Melbourne Music Teachers

Jacqueline Gawler

Jacqueline Gawler


Singing Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: BA Hons
  • Pricing: $80/hour, $70 conc or $50/40 mins for primary/secondary students
  • Suitability: Beginners to advanced, primary/secondary/tertiary to adult


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 performs and is a special guest singer/percussionist with a multitude of high calibre Australian and international ensembles, including the Jacqueline Gawler Band, Coco’s Lunch, Stoneflower, Christopher Hale’s Sylvan Coda, Panorama Brasil feat. Doug De Vries, The Picture Box Orchestra (UK/Pakistan/Australia), Sam Keevers’ América Do Sul, Bossa Negra (Brazil/Singapore/Australia), Silverbeat, Avatar, Red Fish Blue (Syd/Melb), the John Montesante Quintet & award-winning writer, musician & radio broadcaster Casey Bennetto.

Jacqueline is however most known for her work as a longstanding singer/composer/percussionist with multi award-winning vocal quintet Coco’s Lunch, with whom she has toured throughout 12 countries to high profile festivals & venues. In 2015 Coco’s Lunch received 8 nominations in the Australian A Cappella Awards, including Best Female Solo & Best Song Composed for Gawler’s composition and solo on her song Palani Princess. Coco’s Lunch won Best Song Composed for their brand new single Other Plans by Lisa Young. The group’s original albums have been nominated for AUSACA, CARA, ARIA, APRA and Australian World Music Awards and in 2003 Coco’s Lunch won Best Folk/World Song and Runner Up Best Folk/Word Album at the USA Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Jacqueline’s piece for Coco’s Lunch On My Skin was performed by Stephen Leek’s Australian Voices and also featured on the ‘GET VOCAL 2012: The Best Of Contemporary Australian A Cappella’ CD – released on major US record label A Cappella Records. Her Coco’s Lunch song Palani Princess was also chosen to feature on the Polyfollia 4th World Choral Showcase compilation album in FRANCE in 2010.

Teaching Info

Jacqueline is passionate about teaching people to find their authentic sound and connection to singing. She incorporates a holistic and intuitive approach to developing the individual voice, building confidence, correcting posture and identifying physical & emotional blocks that restrict the voice. While she specialises in jazz and Brazilian repertoire and improvisation, she also works with students in their desired genre to help release the potential of the voice. Jacqueline assists students to implement correct techniques in order to facilitate a clean, efficient vocal sound, avoid injury, increase production, improve pitch and clarity, and navigate different sounds and styles. She also teaches improvisation techniques and how to free up creativity through singing. Having trained as a classical pianist through her childhood and with a multi-instrumental background, Jacqueline can also assist with song writing, theory, piano skills, performance techniques and performance psychology.

Jacqueline is a sessional tutor and assessor at Monash University, Melbourne Polytechnic and Victorian College of the Arts, and has been a vocal tutor at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, RMIT and many other secondary & tertiary institutions, as well as privately by appointment.

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