Our Studio

Majors ‘n’ Minors is a South Auckland/Franklin-based music & theatre studio specifically catering for young people, although adults are enrolled in some of the programmes. Its director, Lynda McDowall, is a registered children’s music specialist and a member of NEWZATS (singing teachers). In 2021 the studio will celebrate its 28th continuous year of teaching. Over the years, our tutors have inspired numerous children and teens in vocal, theatre, instrumental and early childhood programmes. Eight teachers are currently working in seven local studios, offering group and individual tuition to approximately 200 students each week. A number of the students are age-group winners in the various regional competitions and they have an almost 100% pass rate in ABRSM (Royal Schools), Trinity and MTB (online) exams. The orchestra meets weekly in term time for ensemble and competition work. The very popular musical theatre groups present a major theatrical production in August every year as well as in December as part of our studio annual Showcase event. To date, they have performed Annie Jr, The Pied Piper, Porridge, Shrek Jr and G2K The Sound of Music, Jungle Book Kids, Lion King Jr, Aristocats Kids, Elf Jr, Cinderella Kida, Honk Jr. Fiddler on the Roof is planned for August 2021.


Lynda McDowall
Studio director and co-ordinator, solo vocal tutor, and beginner piano

Sarah McDowall
Cello, violin, piano, voice, musical theatre groups, theory groups, and orchestra

Bronwyn Spencer
Piano, voice, theory, and accompanist

Scott McDowall
Clarinet, saxophone, and sound technician

Deirdre Nielsen
Flute, violin, recorder, beginner piano, theory groups, and orchestra

Lindy Tennent-Brown
Accompanist, Senior Piano and Vocal Coach.

Bernice Potter
Violin, voice, theory, early years piano

Matt Garratt
Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass and Ukelele. Rock Band at the main studio