Contemporary Music Studies

Ashley Turner

Bass Teacher

Ash has a Bachelor of Music from the City College of New York and an Assoc. Dip. in Jazz Studies from Sydney Conservatorium. He was awarded Australia Council of The Arts grants to produce his own CD “Beautiful Open Spaces” and for study in New York, where he worked as a freelance bass player for 6 years.

Ash has worked with many of Australia’s leading jazz artists including James Morrison, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow and Bob Barnard. He has also backed mainstream artists such as Marina Pryor, Dave Hobson and Monica Trapaga.

GUY STRAZZ

Head of Program (Guitar), Guitar Teacher

Guy teaches jazz, rock, fusion, funk, blues and Latin on electric and acoustic guitars. He is also an accomplished classical guitar player/teacher. He holds a Masters and a PhD in music, as well as B. Mus and a Jazz Diploma. 

He has studied guitar with luminaries such as Australia’s George Golla, as well as Americans Mike Stern (ex-Miles Davis) and Pat Martino. His classical guitar teachers include John Della Torre and Greg Pickler.

Guy was a recipient of a Jazz APRA Award and two APRA nominations for composition; an AIR Nomination 2008 for Best Jazz Release; an Indie Acoustic Project USA Finalist 2006 for Best Global Jazz Beat Release; and a Music Fellowship form the Australia Arts Council.

Yvette Masters

Co-Head of Program (Voice), Vocal Teacher

Since graduating from Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma of Operatic Art, majoring in vocal performance, Yvette has taught and consulted for some of Australia’s biggest singing stars including Wes Carr (winner of Australian Idol), Erica Packer, Lanie Lane (2011 Triple J artist and 2012 four- time Aria Award nominee), Ben Gillies (Silverchair), and Kate Akhurst (co-writer of hits on Ricki Lee’s 2012 album).

Yvette’s success is highly regarded and attributed to her unique approach to singing teaching, with breathing technique, stable sound projection with a strong focus on musicality, pitch, diction, phrasing and development of a large repertoire of music to a high-performance standard.