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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JWA intermediate combo young musicians aged 8 to 13 posed in a group

Combos 2018 underway

Our jazz bands are underway for the new year. The Saturday intermediate combo was first, kicking off on Saturday Feb 3, the very first day of term. Most of the members of that band went to Summer Jazz Camp, so were all fired-up and ready to play right from the start. They sounded terrific too. […]

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Sydney Conservatorium entrance

University auditions success

At the end of last year seven of our students auditioned for various university music courses. Most applied for jazz performance, but some were interested in contemporary and improvised music. And they all got in to top courses. Most of them had offers from multiple universities. The universities they accepted offers from included: Sydney Conservatorium […]

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Jazz camp scholarship winners

Two scholarships were awarded to Summer Jazz Camp students this January 2018. The recipient of the major award, the Sarah Waugh Return scholarship was pianist Yann Delaunay from New Caledonia. He was presented his award by sponsors Mark and Juliana Waugh.   Yann is an outstanding musician who fully embraced the life and spirit of […]

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