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Simon Eastwood

Simon Eastwood


Double Bass Lessons | Bass Guitar Lessons, Ukulele Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: MMus (Royal Academy of Music), BMus (NZSM), LRAM
  • Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk
  • Suitability: 5 years and up Beginner to adavced


I am a bass player and composer based in Wellington. Recently returned from London where I studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music. I have a broad range of teaching experience, been teaching double bass, bass guitar and composition privately for almost 10 ten years, working with students from all ages and backgrounds. During my time at the Academy I also completed an LRAM teaching diploma for composition, and worked with some of the students at the Junior Academy.

As a bass player I have performed in a variety of contexts, from orchestras and chamber ensembles to rock, jazz and folk groups in New Zealand and in the UK. As a composer, I have had works performed around the UK, in New Zealand, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lithuania,and Korea, as well as in the United States. I have also participated in a number of projects directed towards young people, including a piece for children’s choir which was written especially for the Dartington Summer School. I also completed a post as Composer-in-Residence at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in 2013. This involved working with the students on their own works, teaching classes, and also writing music for students to perform. More recent projects include works for animation and live ensemble, working as musical director and choir conductor for the GAFA arts collective, and a multimedia music performance in Turkey.

Teaching Info

Each lesson is tailored to the individual student’s needs. Having performed and written music for a variety of contexts I understand that there is not always just one way to do things, and believe a holistic approach emphasising all kinds of music as a communal activity. Formal elements like sight-reading as well as learning to improvise and play by ear, music theory, and as a nuanced appreciation of different genres of music are all things that combine in equal measure to create a well-rounded musician.

Composition lessons focus on unlocking the student’s creative potential, beginning with short compositions for small groups, and eventually learning to compose and arrange for a full orchestra.

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