Meet Our Tutors
Director, Clarinet, Saxophone, Voice
Nic is JAM's Principal, and 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.
Lachlan is a well-respected conductor, composer, arranger, educator and performer. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and undergoes extensive continuous study and research in music education and conducting. Lachlan has extensive experience in preparing students for their HSC performance examinations. In 2018, he composed and published his first piece for Primary school bands, titled "Riding Through The Wild West."
Josh Hunter is a dedicated and enthusiastic Trumpet player and tutor. He has a number of years experience in teaching the trumpet and employs a strong focus on technique with his students. Josh performs around Sydney with the Blue Riff Big Band, The JWA Little Big Band and has been a member of the JAM Big Band since joining the JAM team in 2019. He has performed in many of Sydney's most prestigious venues, including the State Theatre. Josh is dedicated to the success of his students and continually helps them to strive for their best.
Flute, Violin, Viola, Piano, Music Theory
Eunice is an accomplished performer and educator with many years experience working with students of all ages. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in Viola and also holds an AMusA Diploma from the AMEB in Flute, Viola (with distinction) & Piano as well as her LMusA Diploma in Flute. With an extremely wide variety of experience and study, Eunice tutors her students with a wide variety of approaches, including both Suzuki and AMEB methods. She is very dedicated to the success of her students and desires that each one has an enjoyable musical experience.
Suzy is a confident and mature performer and educator who is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was on the HSC Honours roll for both Music 2 and Music Extension at her school, and has experience in preparing students for AMEB music exams, with many of her students achieving 'honours' status. Suzy regularly performs around Sydney for musical productions and in Orchestras and recently toured Spain with the Conservatorium Wind Symphony. She is currently principal flautist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Suzy is known for her energetic and bubbly approach, and continually helps her students achieve their absolute best.
Clayton is an experienced performer and educator in drums & percussion. He holds both a Diploma in Music from Nirimba College, and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Clayton performs as a session and touring musician with a number of bands both locally and internationally. With the ability to communicate fluently with people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels he helps his students to successfully develop their musical knowledge and abilities.
Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Ensembles
Ben Ackland is a Sydney-based Musician, Composer, Arranger and Producer. In 1998 he received a bachelor of music (performance) from Southern Cross University. He then gained a Graduate Diploma in music Education from the University of New England Armidale. Ben also studied Jazz performance at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney.
Ben has taught High School music at HSC level and conducted Ensembles at Trinity Grammar, Newtown Performing Arts, Caringbah High, Inaburra, MLC Burwood, Mamre Anglican and Sutherland Shire Christian School. He is a fun and engaging educator who enjoys passing on his love of music.
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Toot
Irisa is an experienced performer and woodwind educator teaching Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute (and Toot!). Irisa has been playing Clarinet for 15 years, Saxophone for 13 years and the Flute for 5 years.
She is experienced in guiding many students through AMEB up to Grade 8 for Clarinet and Saxophone and Grade 7 for Flute. She has been teaching now for 4 years and occasionally plays gigs with a community big band.
Irisa is a committed and creative teacher who has experience with students of many ages and backgrounds and wants to share her love and passion for music with others.
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.
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Ben is a highly accomplished young Saxophone player. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music degree at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is already working as a freelance musician in the Sydney professional music scene. Having started his journey in jazz under the tutelage of Nic Jeffries, Ben has gone on to study with some of the best musicians in the world, including a stint at The Brubeck Institute of Jazz in Sacramento. He is extremely dedicated to the success of his students, and inspires them to constantly achieve their best.
Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Michael is an inspiring musician, educator and band leader with over 20 years experience performing on acoustic and electric bass. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Michael performs all around Australia and currently runs his own band "The Graduates" who perform for some of Sydney's most high profile corporate events.
Guitar, Electric Bass
Josh is an experienced performer and teacher on the Guitar and the Electric Bass, with a positive and engaging attitude toward his students. He holds an advanced diploma from The C3 College and is continually performing around Sydney with various bands. Josh is a dedicated teacher and has many years of experience working with students of all ages.
Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Music Theory, Harmony, Musicianship & Arranging
James is a multi-talented musician, arranger and recording engineer with the ability to help students of all ages realise their musical dreams and abilities. He is currently studying a double degree in Music Studies (Composition) and Arts (Psychology) at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The University of Sydney. James has extensive performing experience both in Piano and Guitar and continues to perform as a freelance musician in both corporate and original bands. He was nominated for the HSC 'Encore' series in 2016 and has also been awarded a Scholarship Award from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.
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.
Damon is currently a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition for Creative Industries.
Damon is a well-rounded musician and an aspiring composer with over 10 years of experience playing the trombone. During his time as a student, Damon completed up to 8th Grade AMEB and also achieved high results in HSC music. He also plays and performs at gigs with a variety of bands around Sydney.
Damon is a very committed teacher in providing young lower brass students with a fun and engaging musical education.
Bella is a skilled vocalist and singing teacher with over 10 years singing experience. She completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in Contemporary Performance (Voice) at the Australian Institute of Music in 2018 and is currently studying a Diploma in Christian Ministry - Majoring in Songwriting at C3 College.
Bella has been taught a variety of musical genres over the past decade and as a songwriter, she is currently crafting and writing her own music. Bella is bright, bubbly and passionate about teaching students of all ages how to discover and develop, not only their own unique voices, but their inner confidence and abilities.