Greg Jansen is a seasoned kit drummer who has studied jazz performance at both the Wellington Conservatorium in his native New Zealand, and at the Queensland Conservatorium. After moving to Australia, he spent time teaching and performing in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, before moving to Darwin in 2009.
Greg performs in several bands and ensembles across Darwin and is a regular performer at major events such as the Darwin Festival, where he has also performed with visiting interstate and overseas artists.
Following on from his Bachelor of Music from Queensland Conservatorium, Greg completed a post-graduate teaching degree, and since 2009 has led the percussion program at the NT Music School. Greg’s passion for music teaching extends not only to his students but to working with music and generalist teachers across the whole of the Northern Territory to develop skills and engagement with music programs using tuned and un-tuned percussion.
In 2018, he was recognised by the Professional Teacher’s Association for contributions to the teaching profession in the NT and is regularly asked to present at workshops and education conferences.
Greg Jansen’s 2017 Churchill Fellowship gave him the opportunity to travel to the USA to study with a number of renowned drumkit teachers, notably Ed Soph, Gary Chaffee and Bill Bachman. He continues to be a strong advocate for continued professional development, and since returning home he has continued to study with both Gary Chaffee and Bill Bachman via Skype.
Greg continues to incorporate this ongoing study into the NT Music School percussion syllabus and percussion programming for the benefit of students of all ages across the Northern Territory.
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