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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Summer Jazz Camp 2019 electives

The elective activities for our upcoming 2019 Summer Jazz Camp will be: A break from music/games Composition Drumming for non-drummers Introduction to jazz theory Jazz Fusion Jazz singing group Latin jazz/salsa Soul jazz Synthesizers in creative music: an introduction Campers choose one of these activities as part of days two and three of the camp. […]

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Gavin Ahearn teaches piano and jazz combo for adults at JWA

New jazz combo for adults

  New members are welcome in our new jazz combo for adults We’ve started a new jazz combo for adults,  intermediate+ level, rehearsing on Monday nights and tutored by pianist Gavin Ahearn. It is for musicians who can already play their instruments well and have experience playing jazz. Anyone who has previously done our introductory […]

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First trumpet lesson for a beginner at JWA

Beginning teaching music lessons

The first lessons: what to do with a new student – advice for starting to teach So you’ve got a new student. Great! Now what do you do? Where do you begin? In this article I give advice for music teachers on those crucial first lessons with a new student. Giving every student the best […]

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Ben Samules, clarinet and saxophone teacher at JWA, St Leonards / Crows Nest

Welcome Ben Samuels, clarinet and sax teacher

We are excited to announce that Ben Samuels will be teaching clarinet and saxophone at JWA in St Leonards. A marvelous teacher, Ben can help kids and adults alike to become great at classical and/or jazz. He has a B.Mus in classical clarinet from Sydney Conservatorium and in jazz saxophone from Monash University. He is a […]

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