Private drum lessons are available with Ashley Stoneham or Luke Hennings online or 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. Ashley Stoneham and Luke Hennings also offer AMEB preparation if you would like that.

Drum Lessons with Ashley Stoneham, B.Mus (jazz).

Ashely Stoneham is a highly-qualified, experienced drummer and educator. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he works as a performer in diverse settings from jazz to avant-garde to hip hop to indie and pop. Ashley has taught drums and percussion in schools and music studios. He is currently studying for a postgraduate Master of Teaching through the University of New England.

Ashely Stoneham is a dynamic, motivated and motivational teacher. He is a skillful instructor and mentor for students of any age and level. Young beginners are welcome. Ashley has experience preparing students for HSC music exams and tertiary auditions, assisting with school band repertoire, and exam preparation. Of course, students not working towards any of these things can expect a well-prepared individual program designed to help you or your child find joy through music and achieve your musical goals.

Ashley Stoneham is available for in-person and online lessons.

You or your child can learn drums with Ashley Stoneham

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Drum Lessons with Luke Hennings

Luke Hennings is a young professional drummer and emerging talent on the Sydney jazz and contemporary music scene. He is a fine teacher, patient and encouraging and brings good attention to detail to help his students progress and achieve their best. Lessons with Luke Hennings are fun and effective. Luke is especially good with young students and beginners of all ages. An alumnus of the Jazz Workshop Australia program, Luke is familiar with our approach and methods.

As a performer Luke freelances in jazz and pop/rock covers bands and is a key member of Anime-jazz/funk-prog band Tarros Ladder.

You or your child can learn drums with Luke Hennings.

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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.



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