Our Teachers    

Megan McCarthy


G.Dip Teaching (Secondary) Victoria University

Bachelor of Music (Performance and Music Education) University of Canterbury

Megan is our Karori Music Studio Director, Head of Performing Arts at Naenae College and professional Musician. From Opera through to contemporary, Megan specializes as a professional Soprano alongside writing and recording her own original music. She performs around New Zealand and her debut album will be released later in 2018. She has collaborated with local talent and is best known for her performance in the local scene under her project Rosé.  Megan founded Wellington Musicins Network in school programme to support low decile schools and low income families to support access to music lessons for any child. Ask about how to become a member of our Angel investor programme to get in behind these local projects.

Justin Clarke

Masters in Music - Composition (Victoria University / New Zealand
School of Music),
Bachelor of Jazz Performance - Guitar (Massey University /
Conservatorium of Music).

Justin is a professional musician with a Master’s Degree from The New Zealand School of Music and has studied classical guitar under the tutelage of legendary Matthew Marshall. As an artist he specializes in performance jazz guitar, film composition, songwriting. Justin has performed all over the world winning awards at festivals in Europe and collaborated with world-class performers from all over the globe. Locally he is known for producing the Woolshed Sessions and Jess Chambers as well as featuring with Fly My Pretties, Fat Freddy’s Drop and with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Finn Johannson


Diploma in Guitar Tuition -Distinction (London College of Music) 

Finn Johansson is a multi instrumental teacher, songwriter and touring musician. 

Finn holds a diploma in guitar tuition with the London College of Music which he passed with distinction. Over 8 years, he has taught more than 100 students in 3 countries. Finn performs regularly at Garden's Magic series and has recently returning from his North Island tour. Eccentric and fun, Finn engages his students with real flair for individualized teaching. He teaches a broad range of styles of music but specializing in Folk, Pop, Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, Country, Songwriting and music theory.

Caryl Stannard


Bachelor of Music degree -French Horn performance (Victoria University)

Bachelor of Arts -Music History, Maths, English and Art History (Victoria University)

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

LTCL -French Horn (Trinity College London)

Caryl has been working for the Ministry of Education for the last 18 years as an itinerant music teacher.

She teaches Piano, French horn ,Trumpet, Trombone and Recorder. She really enjoys teaching young people and especially seeing them reach their full potential on their chosen instrument. Her love of music expands to orchestral performance. She has played in many orchestras widely throughout New Zealand and in England.