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About Goodtime

Our Story

Goodtime Music Academy is a social enterprise that exists to provide exciting music lessons and experiences to as many people as possible, no matter what their age, race or socio economic background.  

 

When you choose to learn at Goodtime Music Academy you are not only learning an instrument and progressing yourself, but you are empowering many other young kiwi kids to receive the same opportunity who would otherwise not be able to afford it. 

 

The academy has been very privileged to win a number of prestigious awards for its work in the community including a ‘Local Hero Medal’ as part of the New Zealander of the year competition, The young business person of the year award and the Arts and Culture award for the Hutt City Council community awards.

Our Mission

1) To make awesome music lessons and musical experiences accessible to as many people as possible.

2) To create exciting jobs for musicians, where they can get paid to do what they love and grow in their skills and character, while making a difference

3) Continually revolutionise music tuition and create the music school that we as staff wish we could have attended.

History

Goodtime Music Academy was founded by Jonny Wilson in 2009, who ran the academy along with his wife Kate until December 2019.

Andy Christiansen and his wife Hanna became the new owners in December 2019.  

Andy and Jonny were classmates at the New Zealand School of Music, where they both studied Jazz performance. 
 
Prior to taking on Goodtime Music Academy, Andy toured the world with the well known NZ band ‘The Black Seeds’. Following that season, Andy went on to build the largest private music school on the Kapiti coast, called ‘House of Sound’. 

Andy is a phenomenal musician with a real heart to see young people become skilled in their instruments, while having a whole lot of fun and making lots of friends. 

Jonny is currently the chairman of the board for ‘The Goodtime Foundation’ and also  coaches hundreds of music schools all around the world.