Drums Lessons

Drums lessons are taught by Luther Hunt and Dexter Stanley-Tauvao. Luther teaches on Mondays during term time and Dexter on Saturdays  here at Rata Studios in Wellington.

About Luther Hunt

Luther Hunt

Luther is a Wellington based professional musician. He has been playing the drums for 11 years now and has been influenced by a multitude of different styles and genres over the years. For the last 5 years he has been studying jazz performance at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University.

Luther has recorded 4 albums, soon to be 5. He has played on live radio, live television and recorded for television commercials. He  perform in numerous venues round the country and is currently part of the thriving music scene in Wellington as well as multiple festivals around NZ. These performances have involved groups ranging in styles including Tunes of I, Sky Canvas, The Roger Fox NZSM Big band, Orpheus Choir, Down To Funk and West Coast All Stars. As a result Luther has developed the skills necessary to adapt to any musical style and to be able to play with people with differing approaches, backgrounds and cultures.

Luther’s Teaching

Luther will teach anyone who is willing to listen, learn and dedicate practice time to their instrument. His students  have a huge say in what they learn and he constructs lessons around their own interests and requirements.

He believes it is extremely important that the students are able to find their own musical voice in a interactive, safe and supportive environment. No matter what style of music students enjoy playing or listening to, we will draw inspiration from wherever and use it to help shape you as a musician.

About Dexter Stanley-Tauvao

Dexter Stanley-Tauvao

Dexter Stanley-Tauvao has just finished a conjoint degree at Victoria University, completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours – First Class, majoring in Jazz Performance (drums), a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in German, as well a Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

In 2015 he toured internationally with the Opeloge Ah Sam Quintet (Auckland), and recently has worked with visiting American jazz heavyweights such as Dick Oatts, Scott Wendholt, Alex Sipiagin and Chris Cain. He tours nationally and performs locally with groups such as Bohemian Thought and the Magnificents, the Lauren Nottingham/Mark Donlon Project, the Mark Donlon Quartet, Tom LaHatte and his Jazz Bandits and the Brass Bandits. In the past he has played with the 2015 New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra, the 2015/16 Wellington Youth Jazz Orchestras, Rodger Fox’s NZSM Big Band One and others. Dexter will be involved in the local Wellington music scene in 2018 as a performer, educator and also as a session musician, with a number of albums and recordings planned for 2018, including some with his own groups.

Dexter’s Teaching

Dexter has been and itinerant teacher at schools and institutes around Wellington since 2015 where he developed his own curricula tailored to the different students he worked with. This includes one-to-one as well as group lessons designed for drums but also piano. He is adept at assessing student’s needs and wants, and can adjust curriculum plans accordingly. His primary styles of drumming are jazz, brazilian and afro/cuban drumming and funk, but he likes to focus on basic vocabulary first to help students become well-rounded before heading into a specific style of music. A Graduate Certificate in TESOL has seen him gain valuable experience as an educator, having worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Macau, China while also directing the programme’s choir for over a month. This brief but wide range of experience has already helped him to become passionate about educating students and he looks forward to helping inspire the next generation of musicians find joy in music!

Timetable and Enrolment

Schedule 1 with Dexter: 
Start: 13th Oct
Finish: 15th Dec (NO lessons on Labour weekend 20th Oct)
Saturdays (actual times tbc following enrolment)
Schedule 2 with Luther:
Start: 15th Oct
Finish: 17th Dec (NO lesson on Labour Day 22nd Oct)
Mondays (actual times tbc. From 3.30pm)
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
Luther Hunt and Dexter Stanley-Tauvao
Target Market
all ages from 5 years
(incl GST)

$360 for half hour lessons for 9 weeks
(or pro-rata if term started already)
(longer lessons will be charged accordingly)

Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243