Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium

A recipient of the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UWA Student Guild "Students' Choice Award," Jonathan is a dedicated instructor with nearly fifteen years of teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Jonathan heads the guitar program at the University of Western Australia, and also offers private tuition for highly committed school-age and adult students.

Performances & Masterclasses

The guitar studio at the UWA Conservatorium of Music is among the most active in the country, unmatched in the vast number of performance opportunities available to students. In 2017 the guitar studio performed 12 concerts across WA and interstate, including a concert tour of the southwest and a performance in Melbourne hosted by the Melbourne Guitar Foundation. In 2018, UWA launched the first Perth International Classical Guitar Festival, bringing together national and international artists over five days of concerts, masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations.

Guitar students can expect to be part of a lively community of like-minded musicians, receiving 12 hours of expert 1-1 tuition per semester, participating in a weekly Guitar Workshop, and performing solo and ensemble repertoire in numerous concerts throughout the year. Over the course of the program, students will work on their technique, develop skills in interpretation, programming, arranging and recording, ensemble performance and pedagogy.

In addition, each year students can expect to participate in: Centre Stage performances as part of the guitar ensemble, Lunchtime Concerts, Fridays@Five events, collaborations with local and national arts organisations as well as student led performances, graduations/events and recitals, and weekly performance opportunities in both guitar workshop and string workshop. Students also participate regularly in masterclasses by visiting national and international artists, with recent guests including Craig Ogden and Karin Schaupp.


The Moretti Ensemble is UWA’s large guitar ensemble, performing an immense range of repertoire from the Baroque works of Vivaldi and Scarlatti to the 21st century compositions of Nigel Westlake and George Frederic Haas. Students also form small ensembles and collaborate with other instrumentalists and composers, allowing for a rich and varied chamber music experience.

Many of the guitar students also perform with the UWA Symphonic Chorus, performing repertoire from Bernstein to Beethoven, Monty Python to Mahler, in venues such as the Perth Concert Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral and Winthrop Hall.

The University

UWA is a world Top 100 University, and in 2017 the Conservatorium of Music at UWA was ranked No. 33 in the world and No.1 in WA for Performing Arts in the QS rankings. We stage more classical music performances than any other WA Tertiary Institution. With very flexible course structures, UWA is the only tertiary institution in WA to allow students to pursue a performance degree concurrently with another major within the University.

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