Pania Simmonds
Publish Date: Monday, 4 May 2020
Pania Simmonds


Music tutor Pania Simmonds is originally from Te Kauwhata, a small town in North Waikato. Growing up, her musical education was mainly informal, playing in bands and learning guitar. She also had piano lessons as a young child but didn’t enjoy it and ended up quitting to switch to electric guitar.  

After high school, Pania moved to Dunedin to study music formally at Otago University and this has given her a more solid understanding of music and the academic world. Graduating with an honours degree, Pania has also studied at Jazz School in Wellington and has undertaken a National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5) while working here at SIT. Currently still learning as she teaches, Pania is now studying how to facilitate and integrate numeracy and literacy into practical learning to build on the foundation music programme that SIT offers.

Having played in a variety of bands, orchestras and big bands, Pania enjoys anything to do with music that is creative and honest, and loves live music. Her work experience in the music industry has mainly been playing in bands and teaching bass guitar itinerantly, privately and at Otago University.

“I applied for the role as a music tutor at SIT as I wanted to expand my career and learn new skills. SIT has been an excellent job for my personal and professional growth.”

Pania’s working knowledge of music technology, supported by great resources and staff at SIT has been a positive outcome of the job. Having now worked at SIT for almost three years, she says that “the best part of working at SIT is the students that I get to meet and see graduate. I have learnt a lot from them, there are a lot of talented, bright and dedicated students that come here to study. That would have to be the highlight of the job”.