PRIVATE MUSIC TUTORS - BIOGRAPHIES 

Georgina Cole– piano and vocal lessons

Email: georgiecolemusic@gmail.com 

Instagram and Facebook: @georgiecolemusic 

021 258 4469

ATCL Piano; Grade 8 Voice, Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Commerce, 12 Years HOD Music at various schools.

Kia Ora Tatou, my name is Georgie Cole and I was Head of Music at Iona College from 2014-2021. During my seven years at Iona, I not only taught the classroom curriculum, but also Chamber Music groups, three different choirs, Barbershop, Rock bands, duos and trios and Music theory.

I have now made the decision to step into the role of Private tutor for our girls which will also support me in spending more time as a performer of classical, opera and jazz music myself. 

From 2022, I will be at Iona College teaching piano and singing during the school week to our musical students, alongside continuing to take our Intermediate Choir, Les Petites Voix and our Barbershop/Performance choir group, Ceilidh. I will also be the regional Kids Sing Primary and Intermediate choral competition coordinator. 

With Sarah Lee (piano) and Hannah Robertson (voice) both going on maternity leave, I have agreed to take over their students in the interim, so if this pertains to your daughter, please do sign up in the knowledge that I am supporting these two women to be able to come back and take their students back on. 

My biggest strength lies in classical music and I am a great believer in teaching technique and skills with a focus on musical comprehension, scales and exercises. I also teach the girls to play chords in order to accompany themselves or others - I believe this then gives the musician the tools to play or sing anything they wish without being limited to the memorization of one or two songs. 

I am a huge believer in building confidence as a performer.

Participating in community events, recitals and examinations to continuously improve self-efficacy is an aspect of learning that I heartily encourage for my students.

I cover examination content in both ABRSM and Trinity and I also like to encourage girls to sing and play Jazz Music and their favourite pop songs.  Enjoyment of a lesson is paramount, so I strive to make learning not only fun, but also progressive. 

Beginner lessons run for 30 minutes, Intermediate level lessons for 45 minutes (which can include 15 minutes of Music theory study if requested) and advanced/senior lessons for one hour. 

My fee is $35 per half hour lesson, $52.50 for 45 minutes or $70 per hour lesson. Other terms and conditions will be set out in an initial letter to you upon sign-ups. This will include Covid-19 specific information.

I am passionate about both piano and singing. I can happily teach basic guitar for those that want to accompany themselves. I am also happy to accompany students for their Music and NCEA performance exams.

I look forward to taking your daughter on her musical journey and will draw on my time as HOD to give her the best possible experience within the Iona Performing Arts Department.

 Orlena Wakeman – piano and vocal lessons 

Email: orlenawakeman@gmail.com 

Phone: 021 663 938

Hello, I am Orlena and I am a registered music teacher.

I have been teaching piano, theory and vocal lessons for more than 20 years. 

At Iona, I am one of the singing teachers. Lessons are usually 30 minutes each and this involves technical singing warm-ups and learning repertoire and technique work tailored to individual students. 

The songs I choose range from Classical through to Music Theatre and Contemporary. 

I am especially interested in teaching students to cross over from one genre to another (for example, teaching the classical singer to sing music theatre and vice versa). 

I follow the Trinity College of London syllabus for external examinations for the dedicated students who wish to do this and also prepare students for NCEA performance assessments when required. 

Outside of work I like to spend my time with my family and pets, doing yoga, and travelling. 

VOCAL

 Patrick Power – vocal lessons

Email: patrickpoweronzm@gmail.com  

Phone: 06 281 2820 (no cell service where he lives)

ONZM

New Zealand tenor Patrick Power has had a distinguished international career, thrilling audiences all over the world with his masterly performances. 

But it is his gift for bringing out the best in his students that has made him such a success as a teacher. In New Zealand, he taught voice at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay, Victoria University, Wellington, the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland and Vision College in Hamilton.    

Altogether, Patrick has sung some 60 lead operatic roles. Highlights of his career include sharing a stage with Kiri Te Kanawa, recording with Jessye Norman, performing at Covent Garden under the baton of Claudio Abbado and at La Scala under the baton of Myung Wun Chung. He was decorated by the Queen for his services to opera. His depth of experience and ability not just to talk about vocal technique but more importantly to show it makes him a brilliant teacher to the next generation of singers.

Patrick, originally from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, got his first professional break with the NZBC Symphony Orchestra. After that, he moved to Europe, where he spent three years as principal lyric tenor for the Norwegian Opera in Oslo and a further three years in similar positions in Krefeld and Munich. From Germany, he went on to London to begin a freelance career. He debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1979 in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno di Ulisse.

Patrick made his debut at the Royal Opera House Convent Garden in 1981, singing the role of The Simpleton in a very special production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, directed by the great Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky and conducted by Claudio Abbaddo. In the process, Patrick added Russian to his repertoire of languages, which already included German, French, Italian and the Scandinavian tongues.

Following his success in Boris Godunov, he was invited to the New York Festival in 1984 to sing Britten’s Serenade. In 1987, he sang Almaviva for the San Francisco Opera and the same year, he recorded Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Sir Roger Norrington.

In Australia he has sung many principal roles for the opera companies and concerts with the symphony orchestras in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth.    

While Patrick began his career specialising in Bach and Mozart, he gradually moved into heavier lyric roles and finally into spinto parts such as Canio and Radames. His versatility and encyclopaedic knowledge helped him when he returned to the southern hemisphere in 2000 and began coaching young singers. 

Patrick has an impressive array of qualifications from universities in New Zealand and Italy. He was awarded his Masters of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato in 2010.

PIANO

Frances Te Weehi – piano lessons

 Email: francesteweehi@gmail.com

Phone: 021 029 23313

Kia Ora. I have taught piano since I was 15. I lived in a rural community where it was difficult for families to travel into the city, so because I had achieved an ATCL, families began asking me if I would teach their children.I then went onto study piano and composition at Otago University and completed more Piano and Theory qualifications.Many of my students over the years have enjoyed the stimulation of doing examinations and others have been motivated to play music they choose.Where there is a commitment to practising, students can sit examinations and learn a wide repertoire of extra pieces.I especially see the value in learning theory and so I enjoy teaching the Tuesday lunchtime class at Iona, which supports those playing instruments and the NCEA performance music and musical knowledge achievement standards offered at Iona. I am passionate about all the advantages in learning music.

Karen Wiig – modern piano lessons

 Email: karenwiig@xtra.co.nz 

Phone: 027 309 4077

Hello from Karen... tutor of Modern Piano at Iona College.

The foremost intention throughout my course is to always endeavour to make music a “Happy” occurrence.

From the cheerful lesson, wanting to practise without being prompted and enjoying jamming in a band or

with family and friends both at school and home.

Pupils can select their own tunes and gradually build up a personal repertoire of their Favourites. 

The Modern approach uses chord structures which create a more full sound plus enables improvisation. Also, it is very useful for singing accompaniment.

As an ‘Old Girl’ of Iona it has been a privilege to return these past fifteen years to pass on my love of music through Modern Piano.


Thalita is originally from Brazil, she moved to New Zealand in 2018 with her husband and two children.  She has joined Iona College as the Violin / Viola teacher in 2022. 

Thalita is a dedicated violin / viola teacher and has been teaching for over 18 years.  She reached reached her teaching degree in Art Education (Music) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeriro in 2003 and her Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance) from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in 2008.  She also has been a registered violin teacher of the Suzuki American Association since 1999  

We look forward to welcoming Thalita to Iona College this year 

Simon is a very experienced music teacher with a wealth of knowledge in performing arts in particular Big Bands, Stage Band, Brass Bands, Singing Groups and the list goes on.  We are exceptionally fortunate to have Simon as one of our Private Tutors in the area of Brass Instruments - Trumpet and Trombone.  Iona College has not had a brass tutor for many years and we look forward to developing this area of music. 

Simon hails orginally from UK and has spent the past few year as Head of Music at Pukekohe High School.  His famiy decided to move to Hawke's Bay this year and we are so fortunate to have him on our Private Tutoring Staff teaching Trombone and Trumpet along with his help in all the band masterclasses. 

We hope students take advantage of this very experienced tutor to enhance their brass knowledge 

Simon Schofield - Contact Details 

Phone - 0226856780 

Email - sischofield@hotmail.com