Jeremy Woolhouse teaches four kinds of lessons: 1. Jazz Piano, 2. Alexander Technique, 3. Performance Skills and 4. Combination of 1,2 and 3.
- Jazz Piano - either a) for fun, b) as a transition from classical, or c) for advanced study
Jazz Piano for Fun
Jazz inherently playful. Learn to be spontaneous and creative in your piano playing. Jeremy teaches jazz for those who want to play for the fun of it.
The lessons may be quite different from traditional pedagogues. Mostly, the theory and techniques of jazz are approached through playing tunes from the jazz repertoire - especially blues and the jazz standards.
By structuring the way we work on each tune, students progress organically, gaining skills in reading chord charts, improvising, chord voicing and arranging.
Harmony and composition are also taught as a way to deepen understanding of how jazz works.
These sessions are suited to pianists who have some basic background in piano. A current ability equivalent to grade 3 AMEB is a minimum. Ages 13 and up. No jazz experience is required.
Jazz as a Transition from Classical Piano
Have some classical skills, but feel stumped when it comes to improvising or playing swing? Looking to expand and diversify your repertoire?
Adapting the skills a student may have from classical training and applying them to jazz is one of Jeremy’s specialities. When taken progressively in a structured way, it is not difficult to learn to play jazz with comfort, relax into a natural swing groove and feel confident in improvising.
Some people seem to have a mysterious ability to improvise. There is however, a very tangible way every pianist can learn these skills! It is a different kind of disciple, but one which anyone who has an interest can learn, enjoy and thrive on.
Developing confidence is a key factor for students who already have some facility. The teaching paradigm Jeremy uses has this at the core. It is based on ‘progressive complexity’ - a system of creating successive challenges which are always achievable. Much more conducive to healthy recreation than successive failing!
These sessions are suited to pianists who have some classical background. A current ability equivalent to grade 3 AMEB is a minimum. Ages 13 and up. No jazz experience is required.
Go deep into the styles of jazz and the way that pianists engage with the genre. Learn ‘comping, accompanying, and ensemble playing skills. Broaden your repertoire of jazz standards and contemporary jazz.
Whether it be for VCE, Uni, as preparation for entry into Uni, an ensemble or for your own development, working with a professional player and teacher can take you to the next stage in your aspirations as a jazz pianist.
These sessions are suited to pianists who have some jazz background. A current ability equivalent to grade 3 AMEB is a minimum. Ages 13 and up.
Alexander Technique for musicians
Alexander Technique teaches ease and efficiency. You learns skills to address back pain, neck pain, or other things which interfere with comfort and performance. Alexander Technique actively helps you while you are sitting, walking, playing, working or doing anything that involves posture or movement.
This is especially relevant to musicians who are experiencing: pain in hands, wrist, shoulder, neck or back, RSI, carpal tunnel, overuse injury, performance anxiety, tension and for those who wish to improve on technique, expression, musicality, confidence, comfort, ease or endurance in performance.
For pianists working on technical development, principles of Taubman Technique are also referred to as complementary to integrated training.
Students of any musical background or genre can benefit from Alexander Technique. For more info visit www.poisealexandertechnique.com.au
Competence at the instrument is not all it takes to be a performer. There are things we can do which make performance, or practice either a negative or a positive experience.
Most of us have enough positive experience to keep us going through all the negative experiences, but recognise scope for playing to be more fun. With a background in performance and the constructive thinking skills of Alexander Technique, Jeremy can help guide players of all ages and abilities to find more confidence and comfort in playing.
This is not just dealing with performance anxiety, or stage fright. Many musicians feel frustration even when practicing at home alone. Sometimes the feedback we are given, or the way we have interpreted our teachers’ or critics’ advice can be very demotivating. Learning to navigate through this is a way to make playing a more energising and joyful experience for yourself. Naturally, this will flow on into more inspired public performance.
Jeremy can also assist with coaching on other aspects of performance, personal and musical presentation.
Suitable for musicians of any instrument, genre, age or ability.
Combination of any or all of the above!
Jeremy is a VCA graduate who has received critical acclaim for his composition, recordings and performance in Woolhouse-Michailidis-Robertson, Birchall and Woolhouse and Silverbeat projects. His signature melodic lyricism and elegant use of harmony shine in a style which fuses jazz, classical and South American music.
Exploring the reflective and meditative qualities of musical narrative, his compositions are moving and evocative. Jeremy's simple, understated sound is inspired by the aesthetics of ECM jazz recordings.
Using Alexander Technique as a jazz pianist since 1998 has earned Jeremy a deep appreciation of the application of Alexander Technique to professional performance.
He and has accumulated experience teaching Alexander Technique to performing artists for professional development, injury rehabilitation, RSI and pain management. Jeremy works with a diverse range of students, applying Alexander Technique to a host of conditions and professional applications.
In offering structured and engaging lessons, Jeremy is interested in his students achieving independence, prolonged wellbeing and inspired performance whilst enjoying the learning process.