Saxophone & Woodwind Lessons

The Jazz Workshop in St Leonards has saxophone teachers for all types of student: beginners, children, adults, those preparing for university auditions, HSC, professionals looming to hone their skills, and so on (click on the teacher’s name to see their bio):

  • Jason Noble offers Classical clarinet & saxophone lessons at all levels from beginner to advanced tertiary-level.
  • Jeremy Rose teaches jazz saxophone, Clarinet & flute from beginner to professional. He teaches classical saxophone, clarinet, &  flute up to intermediate level.
  • Peter Farrar offers jazz saxophone levels at all levels from beginner to professional.
  • Kali Gillen teaches jazz saxophone, classical sax to Grade 8, clarinet to Grade 3, and flute to Grade 3.

Students of all ages and standards are welcome. Jazz Workshop caters both to students who want to learn to play jazz or who are looking for an alternative to traditional exam-based teaching methods and to those interested in exams such as AMEB and ABRSM.


Jason Noble, B.Mus. (hons), LMusA.

Teacher of classical saxophone & clarinet.

Jason Noble is a clarinettist performing in styles from classical to experimental and popular music. He has experimented with all members of the clarinet family and dabbled on saxillo, clarinis, keyboards and bagpipe . As a core member of Ensemble Offspring for the past fifteen years , he has toured to Europe, Asia, and performed in most Australian cities and regional centres.

Jason has taught in the Musicology Department of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for more than ten years, where he also obtained his bachelor degree with first class honours. He has taught at Moriah College, Trinity Grammar, MLC Burwood, Gondwana Voices, Sydney Boys High, North Sydney Boys High and Bellevue Hill Primary School.

Jason is also a woodwind examiner for the A.M.E.B, examining at both grade and diploma levels.

In 2016, Jason will launch a new radio program on Fine Music 102.5FM. Entitled ‘New Australian Music for the HSC”, the program will offer students, teachers, performers and composers and outlet for celebrating their work.

Recent projects highlight the variety of work Jason is involved with. “Am I”, with Nick Wales and the Shaun Parker Dance Company, has toured festivals in Germany, Stockholm, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. He has twice visited the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul to perform and teach. He performed with the Tiwi Women’s Strong Group Ngarukruwala at the 2016 Sydney Festival.

Jason has collaborated with popular musicians Sally Seltmann, Holly Throsby, Jess Green, Alyx Dennison and has begun recording a second album with Ngarukuruwala. He has been awarded “Best Performance” as part of the APRA/AMC Awards with Ensemble Offspring , and premiered the winning compositions “A Flock of Stars” by Lyn Williams and “The Secret Noise” by Damien Ricketson.


Jeremy Rose, PhD, B.Mus.

Teacher of jazz & classical saxophone, clarinet, & flute.

Jeremy Rose is a noted Australian and international saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and recording artist. His projects include acclaimed groups The Strides and The Vampires. He is a two-time participant in the Banf Creative music workshops and is a graduate if the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Rose has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist, BBM Award, and an Australian Postgraduate Award to study for Masters in Music (Composition) with Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Conservatorium.

As a composer, Jeremy has written and received commissions from the Kuring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, SSO Fellowship, Sirens Big Band and Compass Quartet. His 2011 work ‘River Meeting Suite’ on the Compass Quartet album ‘Ode to an Auto Rickshaw’ was a finalist in the 2012 Art Awards for Best Jazz Work.

He is now taking students at the Jazz workshop.

Peter Farrar, B.Mus.

Teacher of jazz saxophone

Peter Farrar is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a degree in Jazz Performance.

He has wide experience in performance from mainstream settings through to cutting-edge contemporary improvised music. He is known for his combination of dazzling technique and sublime tone, and is one of Australia’s most respected young saxophonists.

Peter has a passionate interest in teaching, to which he brings a unique, but effective, improvisation-based approach. He has experience not only as a private teacher, but also tutoring outstanding student ensembles and coordinating exciting mentoring projects for younger musicians.

Peter has performed with leading Australian and international artists including Mike Nock, Dale Gorfinkel, Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart, Wadada Leo Smith and Cor Fuhler. He also works with such groups as Splinter Orchestra, 8-ball, Dave Panichi Septet and Farfinkel Pugowski

Peter Farrar on alto nearly stole the show with his solo on “Lieb”. He has a tone reminiscent of Ornette Coleman and an expeditious array of ideas. Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond 2006.


Kali Gillen

Teacher of jazz & classical saxophone, clarinet, and flute.

Kali Gillen is currently completing her B.Mus (Jazz performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has performed as lead alto sax player in the Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra and is currently  lead alto in the SIMA Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra, an initiative of the Siren’s Big Band. She also performs professionally as a freelance jazz and commercial musician.

Kali is a wonderful teacher, at once caring and organised, motivating her students to strive for excellence. She equips her charges with the sound technical and theoretical basis that is essential for progress, but also shares a keen and infectious passion for music.

Whilst jazz is her main focus, Kali has completed her AMEB in saxophone and enjoys performing in a wide variety of styles and ensembles including saxophone quartets, wind ensembles and solo work. She is delighted to teach students through AMEB and other examination syllabi: saxophone to Grade 8, Flute and Clarinet to Grade 3. Beginners are welcomed on any of these instruments.

(+61) 2 9966 5468