Quality guitar lessons convenient to North Sydney

A group of adult students playing in a jazz band at JWA near North Sydney with guitar, bass, drums, piano, and sax
Our students can join jazz bands with other instruments

If you live, work, or go to school in North Sydney we can offer you high-quality guitar lessons with experienced, professional teachers. The JWA studio is located just five minutes from St Leonards station. We are Saul Richardson, MIchelle Shih, and Tony Barnard and we can help you or your child become great at guitar.

Beginners and adults are most welcome, and we can teach all levels including advanced students. We can also help you prepare for HSC music and tertiary auditions. We can challenge, motivate and extend gifted and talented students (of all ages!)


What to expect from guitar lessons at JWA studio

  • Lessons that are planned and a program for each student tailored to their needs and goals
  • An emphasis on good technique from the very first lesson. This makes for great, efficient playing later on.
  • We teach our students to read music
  • All our guitar students get the opportunity to play in groups, from guitar ensemble to jazz bands with mixed instruments
  • Exclusive events for our students, like workshops, jam sessions, and master classes
  • Lessons that follow a logical progression to efficiently develop skill and knowledge
  • Lessons with qualified, professional educators who are dedicated to helping every student achieve their best

Are the lessons on North Sydney?

The young guitar students from JWA studio near North Sydney on stage performing
Our students can play in groups and perform. We give our students more than just private lessons.

No, but very close! Our studio is just five minutes from St Leonards station, a handful of stops from North Sydney, Waverton, or Wollstonecraft. There are easy busses up the Pacific Highway or a nice walk up Miller St and then through the bustling village of Crows Nest with its many restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars. It is a nice area to visit after school or after work.

Our studio is at 58 Atchison St, St Leonards.

Who gives the guitar lessons?

We are Saul Richardson (PhD.,B.Ed hons, MACE) Michelle Shih (M.Mus, B.Mus.Ed), and Tony Barnard. Saul is a well-known jazz educator and the co-founder of Jazz Workshop Australia (JWA). Michelle is an experienced teacher and a busy performer too, playing jazz, contemporary, and commercial music. Tony is one of Australia’s top jazz guitarists. We specialise in jazz, but teach contemporary styles and general technique too. Naturally, we all have Working With Children certification, just like all the other teachers at the JWA studio. Our students have achieved great success. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, most do brilliantly in HSC performance, and plenty have kept playing music as an important and enriching part of their lives.

How do I enrol?

Use the form on this page, or the more detailed contact form for this website if you prefer. You are welcome to email us: info@jazzworkshopaustralia.com.au, or phone (02) 80720621. If you or your child work or go to school in North Sydney or the lower north shore, then we do hope you’ll consider lesson with us.