Music At the Arts Academy

The Arts Academy is a Music and Dance School based at City Impact Church on the North Shore of Auckland, offering excellent tuition for students ages 3 and over.
Our mission is to honour God and to bring His creativity to life in our classes. All classes are taught by passionate and experienced instructors who strive to create a positive learning environment for budding musicians. Our curriculum and courses are designed to help students develop their musical ability and explore different genres and styles. Beyond just music tuition, our goal is to encourage our students in their God-given talents and giftings, and inspire them to be used for His glory.
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. 
Psalm 150:3-5

3+ Years


From classical to contemporary piano and keyboard you have a choice and we can match your child's needs up with the right teacher for them. Our teachers are highly qualified and passionate about music.

8+ Years


Guitar is one of the more popular string instruments. We offer lessons in both Acoustic Guitar and Electric Guitar. With our teachers being very experienced in both styles, we can provide your child with the best tuition, whether one on one, or in a group of two to four.

7+ Years


Drums and percussion are the oldest form of instruments.  Our teachers are highly trained and well experienced, with the ability to provide your child with the best tuition available.

Our Teachers

At the City Impact Arts Academy, our team are passionate about teaching the arts.

With a wealth of experience, skills, and a contagious enthusiasm, each teacher offers invaluable training for every facet of their art, while creating an encouraging and inspirational environment for their students to excel and realise their dreams.

Primary and Junior High
03 February – 14 April; Years 0 – 10

Senior High
01 February – 14 April; Years 11 – 13

15 April – 01 May

Angela Palmer

Angela began her interest in the piano at the age of seven when she started to play and she carried this on right through her schooling. During her secondary school years, she also learnt to play the flute. She then went on to study music at the University of Auckland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in music. After this she did a Diploma of Teaching at the Auckland College of Education and became a qualified secondary school teacher and in the same year achieved the Trinity College London Licentiate Piano Teaching Diploma, known as LTCL. Angela has also had experience playing keyboards in a live setting, both for Worship services and Youth events.

While Angela studied at University, she taught piano part-time for several years and many of those students sat Trinity College of London piano exams and Royal Schools of Music theory exams up to grade three. Angela took a break from piano teaching for many years while she spent time overseas and living in Japan for a year. On returning from overseas she worked as secondary school teacher for five years and finished work to have a family. As her children got older, some of their friends were interested in learning piano, so she started teaching again. She enjoys sharing her love for music and has been teaching piano again for many years.

Gareth Kendon

Gareth has been teaching music full time since 1999. He has predominantly taught guitar but also teaches bass guitar and teaches/mentors school rock and pop bands and acoustic guitar groups. Gareth has taught at primary, intermediate and secondary schools across the North Shore. He currently teaches at Murray’s Bay Intermediate and  Albany Junior High School, and coaching many guitar and bass students through NCEA music levels one, two and three with his students generally gaining merit and excellence. He has coached some of the top students through the Trinity College ‘Rock and Pop’ Curriculum with one student gaining ‘distinction’ in Grade 8. Gareth has coached many bands, duos and soloists through Rockquest and Bandquest with a number of them gaining placings and individual awards for musicianship and song writing in the North Shore regional finals.

Addison Saxby

Addison has been drumming even before he had a drum kit. Starting on buckets and books he learnt the basics and developed a growing interest in the drums. His hard work and natural rhythm compelled his parents to let him pursue his passion, and they bought him a drum kit for his 10th birthday. Since then he has been teaching himself the inner workings of what it takes to be a drummer. At age 13 he started to play in his school band and joined City Impact’s Kids Church Worship team. This gave him the motivation to be the very best he could and he continued to practice songs and grow his skills. As the years went on Addison really pushed himself to be practicing everyday so he could eventually move into the main stage worship team and feel confident to play gigs across Auckland. Addison’s style of teaching doesn’t necessarily involve a lot of theory, but provides students with a more practical and hands-on way of learning the drums, as well as giving the students more freedom to develop their own style of playing.

Class & Timetable Enquiry

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