Jonathan is the guitar lecturer at the University of Western Australia, and also offers private tuition for highly committed school-age and adult students. A recipient of the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching, he is a dedicated instructor with nearly fifteen years of teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. To enquire about private lessons, click here.

Teaching Philosophy

Guitar at UWA

UWA is a world Top 100 University, and in 2017 the School 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.

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, performing solo and ensemble repertoire in venues across WA and beyond. Throughout the program, students will work on their technique, develop skills in interpretation, programming, arranging and recording, ensemble performance and pedagogy.

Performances & Masterclasses

The guitar studio at UWA is among the most active in the country. In Semester 2, 2017 they will perform 9 concerts, including a four-city concert tour of the southwest, and a performance in Melbourne hosted by the Melbourne Guitar Foundation.

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.

For more information about studying music at UWA, please visit www.music.uwa.edu.au

UWA Students Performing on Tour