The Jazz Workshop in St Leonards has saxophone teachers for all types of student: beginners, children, adults, those preparing for university auditions, HSC, professionals looking to hone their skills or brush up on theory. Click on the teacher’s name to see their bio.

Peter Farrar offers jazz saxophone levels at all levels from beginner to professional. Wednesday.

Jack Stoneham gives saxophone lessons: jazz, classical, band repertoire, etc. All levels beginner to advanced. Saturday.

Ben Samuels teaches classical clarinet & saxophone to professional level, as well as jazz on each instrument. Monday. D

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.

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 is one of Australia’s foremost jazz saxophone stylists, famous for his unmatched sound and the creative beauty of his improvising. Peter 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 saxophonists.

Peter has a passionate interest in teaching and genuine enthusiasm for his students. He is equally adept at coaching young students in school band repertoire, preparing teens for HSC performance and auditions, and inspiring aspiring jazz players through 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.

Peter is a fantastic teacher and a leading player in Australian contemporary music. We are delighted, and lucky, to have him available for you. He is highly recommended!

Jack Stoneham, B.Mus. (hons)

Jack Stoneham is a saxophonist with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in jazz performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a saxophonist he regularly performs a wide array of music from jazz to more contemporary improvised music, to hip-hop.

As a teacher Jack has wide experience as a private instrumental tutor teaching primary and high school students, and also as a band conductor. He has experience-preparing students for HSC music, and is extremely passionate about teaching improvisation in a methodical way that incorporates the development of great technical facility on the saxophone.

Jack Stoneham has performed with established Australian artists such as Mike Nock, Jim Denley, Peter Farrar, Tom Avgenicos and Jacques Emery. He leads his band The Pen Club and works regularly with groups such as Sagrada Familiar, Skram Luff, Silver Talon and the Massed Single Reedists

Ben Samuels (B.Mus, hons)

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

Ben Samuels is a clarinet and sax teacher with a Bachelors degree in classical woodwind performance from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and and honours in jazz saxophone from Monash University. He is experienced teaching students from primary school through to adults. He is familiar with the NSW HSC music syllabus and can prepare students for HSC performance. He can also prepare his students for AMEB exams or similar, with good results.

As a performer Ben has played with groups and artists including The Australian Art Orchestra, Sandy Evans, the Splinter Orchestra, and The Monday Club. He also leads his own in-demand group the No!BS Quartet.

Ben is an organised, effective teacher who combines patience and enthusiasm with an easy rapport with his dedicated students. Motivated and highly motivating, Ben is a wonderful teacher. Highly recommended!

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  1. Alison Ross says:

    Hi Jack,
    My name is Alison & I live on the Mid north coast near Taree I’ve been playing sax for about 20 yrs & am really keen to continue my sax studies. I’ve played in blues & jazz bands around the area & have B.MusB.Teach from UNE. Are you able to give fortnightly/monthly lessons as I live in the country, or alternatively can you recommend any good jazz sax teachers around Newcastle/ Port Macquarie areas, even the Central coast!
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    PS My faves are Coltrane & Sandy Evans!

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