Piano Lessons

piano lessons at JWA

Piano and keyboard lessons are available at JWA with Gavin Ahearn and Novak Manovlovic.

Students of all ages and standards are welcome. Jazz Workshop caters particularly to students who want to learn to play jazz or who are looking for an alternative to traditional exam-based teaching methods, but Novak Manojlovic teaches traditional classical piano too.


Gavin Ahearn

“a beautiful, lyrical pianist… eking out the deeply affecting & truly extraordinary”Australian Stage.

Gavin Ahearn is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer. He has performed/recorded with a variety of Australia’s leading artists including Neilsen Gough, Bri Cowlishaw, Liam Burroughs, Danni Da Ros, Adrian Mears, Toby Hall Band, Bob Henderson, Ed Wilson Big Band, Sussurro (Brazilian band), Normie Rowe, Dylan Foster (Singapore), Synergy Percussion and many more.

Gavin led his own U.S. based ensemble for 7 years which featured New York musicians Mike Dopazo and Christian Coleman plus Atlanta bassist Chris Riggenbach. The quartet recorded Gavin’s debut album in New York, Flight of the Arctic Tern, which received distribution in the U.S. and Japan. Gavin has performed in venues around the world from Mo I Rana near the arctic circle in Norway through Europe and the US to venues in South East Asia.

Gavin is also involved in music production and film/tv scoring with his compositions being used in a number of TVC’s and short films. Gavin is also on the faculty at The Australian International Conservatorium as well as The Jazz Workshop.

Gavin is a wonderful piano teacher comfortable teaching everyone from young beginners to advanced adults. He is happy to help prepare students for HSC and school performances.


Novak Manojlovic

B.Mus (Jazz).

Novak Manojlovic is trained in both jazz and classical piano, including a degree in jazz performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is an experienced and effective teacher who achieves a comfortable rapport with his students. He is able and happy to teach all ages and levels of experience. He both enthuses his students with his own passion for music and at the same time guides them with an unobtrusive yet rigorous attention to detail.

He trained at both the Wollongong and Sydney Conservatoria in performance, music history, ensemble studies, ear training and improvisation in the idioms of jazz and classical piano. A former member of the acclaimed SCM Jazz Orchestra he currently works as a freelance session player. Recent tours have been with Ngaiire and the High Tops Brass Band. He also composes, preforms, and records his own creative projects.


Jazz Improvisation

All of the teachers at the Jazz Workshop can give lessons in jazz improvisation to any student, regardless of their instrument. Saul Richardson specialises in teaching improvisation to beginners and young players. Other JWA teachers, such as Jeremy Borthwick, Gai Bryant and James Ryan love to teach very advanced concepts.

So, whatever instrument you or your child play, one of our teachers can give lessons in jazz improvisation. Lessons can be either ongoing, occasional, or a short series. Call or email for details

(+61) 2 9966 5468