Melbourne Music Teachers

Jacqueline Gawler

Jacqueline Gawler

Heidelberg West VIC, Australia

Singing Lessons | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: BA Hons (Languages), Estill Voice Training Levels 1 and 2, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116.
  • Pricing: $100 / $90 (conc) - 45 min lesson
  • Styles: Jazz, Improvisation, Brazilian, Singer/Songwriter
  • Suitability: Intermediate to Advanced only - for tertiary & adult students wishing to specialise in Jazz, Improvisation and Brazilian music


Melbourne singer-songwriter Jacqueline Gawler is a modern musician drawing deeply from the world around her. Her original songs are sophisticated and earthy, saturated with the sounds of her vast experience as a world citizen musician: rich jazz harmony and Brazilian rhythm, playful poetry and rock n’ roll persuasion, folky wisdom and refined craft. Jacqueline’s voice is warm and agile, her energy abundant and her music irresistible.

‘Effortlessly fluid vocals….’ Jessica Nicholas, The Age

Jacqueline is highly regarded as a regular performer and special guest singer/percussionist with a multitude of high calibre Australian and international ensembles, including the Jacqueline Gawler’s América do Sul, Coco’s Lunch, Stoneflower, Christopher Hale’s Sylvan Coda, Panorama Brasil feat. Doug De Vries, The Picture Box Orchestra (UK/Pakistan/Australia), Bossa Negra (Brazil/Singapore/Australia), Silverbeat, Avatar, Red Fish Blue (Syd/Melb), the JMQ Jazz Ensemble and Danilo Rojas (Bolivia/Australia).

In 2009 Jacqueline sealed her passion for Brazilian music by traveling to Brazil to record a pop album with some of Rio de Janeiro’s most acclaimed musicians, as well as recording a duet in English & Portuguese with Brazilian pop star Jorge Vercilo. She returned to Rio De Janeiro in 2011 for a 6 month stint to study Portuguese, launch her album Ambrosia with some of Rio De Janeiro’s finest musicians, film the music clip for Sahara Nights, and immerse herself in the local culture and music. She also collaborated with Brazilian singer/songwriter and The Voice Brasil finalist Paulo Loureiro to write lyrics for his new album, as well as writing her own Brazil-inspired material.

She is most known however for her work as a longstanding singer/composer/percussionist with iconic, multi award-winning vocal group Coco’s Lunch, with whom she has released 8 acclaimed albums and toured all over the world for the past 20 years.

Teaching Info

Jacqueline is passionate about teaching people to find their authentic sound and connection to singing. She specialises in Jazz, Improvisation and Brazilian repertoire (in particular bossa nova) and coaches students in Portuguese pronunciation. As a teacher of Pop and Jazz Voice at Monash University, she also works with students to implement healthy vocal techniques in order to facilitate a clean efficient sound, avoid injury, increase production, improve pitch and clarity, and navigate different sounds and vocal recipes. Having trained as a classical pianist through her childhood and with a multi-instrumental background, Jacqueline can also assist with song-writing, theory, aural, piano skills, performance techniques and performance psychology.

Jacqueline is currently a Teaching Associate in Jazz & Popular Studies at Monash University, and has also tutored, auditioned and adjudicated for many of Melbourne’s top institutions, organisations and competitions including Melbourne Polytechnic, Collarts, Monash University, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), RMIT, the Australian Academy of Harmony (AAH), Generations In Jazz (GIJ) and the All-State Jazz Championships.

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