Music lessons, join a band, learn jazz
Music school in St Leonards – Crows Nest
New! sax lessons available on Tuesday with Michael Griffin and Saturday with Jack Stoneham.
We are a registered Creative Kids provider for NSW students. Parents & carers can redeem vouchers with us for lessons, combos, or camps.
Our Winter Jazz Camp is July 16-18, a day camp @ JWA. Bookings are open.
The all-new JWA big band (for advanced players aged 18+) will be rehearsing on Thursdays. Get in touch if you are keen. Still seeking trumpet & trombone.
Ensembles, Music Lessons & more
At the Jazz Workshop you can learn how to play jazz in one of our bands, under the direction of an expert jazz educator. We also provide regular music lessons and individual jazz improvisation coaching.
We are a music school offering both traditional music lessons as well as a unique stream specializing in teaching jazz and improvised music. We provide community and opportunity to keen students of any age and level.
- Join a jazz combo
- Music lessons (jazz or traditional)
- School holiday camps
- Jazz improvisation lessons
- Summer Jazz Camp
- See some of our alumni
Not just jazz lessons at the Jazz Workshop!
How to become a better jazz player: beyond music lessons
1. Do it with other people
2. Listen to jazz and play by ear
People you hear who are good at playing jazz have practiced doing it. That means practicing the techniques that go into playing such as scales, arpeggios, tone production, sequences, register, endurance, touch, time, and so on. It also means applying those techniques in a structured way to practice improvising, interpreting melodies in different styles, ensemble interaction, etc. Forget the myths about it all just being “from the heart” or entirely spontaneous: that’s just publicity. Like just about everything else you can do, success requires a lot of hard work over time. Even if, in the end, it turns out that your “heart” or “feeling” isn’t as “great” as Miles Davis’s was, you’ll never find out if you can’t play your instrument and don’t know your stuff. And anyway, who cares? There was only one Miles, just as there will only be one you. So get busy and enjoy the journey because there’s nothing else like it!