Teachers

At the City Impact Arts Academy, our team are passionate about teaching the arts.

With a wealth of experience, skills, and a contagious enthusiasm, each teacher offers invaluable training for every facet of their art, while creating an encouraging and inspirational environment for their students to excel and realise their dreams.

ANGELA PALMER

MEGGAN TAIT

CHERYL TONG

GARETH KENDON

SETH CLEMENT

Meggan Tait

Teaches Dance for ages 3+

Meggan started her dance career at The Royal Academy of Dance, training in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, and Tap. There she completed her Advanced Classical Ballet Examination, achieving Honours and also receiving her dance education award. Meggan has performed in a great number of major productions throughout her career and has also danced as part of The South African Ballet Company. She then went on to open a dance studio in South Africa which led to the opening of “The Meggan Botha School of Dance” in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Meggan is now a registered teacher with the NZAMD and brings a wealth of experience to the Arts Academy.

 

Gareth Kendon

Teaches Guitar for ages 8+

Gareth has been teaching music full time since 1999. He has predominantly taught guitar but also teaches bass guitar and teaches/mentors school rock and pop bands and acoustic guitar groups. Gareth has taught at primary, intermediate and secondary schools across the North Shore. Currently teaching at Murray's Bay Intermediate and Albany Junior High School, and coaching many guitar and bass students through NCEA music levels one, two and three with his students generally gaining merit and excellence. He has coached some of the top students through the Trinity College 'Rock and Pop' Curriculum with one student gaining 'distinction' in Grade 8. Gareth has coached many bands, duos and soloists through Rockquest and Bandquest with a number of them gaining placings and individual awards for musicianship and song writing in the North Shore regional finals. 

 

Cheryl Tong

Teaches Piano for ages 3+

Cheryl’s experience in music education spans over three decades. Beginning with a few students in 1983, her scope expanded in the years following her graduation from the University of Southern California. She established a music centre, a licensee of Yamaha Music, in Kuala Lumpur, and led the team in equipping hundreds of students for public performance and exams and to experience the joy of making music. In her secret life, Cheryl is an author. Her current project is a series based on the theory exam syllabus by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK), with a foreword written by renowned international conductor, George Pehlivanian. Cheryl is also the creator of Fast Track to Grade 5 Music Theory approach that has yielded an impressive 100% exam passes to date. In her younger years, Cheryl served in the music ministry, starting off in a church band in Los Angeles. In later years, she spoke at worship seminars across Malaysia, provided training to upskill musicians in bands, conducted sessions at worship conferences, for example, with Hosanna! Music worship leader, Tom Inglis, and also played for others like Martyn Nystrom (“As the Deer Pants”) and Randy Rothwell (“Be Magnified”). In 2003, Cheryl moved to New Zealand, bringing a wealth of experience that encompasses the best of British, American and Japanese influences. This exposure has been an asset in helping students - both young and old - as each is a unique individual with different musical needs and goals.

Angela Palmer

Teaches Piano for ages 3+

Angela began her interest in the piano at the age of seven when she started to play and she carried this on right through her schooling. During her secondary school years, she also learnt to play the flute. She then went on to study music at the University of Auckland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in music. After this she did a Diploma of Teaching at the Auckland College of Education and became a qualified secondary school teacher and in the same year achieved the Trinity College London Licentiate Piano Teaching Diploma, known as LTCL. Around this same time, she also played keyboards at City Impact Church at prayer meetings and in the youth band for an event known as Saturday Night Live.

While Angela studied at University, she taught piano part-time for several years and many of those students sat Trinity College of London piano exams and Royal Schools of Music theory exams up to grade three. Angela took a break from piano teaching for many years while she spent time overseas and living in Japan for a year. On returning from overseas she worked as secondary school teacher for five years and finished work to have a family. As her children got older, some of their friends were interested in learning piano, so she started teaching again. She enjoys sharing her love for music again and has been teaching piano for the past four years.

Seth Clement

Teaches Drums for ages 7+

Seth has always had an affinity for drumming. He sought to learn the instrument from a young age and was ecstatic upon receiving his first drum set at age 11. Since then, he has spent many hours in the practice room and has gained experience in a diverse range of settings. He studied contemporary music at Vision College in Hamilton, where he also received guitar tuition and achieved Rockschool Grade 8 guitar and drums. After completing the degree in 2014, he went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Music at the University of Otago.

In addition to performing, Seth also has experience teaching both guitar and drums to primary, intermediate, and high-school students. He is passionate about learning, and views teaching as an opportunity to enable others to develop a love for music and to gain valuable life-skills in addition to musical proficiency.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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