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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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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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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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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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Matt Baker

Matt Baker to teach at Summer Jazz Camp

We are excited to announce that New York Australian expat and acclaimed jazz piano virtuoso and vocalist Matt Baker will be teaching at Summer Jazz Camp 2018. No stranger to Jazz Camp, Matt Baker was a popular regular on the teaching faculty before moving to live in New York. He has since enjoyed a stellar […]

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big band

Why you need more than just big band

From time to time we meet young musicians who are about to finish high school and aspire to study at one of the reputable tertiary jazz schools but are taken aback and disappointed when they don’t get past the audition. Why not? After all, they were one of the best musicians at their school, even […]

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Just Have Fun?

Sometimes well-meaning teachers will tell you that “the most important thing is that you just have fun”. Of course you should enjoy playing jazz, but learning how to do it, and getting good at it, will sometimes involve hard work that, well, may not seem fun at the time. Famous jazz players aren’t famous because […]

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