Music Decoded

Have you ever wanted to understand the inner workings of your favourite song or composition?

Composer Simon Eastwood presents a holistic approach to music theory and analysis, uncovering the hidden patterns that make a musical composition tick and revealing how they influence our intuitive listening experiences. Each term focuses on a piece of music that demonstrates a particular musical concept, and leads up to a live performance of that work (COVID-willing) so that students can witness these ideas in action.

Ticket prices to any live performances are not included in the course fee.

Students of all levels are welcome. Knowledge of musical notation is not absolutely necessary, but will be useful in many parts of the course.

Timetable and Enrolment


Term 2 2022

Start: 5th May
Finish: 23rd June
Thursdays  7.30pm-9.00pm (8 weeks)


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Simon Eastwood

Target Market


(incl GST)

(incl GST) $205 (8 weeks)




About Simon Eastwood

Simon Eastwood is a composer and bass player from Wellington. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. He also has an LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy. 

His doctoral project at the NZSM, Plant this Seed: Grow a Garden, revolved around ‘re-interpretive collaboration’ with non-classical musicians, poets, painters, dancers, and video artist. In this project, Simon invited collaborative partners from different backgrounds to transform one another’s work in order to create new pieces. He then analysed and compared the various outcomes. 

Simon has a broad range of teaching experience, having taught double bass, cello, bass guitar, composition, and musicianship privately for over 15 years, and has worked with students from a range of ages and backgrounds.

Our Location

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