Thank you for the possible opportunity to help you receive the best possible start in playing contemporary guitar, bass or drums.


Since 2007 I have been committed to providing people with the highest quality of tuition available. My ongoing development, starting in 2001, as teacher and musician, is guided by tutors involved with the top music tertiary institutions in the country. 


Their are many obstacles to becoming a strong musician. One of them is cost and the other one is the quality of the tuition. So I'm going to try and help you with that. Learning how to play music is expensive. There's a great saying which goes like this. “People go to a lot of trouble to find cheap lessons and then get a lot of trouble when they are found.” I'm going to help you out. I will ensure you will receive the best value


In short there is a complete programme of music which has been put together by the top music teachers in New Zealand. There is a direct link from beginner level, to gaining acceptance to the best music school in the country. Acceptance is based on audition and skill level only. This is a very rewarding and enjoyable journey.

Introducing Philip Hartshorn's D.S.M.

The Big Picture: Learning Guitar, Bass or Drums

Daniel Thompson

Phil is my first drumming teacher. “I couldn’t play before, but now I can, thanks to his great teaching! I have improved 100%. I really like the way Phil encourages me with my drumming. I love playing his electronic kits. I look forward to every lesson. I love playing and learning new songs. I like how kind and encouraging he is when I make a mistake.”

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Hugh Rudd

Phil Hartshorn is a great guitar teacher. He's friendly, funny and encouraging!!!

He is also very good at making people understand the situation. So don't worry about thinking that your kid comes home and tells you "I don't know what Phil was talking about". Because that won't happen.

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Michael Morgan

If you are considering taking lessons with Phil but are not sure yet, can I say give it a go, no matter which method you use. After starting with face to face lessons, I was surprised how efficient the internet based lessons are and the ability to log in from anywhere you have a connection and device is great. Phil is a patient and proficient teacher and his methods provide challenge and reward as you master your chosen instrument.

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Matilda Sutton

Phil helps me learn how to practise and shows me how to measure my own skill. I would say to people who wish to learn that with Phil you will learn the proper way to play as opposed to endless strumming with little technique. I also really enjoy the jams.

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Rachel and Scarlett Rose

The single thing in Phils lessons which has helped the most is his thoroughness and patience. I would say to someone who is considering taking lessons with Phil to just give it a go. If you need to use Skype for lessons don't worry they are great, and more fun than you would think!

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AJ Keys

AJ KeysIf you are considering taking lessons with Phil but are not sure yet, can I say just do it. Lessons with Phil will help incredibly with your playing. You will notice a huge improvement.

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