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Mrs A’s Music School

Singing Lessons | Bass Guitar Lessons, Choirs, Drum Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Keyboard Lessons, Piano Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Drama Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Music And Movement For Under Fives, Mixing and Mastering Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Posture for Singers and Instrumentalists, Skype Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Musical Arts
  • Styles: Any
  • Suitability: Any


Mrs A’s Music School Christchurch is a privately owned business run by Elly Rydge.  The Mrs A’s Music School teaching system originated in Timaru and was started by Elly’s mother, Jannette Aldridge; a teacher who has taught numerous ages and stages throughout New Zealand for over 30 years.

The original school remains in Timaru and now a second school is open in Christchurch. Both schools use the same core values:

  • Give everyone the right to learn music
  • Help students plan and achieve goals
  • Find the recipe for effective learning
  • Face reality with honesty and courage
  • Respect the people, equipment and facilities

Teaching Info

Group Lessons – $10.00

Ukulele Band – Tuesday 3.30 pm

Guitar Club – Tuesday & Thursday 4.00 pm

Adults Open Choir – Thursday 6.30 pm

Stomp Group –  Tuesday 4.30 pm


Amy Boden – Drums

Amy is a young but very talented drummer. In her final years of high school, Amy won the “Best Drummer” award at the Palmerston North Jazz Fest; and the “Best All Around Musician” at the Wellington Jazz Fest. With six years of tuition and experience teaching gymnastics Amy has a delight to see young students achieve the goals and perform something special, knowing too well what this requires.

Available Monday – Wednesday

Jack Peters – Guitar & Bass

Jack started performing music at the age of 9 when he joined the Christchurch Cathedral choir. During this time, he realized a passion for music that had him continue to perform for the next 16 years, the last 7 of which have been spent performing the bass and guitar.  Jack wishes to help others find enjoyment and passion from music.

Availability Monday & Thursday

Hannah Snelling – Piano, Singing & Drama

Hannah’s passion is to provide children with the skills and confidence to express themselves through performance. She works well with all ages and stages with special skills in drama and under 5’s musical development.

Available Tuesday & Thursday

Elly Rydge – Piano and Vocals

Elly has been teaching and performing for the last 8 years. She not only connects positively with her students but also creates a welcoming environment for parents to observe and be a part of the learning experience.

Elly has assists students in Rockquest, NCEA, and varsity/show auditions. She works with school choirs, children and adults alike.

Available Wednesday

Teachers set up prizes, star charts, word documents, homework books, recordings and reports each term.  Students are encouraged to play their way to something special each school term in an appropriate performance setting.




As a student, I can strongly recommend Elly Rydge for her excellent tuition for developing skills in singing and performance. She consistently provided quality advice and regular encouragement throughout. Elly always gave honest feedback combined with specific practical suggestions using different media to make steady progress. Lessons have always been a positive experience and great fun!

Barry Hayes
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