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Symon Palmer

Bass Guitar Lessons, Double Bass Lessons, Guitar Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Music Arts
  • Pricing: $25-50 based on location and circumstances
  • Styles: pop/rock, jazz, beginner classical
  • Suitability: All ages and all levels


Symon Palmer has had an active career in the New Zealand music industry since graduating in Christchurch. For five years he has taught bass in the Christchurch School of Music’s Outreach band programme. Working in seven different primary schools he gained practical teaching skills and experience from pioneering tutors.

During the 2012/13 summer Symon travelled to Europe where he received tutelage from leading musicians in Sweden, Germany and France, after a successful grant application with the Christchurch Polytechnic Foundation. This inspired his many creative endeavours locally in recent years with projects like Pastels, The Christchurch Creative Ensemble and most recently Sabine Wojnar.

Since 2013 Symon has been most active playing bass in Doprah, a six-piece electronic indie band hailing from post-quake Christchurch. They have been fortunate to play major New Zealand festivals such as Laneway, The Other Ways and Rhythm and Alps. Alongside their hectic New Zealand touring, Doprah has also travelled to New York City to perform as part of the CMJ festival, with a side show in Sydney. Recently they released their debut album “Wasting” available on iTunes, Spotify or on vinyl from all good record stores.

Recently Symon has re-located to Wellington where he hopes to explore new creative opportunities while completing his Graduate Diploma in Arts at Victoria University. He looks forward to meeting and encouraging new students to the world of music.

Teaching Info

Symon offers two styles of learning to suit students. Firstly, a tailored lesson approach based on fundamentals and your experience with an emphasis on what you want to learn. Secondly, a more structured approach making use of programme based material common in the industry. If you just need a one off lesson or if you have any other requirements that’s okay too.

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