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We have three Clarinet/Saxophone teachers:


Mr Suli Hoponoa BMus
Suli has over 15 years’ experience as an itinerant tutor and has worked in bands of various genres for many years. He studied at Christchurch Jazz School and Auckland University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. Suli teaches a variety of instruments including trumpet / brass, saxophone, drums, guitar, bass and keyboard.


Miss Zyia-Li Teh

Miss Zyia-Li Teh is a graduate from University of Auckland with a B.Mus and a Grad. Dip. in Teaching. She has recently returned to NZ after a 2 year overseas experience teaching in various schools across London, UK. Zyia-Li has taught in both the primary and secondary school sectors and has been teaching for over 15 years as a music specialist, itinerant tutor and general classroom teacher.  Zyia-Li has been active in many aspects of the Auckland music scene performing in various musical ensembles such as the Auckland Youth Orchestra, Auckland Wind Orchestra, Queen City Big Band, BGA Big Band and various musicals.  Zyia-Li has also led and conducted the (Auckland Primary Principals’ Association)  APPA Music Festival’s) Concert Band since 2015, and is also currently the musical director of the BayLynn Youth band.  


Mr Matthew Baker

Mr Matthew Baker has a wide variety of teaching and performance experience, both in New Zealand and overseas.  Matthew studied clarinet performance at the University of Auckland under Murray Khouri and Peter Scholes, and has played both clarinet and saxophone in a wide range of styles and groups, including the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica, St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra and Wairua Sinfonietta.  While teaching clarinet and saxophone in the UK, Matthew was also a musician in the British Army with the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers (V), playing and performing in both the UK and Europe.  Teaching for almost 18 years, Matthew has experience teaching all ages and abilities from beginners to diploma students, and enjoys seeing young people develop the practical and theory skills necessary to become competent young musicians.  


Mr Scott Thomas