Private drum lessons are available with Craig Naughton at our JWA Studio Drum School. Group/band lessons are available through our jazz combos. Students from beginner to advanced are welcome. The lessons are at our well-appointed studio in St Leonards / Crows Nest on the Sydney lower north shore, close to the station for easy access from all parts of Sydney. Our lessons offer an alternative to both rigid, rote-learning based classical approaches and unstructured ‘infotainment’-style rock/pop lessons. Expect fun lessons with friendly, motivating teacher, combined with structured and effective learning. Craig Naughton also offers AMEB preparation if you would like that.
Drum Lessons with Craig Naughton, Dip. Mus. (Jazz)
Craig Naughton is one of Australia’s most accomplished drummers, valued for his impeccable sense of groove as well as his effortless mastery of complex forms and odd-meters! Better still, he is a highly-experienced teacher having previously taught at the University of New South Wales, the Australian Institute of Music, and privately in his own studio. He loves teaching students of all levels and ages with the patience and skill to teach beginners and the formidable chops to comfortably take the most advanced students to new, previously-unimagined levels of excellence. Craig Naughton has experience in preparing students for HSC music performance, Conservatorium and university auditions, and AMEB exams.
As a performer, Craig leads his own group, plays in a range of other bands as a freelance ‘side man’ in jazz, fusion, rock/pop, and contemporary styles. He has also performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Billy Hydes National Drummer Playoff, and also played on the Aria Award-winning album All Out with the James Muller Trio (Best Jazz Album – 2000).
You or your child can learn drums with Craig Naughton.
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Group lessons – jazz combos
Drummers at JWA have the opportunity to learn to play in a jazz combo, a small band with a mixture of instruments. These can be in addition to private lessons with Jamie Cameron, or as a stand-alone. You don’t have to be taking drum lessons at JWA to join one of the combos. The groups are graded by experience, jazz playing level, and to some extent by age, so an assessment is usually needed to place students in the right group for them. Combo rehearsals include instruction in jazz band drumming techniques and styles, improvisation, repertoire, essential theory, and ensemble interaction, as well as practicing tunes. The combos follow a structured and sequential program. That means they are not just for playing, but for learning too.
The combos are excellent as an extension and support for private lessons with a jazz drum teacher like Jamie Cameron. They are also great for anyone who has a good teacher already, maybe not a jazz specialist, who you want to stay with.
Look here for more details about the jazz combos program. Email us to join.