About the Mentor
One of New Zealand's legendary rock vocalists, Jon Toogood of Shihad and The Adults has been mentoring with our programmes since 2012.
Having enjoyed a stellar career as a singer, songwriter and theatre performer with no signs of stopping, Jon's passion for nurturing the musical talent of the next generation is unmistakable! He says, "Mentoring is just as challenging and inspiring as anything I've done in my professional life. I get to meet so many talented people and share what I can about the art form that I love, and if I can, help."
Based in Melbourne, Jon includes mentoring in schools whenever his projects bring him home to New Zealand, and has brought his talents to students in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Otago, Nelson and Dunedin.
Teacher Bronwyn Barnes of Dunstan High School says,
"We would love to have Jon back any time he is in the neighbourhood. He has a lovely way of working with the students, quickly building a rapport and earning their trust. They produced some very good work under his guidance. In short, it was a great experience."