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

GARETH KENDON

MEGGAN TAIT

Drums Sticks

ADDISON SAXBY

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. 

 

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 many years. 

Addison Saxby 

Teaches Drums for ages 7+

Addison has been drumming even before he had a drum kit. Starting on buckets and books he learnt the basics and developed a growing interest in the drums. His hard work and natural rhythm compelled his parents to let him pursue his passion, bought him a drum kit for his 10th birthday. Since then he has being teaching himself the inner workings of what it takes to be a drummer. At age 13 he started to play in his school band and joined the kids church worship team. This gave him the motivation to be the very best he could and he continued to practice songs and grow his skills. As the years went on Addison really pushed himself to be practicing everyday so he could eventually move into the main stage worship team and feel confident to play gigs across Auckland. Addison's style of teaching doesn't necessarily involve the theory side of things for students but rather a more practical hands on way on learning the drums and giving the students more freedom to develop their own style of playing.