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Ryan Youens

Ryan Youens


Theory Lessons | Artist development, Song Writing Workshops, Composition Lessons, Mixing and Mastering Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Online Lessons

  • Qualifications: Master of Music MMus, Bachelor of Music (Honours) BMus(Hons), Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg)
  • Pricing: On request.
  • Styles: All styles.
  • Suitability: All levels.


I teach theory, harmony, composition, arranging, orchestration, and the Sibelius and Dorico music notation softwares. Basically, the areas I’ve worked professionally in for over a decade.

I hold Master of Music, Bachelor of Music (honours) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching degrees. I’ve taught at the New Zealand School of Music, University of Otago, University of Auckland, Music and Audio Institute of NZ, UNITEC, at secondary schools and in my private studio for 16 years.

Here’s a snippet from my bio:

Ryan Youens is a music arranger, orchestrator and engraver with fifteen years experience working with composers, ensembles, publishers, producers and artists.

He works regularly with all of New Zealand’s leading orchestras, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia. He has produced charts for ensembles such as the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, Danish National Opera, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra; for composers such as Victoria Kelly, Rhian Sheehan, Anthony Ritchie, Tom McLeod and Wlad Mahulets; artists such as Kings, Anonymouz, Ilan Kidron, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Anna Coddington, Liam Finn, Lawrence Arabia and The Koi Boys; publishers such as G. Schirmer and Massey University Press; events such as the Rugby World Cup and Pan-Arab Games; on movies such as The Hobbit ‘An Unexpected Journey’ and ‘The Desolation of Smaug’; and has prepared music for the music stands at numerous scoring stages including Abbey Road.

Ryan is currently the arranger for ‘Synthony’ – a show comprising of an orchestra, artists and DJ celebrating the biggest dance hits from the last 30 years, currently touring Australia and New Zealand. Other recent projects include the orchestration and part preparation for Tim Finn’s new opera ‘Star Navigator’ premiering in 2020 with West Australian Opera, string co-arrangements for Rhian Sheehan’s score for the TV mini-series ‘The Sounds’, two large-scale adaptations of movements from Beethoven’s 9th and 5th symphonies for his 250th celebrations, and is currently writing a new original commission to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for the Auckland Philharmonia.

Ryan has a masters degree in composition from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours from Otago University and Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Auckland University. As a composer he is regularly commissioned and his music has enjoyed success in concert halls and at film festivals, from North and South America to France and Norway. He currently holds the position of Kaitito Pāpori – the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Communities Composer.

Ryan is an in demand music consultant and educator, tutoring and giving workshops and guest lectures at secondary and tertiary level, including at the New Zealand School of Music, University of Otago, University of Auckland, Music and Audio Institute of NZ, UNITEC, schools and throughout the music industry.

Teaching Info

I work with secondary and tertiary students, through to established professionals honing their craft. I create sessions specifically for you, which usually include a mix of learning new concepts and skills, studying existing repertoire, and critiquing and developing your own projects.

Sessions are booked online at, and are done via Zoom, or in person by arrangement (I’m based in Campbells Bay, Auckland). A free introductory session is available for first-timers so we can introduce ourselves and have a chat. I accept payment using direct credit (bank transfer), credit card, PayPal or Apple Pay.

If you are a secondary student, take comfort in that I am a qualified and registered secondary music teacher, so I know NCEA well and what you need to do to get great results.

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