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How to become a better jazz player: beyond music lessons

1. Do it with other people One of the most important aspects of jazz is that it is best done with other people. Jazz involves improvised interaction in real-time between musicians. It is a wonderful and powerful skill to have. You can’t practice this kind of responsive interaction by yourself. That makes playing in an […]

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Drum teacher Jamie Cameron at JWA north shore studio

Farewell Jamie Cameron

We are sorry to say that Jamie Cameron has made the difficult decision to leave the JWA faculty. One of our longest-serving teachers, Jamie was our main drum teacher for over eight years mentoring countless students young and old. Now, sadly for us and his loyal students he is stopping all his ‘after hours’ teaching […]

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JWA stage band

JWA Big Band

We are excited to announce the rebirth of the JWA Big Band!  To complement the Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra, an outstanding big band for school students, we are re-introducing a large ensemble for advanced school leavers and adults. Why? Music needn’t end just because school does Many young players get to a high level by […]

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Jazz Camp FAQ

In the lead-up to Jazz Camp starting January 7, here are some frequently asked questions before and during the camp. Do I need to bring my own instrument? When do I choose my electives? Will my child be sleeping in a room with others of the same age-group? What if my child gets sick? Is […]

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Jazz Camp evening concerts

We’ve got an awesome line-up of evening concerts for students coming to this January’s Summer Jazz Camp. Each night a professional group plays exclusively for our campers along with some Q&A. For Jazz Camp 2019 we have Sandy Evans Trio Emma Pask band Funk Engine Jazz Camp faculty concert This camp is sold out, but […]

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3 ways to get better at playing jazz

Here are three things you can do to improve your jazz playing if you are a student. We won’t say they are “easy” because they all involve effort, but they aren’t hard to do and are simple enough to understand. Remember that improvisation in various forms is at the heart of jazz, not just playing […]

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Jazz education rhetoric and reality

by Saul Richardson, 2018. There is a popular misconception that playing jazz is exclusively about uniquely talented individuals expressing an unusual inner creativity that only a select few a born with. Popular “wisdom” also says that jazz is mysterious and cannot be taught. As Paul Berliner pointed out in his landmark study of improvisation Thinking […]

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Farewell Kali Gillen

Kali Gillen, popular sax and clarinet teacher, is leaving teaching to pursue other opportunities. Although she is still studying at the Sydney Conservatrium, she is kept busy as a performer involved in projects like the Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective and various musicals and other shows. Her students at JWA and Jazz Camp always enjoyed her […]

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Craig Naughton, drum teacher at JWA in St Leonards

Craig Naughton drums @ JWA

Award-winning drummer & composer Craig Naughton is now giving drum lessons at the JWA studio in St Leonards. Initially he will be available on Thursday afternoon and evening, possibly adding Saturdays later on. Craig is one of Australia’s most accomplished drummers, valued for his solid groove as well as his effortless mastery of complex forms […]

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jazz band with cello, bassoon, and French horn

Some ways that jazz education excludes girls and why this is a problem

Saul Richardson. 2018. Here are some thoughts on some factors that seem likely to drive girls and women away from jazz education, performance, and consumption. Some of these probably effect many boys and men in the same way. These are not the only factors at work, but these one are easily fixed. I also explain […]

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