Meet the team
Some of the Apollo tutors got together to record our own version of this Stevie Wonder classic. Have a watch and a listen to see who’ll be teaching you!
DAVID LESTER - Guitar
David Lester has been studying music for over a decade and has a Bachelor's Degree in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music. He has performed with numerous bands, and has worked with NZ industry greats such as Barnaby Weir of "The Black Seeds", Thomas Oliver and Bella Kalolo. David has explored and performed many styles of music over his musical journey, including but not limited to: Blues, Jazz, RnB/Soul, Metal, Pop, Reggae and many others. David is a highly experienced guitar teacher and keeps his students needs and end goals relevant to their lessons, and is able to develop a strong connection with whoever he works with. Whether you are a student or an established artist - David will guide you to reach your goals!
Ayrton Foote - piano/KEYBOARDS
Ayrton Foote graduated from the NZSM in 2012, with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. He’s since been a highly in-demand piano teacher and session musician around New Zealand. Ayrton makes sure the students are having fun first and foremost, and caters his style to each student. When asked to describe his teaching style in one word, the answer was: “Flexible!”.
Conall Ryan - Singing and Bands
Conall is our vocal tutor and band tutor. As the lead singer and bassist for active Wellington rock band ‘Pale Lady’, Conall comes with masses of talent and experience both on and off stage. He loves to use various genres and types of singing in his lessons so that he can really help students with developing and refining their own style. Conall holds a Bachelor of Commercial Music from Massey University, and spends his time passing his vast knowledge on to others while also working on his various musical projects!
callum hazlitt-black - Guitar & Bass
Having graduated from Whitireia with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) in 2013, Callum has been playing in many Wellington bands, performing funk, rock, jazz, blues, and pop around New Zealand. Callum has been involved with The Julie Lamb Band since 2012, and reached no. 10 in the New Zealand album charts in 2015, continuing to get airplay through Europe and the USA. Callum has been teaching guitar and bass in the Wellington region for the last 6 years.
JORDAN ROSS - DRUMS
When he’s not teaching drums, Jordan (BMus) spends his time drumming in one of New Zealand’s premier heavy metal bands, Of Blackest Oceans. He is now working on a solo EP, consisting of self-composed and produced music. Jordan’s experience and range of knowledge as a teacher makes him an asset to the Apollo Music team, and a highly effective, humble drum teacher.
Georgia Steel - PIANO, VIOLIN & VIOLA
Georgia Steel offers lessons in piano, violin and viola, from beginners to advanced students. She graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Classical Performance on viola, with extra studies in piano and orchestral conducting, and is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. Georgia has worked with a wide variety of people, from young children to adults, and can freely adapt to individual needs. She tailors her lessons to the styles of music students wish to perform. As a performer, Georgia has had experience in many orchestral ensembles and chamber music groups, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s National Youth Orchestra.
JAKE CHURCH - GUITAR
Jake Church is a Wellington-based, multi-award-winning guitarist and teacher. He has a Master of Musical Arts degree from the New Zealand School of Music - Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington, and specialises in classical guitar and experimental music. He is now teaching both acoustic and electric guitar for Apollo while completing his PhD.
Jake’s teaching style takes a fun approach to modern music, with influence from traditional technique and sensibilities where appropriate.
SAM HIGHAM - GUITAR/PIANO/DRUMS
Sam is a true multi-instrumentalist, who has honed his skills at Massey University through Bachelor of Commercial Music. Sam plays the drums and keys in Wellington band 'Pale Lady’, and won the New Zealand Battle of the Bands competition in 2017. Sam and the band were on tour in 2019, taking their rock music to Australia, The Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong!
Sam loves to tailor his lessons to his students, taking their music tastes and learning style into account when choosing pieces to learn. He encourages good technique with the goal to get students playing with emotion, ease, and fluidity. Watch Sam playing here.
JAKE STOKES - GUITAR & PRODUCTION
In between being the music production tutor and manager of Apollo Music, Jake works as a music producer internationally. Jake discovered his love for teaching in 2007 and has taught continuously since, forming Apollo Music in 2013, teaching guitar, bass, and music production. Jake is interested in developing the musicianship of his students, in addition to teaching the mechanics of how to play the guitar.