Jazz Workshop Australia (JWA) is an education company. We provide high quality jazz and other music education services including ensembles, music tours, holiday camps, and serviced private tuition studios for music teachers. JWA is owned and operated by co-founders Saul Richardson and Karen Richards.
JWA is based in The Jazz Workshop, a purpose-built venue housing band rehearsal rooms and soundproof teaching studios located in the suburb of St Leonards on the lower north shore of Sydney. It is very close to the train station and buses with ample parking on the street and a nearby council car park.
Our business has three main parts:
- Bands: We run a program of jazz bands for all levels of students catering to serious and recreational musicians alike. We offer groups for children, teens, young adults, and adults. These ensembles, mostly jazz “combos”, train students in jazz performance skills and also provide structured teaching in jazz improvisation.
- Serviced Studios (music school): We make space available to selected private music teachers of a range of instruments. We provide them with a venue to base their teaching practice, administrative services, promotion on our website and other places, referral of new students, access to a good selection of resources, advice and pedagogical support, a school infrastructure, recital and rehearsal space, and more. The tutors teaching out of the Jazz Workshop venue are all independent self-employed professionals but are vetted by us for quality, professionalism, qualification to teach, and working with children certification. Most of the teachers at JWA teach both jazz and classical repertoire and technique, depending on the needs and goals of each student.
- Music Camps: We run a range of music camps at various time through the year, including summer and winter jazz camps. The summer jazz camp is residential and held off site.
JWA also arrange international and domestic music performance and study tours for our own in-house groups formed for a specific tour and can also to this on behalf of other schools and community bands.