Julie Spithill-Evans was classically trained at the NSW Conservatorium of Music (DSCM) and holds degrees in Music and Education, and a Masters Degree in Music Education.


Following advanced studies overseas, Julie returned to Australia to take up a position at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music Jazz Department and has also taught for many years in the Open Academy program developing the Piano for Beginners, a Jazz course and Fundamentals.


Julie has been an active participant in and the coordinator of numerous clinics and workshops on various aspects of aural perception and performance repertoire and styles. She has been a guest lecturer at the International Conference of Jazz Educators and the Australian Society for Music Education and adjudicates at music festivals within Australia and internationally.


In 2014 Julie joined AMEB NSW as an examiner for Piano. has published a co-authored book on the 100-year history of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW and has written numerous workbooks on intervals, chords, rhythmic development and teaching books for children.

In 2017 Julie was repertoire, pedagogical and syllabus advisor for Piano for Leisure 4, grades Preliminary - 8 and in 2018 was involved in the production of the AMEB Piano Series 18.



This workshop is adaptable to all instruments including voice and will provide you with ideas and techniques for using the musical language you already know such as intervals, scales, chords and rhythm to enable you to confidently ‘jazz it up’. Classical musicians would say “some musicians in our chamber ensemble are coming to a rehearsal to try out their technical abilities on a contemporary composition that has some interesting ostinato phrases”, while jazz musicians might say, “some cats in our combo are coming to a jam session to try out their chops on a happening chart that has some cool riffs.”.

Topics covered in this session include modes and how to use them, chords and extensions, chord progressions, analyzing a jazz lead sheet and basic improvisation techniques.