckland (2014)
  • Music Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ) – Otara, Auckland (2013)
  • The Street University – Sydney, Australia (2013)
  • Mission Australia – Sydney, Australia (2013)
  • Camden EFS Youth Group – Sydney, Australia (2013)
  • Toi Ora Arts Alive Trust – Glen Innes & Mt Roskill (2013)
  • Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra APOPS – Favona Primary, Mangere & Yendarra Primary, Otara (2013)
  • Soundscapes Workshops for Urbanlife Project Auckland Museum – Glenn Innes (2012)
  • 50th Anniversary Samoa & NZ Friendship Week for NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Music Mentor/Producer – National University of Samoa (2012)
  • The Edge Aotea Centre – Auckland (2012)
  • Whanganui High School – Whanganui (2012)
  • 5B1 Avondale Youth Project for Auckland Council – Avondale, Auckland (2011)
  • Queen Elizabeth College – Palmerston North (2011)
  • Creative NZ 21st Century National Conference – Auckland (2011)
  • Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Summer School (2009 & 2011)
  • Tamaki Ki Raro Youth Programme – Mangere, Auckland (2009-2010)
  • Secondary Schools Peace Symposium (2010 & 2014)
  • East Tamaki Primary School, Otara (2010)
  • Palmerston North YMCA (2010)
  • Eastbay REAP – Edgecumbe College, Edgecumbe (2010 & 2012)
  • Eastbay REAP – Whakatane High, Whakatane  (2010 & 2012)
  • Corbans Estate Arts Centre – West Auckland (2010 & 2011)
  • Royal Oak Intermediate – Royal Oak, Auckland (2010)
  • Auckland Grammar – Auckland (2009)
  • Otara Music Arts Centre – Otara, Auckland (1999-2004)