AHJAY STELINO is a professional musician and music therapist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He currently works as a music therapist, songwriter and guitar tutor.
Professional Musician and Songwriter
Ahjay has been a professional musician for over 12 years. He plays a range of instruments including the guitar, bass, piano, drums and percussion. He has a personal recording studio, Stelino Studios in Auckland which is a world-class professional music and audio recording studio. Ahjay has produced over 150 commercially released songs to date for a range of clients all over the globe. He is full writer member of the Australia Performing Rights Association (APRA). In 2015, Ahjay won the songwriting competition hosted by the “World Federation of Music” for their 30 anniversary celebrations with the song “WFMT.” In 2014, Ahjay was a winner in the New Zealand Ukulele Festival Uke-Can-Do-It songwriting competition with his song “Ukulele Day.”
Registered Music Therapist
Ahjay Stelino is a practising registered music therapist. He holds a Masters degree with First Class Honours in Music Therapy from the New Zealand School of Music – MMusTher(Hons). He is registered with the New Zealand Music Therapy Registration Board (registration is under his real name of Ajay Castelino). He is a full member of Music Therapy New Zealand (MThNZ). He has formerly held the health portfolio for MThNZ. He was also a member of the committee that set up the NZ Music Therapy Standards of Practice.
He has been awarded the Marian Rayward Memorial Scholarship in Music (2008) and the McKenzie Music Therapy Scholarship (2016 & 2008). He has been awarded research grants and published research articles in internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals such as the Australasian Psychiatry and the New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy. He has been an international invited speaker in the field of music therapy in New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.
He has over 10 years of experience working therapeutically with music within the field of special needs and also experience in the field of mental health. He currently works as a music therapist at a school for students with Blind and Low Vision in Auckland, New Zealand.
Registered Guitar Tutor
Ahjay holds a Licentiate Diploma in Electric Guitar from the London College of Music, LLCM(TD). He is a registered teacher with the Registry of Guitar Tutors. He teaches guitar at a private school in Auckland. His students average over 85% in the London College of Music Guitar Exams.
Composite Guitar Designer
Before jumping over the the dark side of the moon, Ahjay trained and worked as a mechanical engineer. During his studies for a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honours from Auckland University, BE(Hons) he designed a composite electric guitar. The guitar was reviewed in various New Zealand magazines including the “New Zealand Musician” magazine. The guitar won the year 2000 University of Auckland “An Innovative Project with Potential for Global Commercialisation” award and was a finalist in the 2001 “Institute of Professional Engineers NZ Student Design Award.”
“Conceptually I believe their onto a real winner , and have clearly done their homework as far as resonance and harmonic response goes – Mark Bell,New Zealand Musician, 2000“