About stuart


Stuart is New Zealand's only Vocology In Practise Authorised instructor, IVTOM (International Voice Teachers Of Mix) Accredited Teacher and Speech Level Singing instructor. He has over 25 years experience and is an internationally recognised vocal coach, with clients ranging from children, recording artists, record managers and some of New Zealand's top actors and musical theatre performers. Some of Stuart's students have gone on to open shows for artists such as Ed Sheeran and Mariah Carey, won NZ Music Awards, been finalists in shows such as NZ's Got Talent and worked with famous artists such as Babyface and Randy Jackson from American Idol. Due to high demand he currently travels to teach singing and run workshops in different cities through out New Zealand and overseas in Europe (Ireland). He offers a wide range of custom vocal programs for singers of all levels.

He is New Zealand’s only teacher trained and certified to teach using the “Speech Level Singing” method (A method that has helped over 120 Grammy Winners) and was one of the highest certified teachers of the method in the southern hemisphere. In 2008 he furthered his studies by traveling to Hollywood to train alongside legendary vocal coach for the stars and creator of the “Speech Level Singing” method Seth Riggs. Seth Riggs is the singing teacher to legends and superstars like Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Josh Groban and Stevie Wonder.
Click here to see Stuart's certificate personally signed by Mastro Seth Riggs.

During Stuart’s training period with Seth Riggs and the Speech Level Singing organisation, he worked extensively for over 7 years with all of Seth’s “SLS” Master Instructors and was part of the Summer Vocal program in Hollywood many years running. He completed all training requirements to be a fully certified SLS teacher and was  appointed as the Education Advisory Member representing New Zealand for Speech Level Singing (SLS) and arranging overseas guest teachers to visit New Zealand for workshops Click here to view events. Stuart often takes students he works, with to Los Angeles, to take part in the Hollywood Summer Vocal Program called VocalizeU.

Stuart is one of only a handful of voice coaches in the world to be asked to join the Vocology In Practise (VIP) teacher network by it's founder Dave Stroud (Los Angeles Voice Coach for Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson and more). VIP Instructors are selected from among the top vocal professionals worldwide and are a global network of elite professionals who share information in all fields of voice. Stuart is the only teacher qualified to teach as a VIP instructor in New Zealand.

Stuart is also an International Voice Teachers Of Mix Accreditied Teacher and worked with Dean Kaelin, who is the founder of IVTOM, since 2006 (Deans student David Archuleta was runner up on American Idol). IVTOM members include highly trained professionals who hold degrees and certifications from the world’s best universities and associations; and specialized experts, including otolaryngologists, speech pathologists, and voice scientists, who give us unparalleled access to medical and scientific information about the human voice.

Stuart's overseas training has seen him work extensively with some of the worlds best coaches, who have taught artists such as One Direction, Justin Bieber, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears and even Michael Jackson. Stuart was inspired to give other New Zealanders the opportunity to receive this world class training and has been bringing his teachers to NZ for workshops and to assist with training his students since 2010.

In 2012 he put together a seven day artist development training event with Daniel Beddingfield (NZ X-Factor Judge) and Dave Stroud (American Idol Vocal Coach). The event saw over 200 singers sign up from all over the country and included x3 full day workshops, as well as one on one training.
Click here to see some of the world class teachers Stuart has brought to NZ for events!

Stuart worked with award wining music entertainment company “Let The People Speak” (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Michael Jackson, The Doors, Johnny Cash). The opportunity enabled Stuart to help a wide array of well known NZ acts such as Jeremy Redmore and NZ boy band Titanium in preparation for their nationwide tour and support show for Mariah Carey.

Stuart worked with NZ’s Got Talent finalist Jessie Hillel on her solo album "With Love", which was released by Sony Music NZ in 2013. "With Love" peaked at #2 on the NZ Top 20 album charts.

He worked with NZ Tui Award Winner Brad Dring from the band "Rapture Ruckus" to help prepare his voice for recording and touring. After working with Stuart the band went on to win the award for best NZ gospel album.

Stuart worked with famous New Zealand boy band Titanium on their hit song Home, which received double platinum status in New Zealand. He also worked with them during their lead up to perform before Mariah Carey at Vector Arena.

In 2010 Stuart started worked with World Champion Quartet the Island Boys to help prepare them for their international championships. This Islands Boys have since become World Champions, having beaten a field of over 50 of the best quartets in the World in Las Vegas.

Stuart worked with Platnium Album selling singer Jeremy Redmore (Midnight Youth) on a song for his solo album in 2012, which saw him open for Ed Sheeran at his iHeartRadio showcase at Auckland's ASB Theatre.

He worked for many years with internationally recognised lead musical theatre performers Kristian Lavercombe. In 2018 Lavercombe joined the Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show as Riff Raff opposite Craig McLachlan as Frank N. Furter.

He works with Los Angeles Music Award Nomine and TV Star Anna Saxton. Over three years he trained her from lesson one to becoming a famous singer in Los Angeles, working with the likes of Randy Jackson (American Idol) and Babyface. She still continues to take lessons with Stuart in NZ and via skype when she is in Los Angeles.
Click here to view her success story!

For vocal rehabilitation Stuart works in tandem with ENT’s that specialise in working with singers and has helped troubled singers from shows such as X-Factor to regain their confidence.

Stuart has conducted workshops for the NZ School Of Rock Rock Camp, Waikato Institute of Technology, MAINZ Contemporary Music School Of Auckland (Includes US Master Instructors), Next Offramp Auckland Choir, CPIT Christchurch Jazz School plus many church groups around NZ. He organised the 2012 NZ Singing Intensive with Daniel Beddingfield (NZ X-factor judge) and Dave Stroud (American Idol Vocal Coach) as well as eight US Master Instructor events in NZ from 2010 – 2015.


  • Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Award Winning NZ Actor and Director)
  • Michael Hurst (Award Winning NZ Actor and Director)
  • Anna Saxton (Babyface, Randy Jackson / American Idol)
  • Amanda Billing (Shortland St)
  • Jeremy Redmore (Award Winning NZ Band Midnight Youth) 
  • Brad Dring (NZ Tui Award 2007 "Best Gospel Album"/Producer)
  • The Island Boys Quartet (Most successful quartet in the southern hemisphere)
  • Titanium (NZ's most successful boy band)
  • Annie the Musical NZ 2014 (x3 students)
  • Invader Cain (Lead Singer)
  • Rapture Ruckus (Tui Award Winner Best Gospel Album)
  • House of Shem (Top NZ Reggae Band)
  • Zoe Stevens (Award winning singer NZ)
  • Sam Verlinden (Parachute Festival)
  • Jesse Hillel (NZ's got talent finalist)
  • Kristian Lavercombe (Rocky Horror Show UK and Australia)
  • MayaVanya (Winner of global remix competition)
  • Nina Mcsweeny (Concord Dawn)
  • Alex Foster (Gap 5 NZ's Got Talent)
  • Andrew Papas (Titanium)
  • Titanium (Number one selling boy band/Mariah Carey NZ Tour)
  • Mikael Wills (Electronic Music Producer/Ministry of Sound Sessions DJ on ZM)


Stuart has dedicated his life to learning from some of the best teachers in the world, who are all internationally respected experts. His passion for constant and never ending improvement in the voice has lead him to travel the world and work with the very best in the industry.

Seth Riggs – LA based voice coach and creator of Speech Level Singing (Voice coach for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles etc).

Dr Ingo Titze - World renowned vocal scientist (Utah)

Dave Stroud – LA based voice coach (Touring coach for American Idol)

John Henny – US expert Vocal Coach (Vocal coach Britney Spears)

Wendy Parr – New York Vocal Coach and Grammy Winner (Regina Spector)

Michael Goodrich - LA based voice coach (Sutton Foster)

Dean Kaelin - Utah Voice Coach founder of IVTOM (American Idol runner up David Archuletta)

Greg Enriquez - Top Las Vegas Voice Coach (Celine Dion back up singers)

Jeffrey Skouson - Las Vegas based SLS Master Instructor former SLS CEO (Panic At the Disco)

Jason Blume – Song writing coach (Back Street Boys, Britney Spears)

Lee McRae - Vocal and performance coach (Australia)