Itinerant Music Programmes

We have 8 instrumental and vocal tutors who visit us throughout the week to give lessons to students during and after school. We are very lucky to have this amazing group of teachers come into school to provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop on their chosen instruments. They inspire and challenge each and every student.

For more information about taking itinerant music lessons, please email Georgie Watts.

These are our private tutors who come into school during the week:


Paul McKlennan-Kissell BA (Hons) (Music), MMus

Paul is a professional gigging musician and teacher throughout Dunedin. You may have heard him play with the Julian Temple Band.

Guitar and Bass 

Che Long LLb (Hons), B.Tech Mus, Dip NZMSM

Che is a guitar and bass teacher at schools throughout Dunedin.


Ahila James PhD, MA, LTCL Perf, ATCL Tchg, DipNZMSM, AIRMTNZ

Ahila is a dedicated pianist and teacher with thirty years’ experience teaching people of all ages and abilities. 

She uses a fun and creative teaching style, carefully crafting her lessons to each student’s needs in an inspiring and engaging manner. Lessons are on an expert one-to-one basis and pupils are encouraged to develop their own performance styles in classical, modern and contemporary piano. All students will have the opportunity to enter practical and theory examinations and annual competitions, and participate in piano recitals.


Pat Scally Richardson BA, DipGradArts, DipTchng, LTCL (Distinction), NEWZATS registered

Pat has been teaching all her working life, enjoying her work as a secondary school teacher. A lifelong love of theatre and performance has lead Pat into stage, musical and choral directing for the St Joseph’s Cathedral Choir, Musical Theatre Dunedin Theatre Restaurants, Child Cancer fundraiser staged by Musical Theatre Dunedin and Classic Hits, Mayfair Productions for Opera Otago, Cothram Foirfe Youth Choir and Dunedin Repertory at The Playhouse as well as significant musicals at Kavanagh College and Otago Boys’ High School. She is also a certificated Theatresports in Schools tutor. 

Pat enjoys teaching classical singing, musical theatre, and theatre and communication arts in her busy private practice as well as classical singing and singing for musical theatre. 

Pat is passionate about professional development, travelling around the country to musical conferences as well as taking every opportunity locally. Learning from highly acclaimed international experts has given her a wealth of knowledge which she passes on to her students who have been recognised as high achievers locally, nationally and internationally.

These are our itinerant music teachers supplied through the ITM scheme:



Nick Cornish

We are very lucky to have Nick come into our school. He is a world-class musician, both as a classically trained double-reed specialist (oboe and bassoon) as well as having extensive Jazz capabilities on saxophone. He plays in bands and orchestras throughout the South Island and has often been called on to play with the NZSO.


Paul Claman

Paul is a phenomenal musician across a range of brass instruments, his speciality being trombone. Paul has played extensively with classical orchestras, brass bands and concert bands in New Zealand and, of course, with the beloved Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra.


Ainsley Tucker

Ainsley is our wonderful strings teacher. Her speciality is in classical violin and folk music. She has a passion for community music making and ensembles.