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Meet Our Tutors

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Nic Jeffries

Director, Clarinet, Saxophone, Voice
by special appointment only

Nic is JAM's principal and co-director of the academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in jazz performance from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Nic is widely respected as an educator as well as a live performer, and has performed alongside some of the biggest names in the Australian music business. Nic was a contestant on the popular TV series 'The Voice' in 2016 turning a rare 4 chairs from the coaches. He was a performer in the HSC 'Encore Series' in 2001 after receiving a mark of 100% for HSC music performance.

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Louis Wishart

Trumpet, Beginner French Horn, Composition and Music Theory

With 12 years experience playing Brass, Louis creates a fun and engaging learning environment for all his students to flourish as trumpet players and all-round musicians. With a strong background in both jazz and classical, specialising in jazz improvisation, Louis has studied under some of Australia’s most esteemed trumpet players, such as Simon Sweeney, Ralph Paul and John Pennings. 
 
Louis has extensive performance experience, being nominated for HSC Encore, performing with the Arts Unit Jazz Orchestra (NSW’s most esteemed high school Jazz Band), of which performed at the opening of International Jazz Day in Melbourne for Herbie Hancock and James Morrison, as well as undertaking a small residency at Ruby’s Jazz Club in London, England. 
 
Currently undertaking his final year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying Composition Honours, Louis is an internationally performed composer, just recently having the international premiere of his piece “In Spite of Time” performed in Houston, Texas by the University of Houston’s Aura Ensemble. Louis has studied with some of most well known Australian Composers such as Liza Lim, Carl Vine, Paul Stanhope and Gerard Brophy, making Louis an equally qualified composition and music theory tutor for all ages. 
 
Louis also gigs frequently with his own indie folk band as the lead singer and guitarist, of which they play all his original songs.

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Monty Taylor

Saxophone, Beginner Clarinet

Monty Taylor is a keen and friendly saxophone teacher. He is undertaking the prestigious Bachelor of Music Jazz Performance program at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has 5 years of experience teaching saxophone to school aged students.
 
Monty holds multiple musical engagements, across varying styles of jazz big band, pop-rock horn sections, and small ensembles.
 
Monty tailors lessons uniquely to each student, guiding them through new and challenging territories of learning with patience, appreciation for the student’s specific needs, interests and character.
 
He strives to make learning saxophone fun and engaging for his students, assisting their development as courageous and disciplined instrumentalists. 

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Carrie Lakin

Voice

Carrie Lakin is a highly respected singing teacher with a wealth of experience in the Australian music industry. With a lengthy career performing as a professional singer and teaching contemporary vocals, Carrie is an enthusiastic music educator. In her teaching, Carrie focuses on building technical vocal abilities along with practical performance skills, whilst encouraging students to explore and appreciate their own individual style. Carrie’s expertise and dedication create a supportive environment where students not only excel in their singing abilities but also grow as confident, well-rounded performers.

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Matthew Bell

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

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Jade Little

Flute

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Edmund Ng

French Horn

Edmund Ng is an experienced musician and educator who holds a Diploma of Music from JMC Academy, where he was the former principal horn player for the university's orchestra society. He has over a decade of experience on the French horn and is known for his approachable and patient teaching style as well as a generous spirit that nurtures budding talents. As a composer and songwriter, he is currently writing and scoring music for various games and films. Edmund's dedication to both his craft and his students reflects his passion for music and its transformative power.

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Michael Walder

Director, Bass Guitar, Double Bass

Michael is JAM's co-director and a respected musician, bandleader and educator with over twenty years experience on the acoustic and electric bass. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Michael has toured and recorded with numerous bands and artists in the Australian music scene. Some of these highlights include performing with Australian icon Tom Burlinson at the 2019 Susu Mamas Charity Fundraising Ball in Papua New Guinea, performing at the 2015 Woodford Folk Festival with acclaimed Sydney French duo Baby et Lulu, and running his own jazz band The Graduates. Michael released his debut album ‘Blues For Ray’ in 2020 and has also performed extensively with other musicians and artists at prominent music venues in Sydney, including The Basement, Oxford Art Factory, The Vanguard, Venue 505 and the Camelot Lounge, as well as countless corporate events and private functions.

 

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Skye Jeffries

Voice
by special appointment only

Skye is a wonderful vocal teacher known for her ability to draw out each student's unique vocal talent. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Australian Institute of Music. She was a successful contestant on The Voice in 2013, writes and records her own music and regularly sings professionally around Australia and internationally. Working as a backing vocalist she has sung for artists such as Guy Sebastian, Damien Leith and 2019 winner of the voice, Diana Rouvas.
 

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Guy Ruse

Guitar, Electric, Acoustic

Guy has over 10 years of experience playing guitar. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance, majoring in Jazz Guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
 
As a student, Guy received a band 6 in both HSC Music 2 and Music extension. 
 
Guy takes great pleasure in teaching a wide variety of styles on both acoustic and electric guitar, catering to the individual needs and preferences of his students.

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James Schubert

Drums, Percussion

James Schubert is an inspiring performer and teacher. He has an energetic and enthusiastic approach to teaching drums & percussion and has been with JAM since it opened in 2017. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in jazz drums at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
 
Having started his journey in jazz drums under the direction of Nic Jeffries, James now regularly performs around Australia touring with several different bands and artists.
 

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Elliot Wong

 Clarinet, Saxophone

Elliot is a multi-instrumentalist currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, majoring in Jazz Performance at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.

He plays at regular gigs around Sydney and also leads his own jazz trio and quartet.

Elliot believes in a holistic approach
to learning music and making learning interesting and engaging for all his
students.

 

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Ned Green

Piano

Ned graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019, majoring in Jazz Piano.
 
Since then he has been teaching piano, and has performed with various artists as both a keyboardist and singer. He is also a singer/songwriter and the leader of the band 'Safety First'.
 
As a teacher Ned can cover a wide range of skill levels and styles, with a particular interest in contemporary and jazz performance.

Ned welcomes his students to a relaxed and fun environment and looks forward to helping students achieve their goals.
 

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Tim Hurley

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Tim is an internationally trained jazz saxophonist and, after 14 years abroad, returned to his home country Australia in early 2020.
 
He received his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Saxophone in 2007 and then a Masters Degree in Music in 2009 from the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. During his time there Tim was an active member of the German jazz scene performing with a variety of ensembles, including professional radio big bands, at various festivals and jazz clubs across Germany and Europe. Before returning home he spent two years in New York City, soaking up the atmosphere of one of the worlds greatest jazz cities, performing with local musicians along the way.
 
Tim is an enthusiastic teacher with years of experience. He began teaching at age 16 at his former music school in Sydney's west. Preparing students for their involvement with the school's jazz ensembles and big bands, as well as taking them through their grades with the Australian Guild of Music and Speech. After becoming fluent in German, Tim continued his teaching at various music schools in Germany. Working with students of all ages and abilities, including ambitious young musicians who have gone on to study and pursue musical careers of their own.
 

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Fezo Rantos

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Fezo's profile is coming soon....
 

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