Doug Stenhouse


Doug Stenhouse

Arranging, Composition, Drums, Music Theory, Piano

Contemporary, Jazz, Orchestral, Electronic.

B.Mus (Victoria), NZCDP.


Doug Stenhouse began his musical journey at age 7 learning piano, eventually trading in Mozart for some Scott Joplin at age 11, which grew into some Buddy Rich and his first set of drums
at age 13.

Formal qualifications beckoned and after gaining his NZCDP in Computer Programming (Manawatu Polytechnic) he went on to complete a music degree at Victoria University, Wellington,
majoring in composition, arranging and electronic music.

Doug is a member of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), having written, produced and engineered music for television, radio and theatre. He has performed in a diverse mix of bands (dGare, Lotek, Scallywags, Cloak & Dagger, MINT) playing an eclectic mix of genres at venues in New Zealand, overseas and online ( In 1994 he toured Aotearoa/New Zealand as Musical Director for the Australian production of “Cinderella”.

Currently, Doug is writing and arranging children’s music, producing music videos, and creating apps for iOS devices.

Skills and expertise

Music Theory – all levels, with a contemporary/jazz, practical focus based on piano.
Composition/Arranging – all levels, using various software tools, including Logic Pro X, Band-In-A-Box, Sibelius, MuseScore.
Scoring/Notation – all levels, using Sibelius and MuseScore.
Electronic Music – theory, synthesis, hardware and software.
Sound Production – Live and Recorded sound, hardware and software, Logic Pro X, online tools and resources.
Drums – Up to intermediate level.


Teaching and Learning:

 Doug offers customised learning tailored to the student’s requirements and aspirations.

He ensures that fundamental concepts are understood, demonstrated and built upon at the student’s pace.

He likes to negotiate clear goals with students, while encouraging them to take risks – explore – “give it a go”.

And, most importantly, he likes to have fun along the way!