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Associate Professor Jonathan Paget

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6404, Mobile: 0403 692 222, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.207
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 6404
Mobile: 0403 692 222
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.207  


Jonathan is the Associate Dean (Research) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


Jonathan Paget is the Associate Dean of Research at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He is an Associate Professor in Classical Music, supervises numerous student research projects, and has taught extensively into music history and musicological research training.

One of Australia’s most successful guitarists, he also heads up the successful classical guitar program and remains active as a performing musician, with recent projects including the Silver Sands Guitar Trio and solo explorations of the early 19C guitar on period instrument.

As a solo classical guitarist, Paget has performed throughout Australia and the USA. He has performed with leading musicians such as Slava Grigoryan and Pavarotti, and has appeared as an artist at numerous festivals, including the Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Australian Festival Baroque, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival, among others. He has been a prize winner in the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition, and has taken first place in numerous competitions including the Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition, the Australian Guitar Competition, and the Rantucci Guitar Competition.

Paget’s performances continue to garner stunning reviews, being described as “subtle, intimate artistry” [The West Australian], “a fine musician with brilliant technique” [Soundboard], “up there with some of the best” [Classical Guitar], and having “near-peerless command of the instrument” [The West Australian]. Paget has performed extensively on Australian radio, and his recordings include two solo guitar discs: Kaleidoscope, a celebration of the guitar’s multicultural horizon, and Midsummer’s Night, released on the Melbourne-based Move Records label. A magical selection of works by Walton, Barrios, and Sculthorpe, this disc has received extensive radio play on ABC Classic FM.

Paget has been a recipient of numerous prestigious academic scholarships and awards, including the Beazley Medal (for the highest tertiary entrance score in Western Australia), the JA Wood Prize (for the dux of five faculties at the University of Western Australia), a Fulbright Postgraduate Award, and a Hackett Studentship. The latter two scholarships enabled Paget to complete higher qualifications in the United States. Studying at the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York with the esteemed guitarist and pedagogue Dr Nicholas Goluses, he completed the Master of Music (guitar performance and literature), the Master of Arts (music theory pedagogy), and the Doctorate of Musical Arts (guitar performance and literature), which included research centring on the guitar music of Peter Sculthorpe.

Paget continues to pursue research interests in multiple areas, including Australian music, music for guitar and plucked strings, historical performance practices on theorbo and 19th century guitar, and music theory pedagogy. He is an active leader in professional and community associations, including the Classical Guitar Society of Western Australia, the WA Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association, and the WA Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia.

Professional associations

  • Classical Guitar Society of Western Australia, Inc. (President)
  • Guitar Foundation of America (Member)
  • Fulbright Alumni Association (WA Chapter) (Committee Member)
  • Musicological Society of Australia (WA Chapter) (President)

Awards and recognition

National and International awards

  • 1997 - Fulbright Postgraduate Award
  • 1998 - 2001 - Hackett Studentship


  • 1997 - Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition (1st Prize)
  • 1999 - Rantucci International Guitar Competition (1st Prize)
  • 1999 - Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition (4th Prize)
  • 1995 - Jose Ramirez Australian Guitar Competition (1st Prize)

Research areas and interests

Australian music, music for guitar and plucked instruments, historical performance practices on theorbo and 19th century guitar, music theory pedagogy.


  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2006.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, United States of America, 2003.
  • Master of Arts, United States of America, 2002.
  • Master of Music, United States of America, 1998.
  • Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, The University of Western Australia, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • External grant application support - ARC LIEF,  Edith Cowan University,  WAAPA grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $1,735.
  • The Western Australia New Music Archive: 1970 - Today: Accessing, Remembering, Performing,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $87,800.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Conference Publications

  • Paget, J., (2017), Recent Sonata Theory and the performance of Early Nineteenth-Century Guitar Sonatas. Proceedings of the 2015 WA Chapter MSA Symposium on Music Performance and Analysis, 105-121, Perth, Australia, Western Australian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia.
  • Yeo, A., Paget, J., (2017), A Longitudinal Study of Performance Practices in Recordings of Bach's Violin Sonata BWV1003. Proceedings of the 2015 WA Chapter MSA Symposium on Music Performance Analysis, 24-39, Perth, Australia, Western Australian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia.
  • Paget, J., (2015), Musical Exchange and Soft Power: The Potential Benefits and Risks. Proceedings of the 2013 Fulbright Symposium: Soft Power, Smart Power: the Multiplier Effect of Educational and Cultural Exchange, 59-62, Canberra, Australia, The Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Paget, J., Cesarczyk, P., (2019), Forgotten Florestans: Leveraging Exegetical Analysis & HIP Knowledge in Romantic Guitar Works. Unsung Eusebius; Forgotten Florestan, St Patrick’s Anglican Church, Mt Lawley; Mahidol University, Bangkok; Richard Gill Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts.
  • Paget, J., (2018), Guitaromanie: Vivifying Rare 19th Century Guitar Works. Guitaromanie; Music from the Heroic to the Sentimental, Melba Hall, Parkville (University of Melbourne); Ian Hanger Recital Hall (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane); North Perth Lesser Town Hall (Perth)., Jonathan Paget.
  • Paget, J., Lake, C., Fischer, N., (2017), Playing the Landscape: Australian Minimalism for 3+ Guitars., Guitarissimio Series (Adelaide); Perth Town Hall/Perth Winter Arts Festival; Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Malaysia); Sonata Music (Art Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia);.
  • Paget, J., Lake, C., Fischer, N., (2017), Recreating Guitar Brazilliance., Music Auditorium (WAAPA); Guitarissimo Series/Wayville Concerts (Adelaide); Perth Town Hall (Perth Winter Arts Festival); Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (MPO Happy Hour Chamber Series, Malaysia); Sonata Music (Art Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia) .
  • Paget, J., (2016), The Application of Sonata Theory to the Performance of the Bel Canto Guitar. Various: Guitarre: A Twilight Concert of Romantic Guitar Music; Playmakers: Home Played Two: Sunset Guitar Classics at the Rocks; Classical Guitar Society Orchestra in Concert with Special Guest Artist Jonathan Paget on 19th Century Guitar, Perth International Arts Festival Great Southern, The Rocks, Albany.
  • Paget, J., (2016), Goes with the Territory: Australian Guitar Music. Goes with the Territory, University of Technology Mara; Residency of the Australian High Commission, Malaysia.
  • Paget, J., Smith, S., (2015), Rediscovering Bel Canto Gems for Piano and Guitar. Grove Classics 2015: A Viennese Bouquet, The Grove Library Building, Peppermint Grove, Cappucino Concerts.
  • Paget, J., (2015), Sensationalism and the ‘Other’ in the Bel Canto Guitar. La Guitaromanie, Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts; and also Carine Senior High School Performing Arts Centre, WA Academy of Performing Arts; and Classical Guitar Society of WA.
  • Paget, J., (2015), Dowland's A Musical Banquet - Director. Dowland's A Musical Banquet, Chapel, John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, Mirrabooka, WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Ronald stevenson, composer-pianist: An exegetical critique from a pianistic perspective.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A digital resource for navigating extended techniques on bass clarinet
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Bridging the great divide: An exploration of postmodernism in the guitar music of nigel westlake
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The viola works of benjamin dale: A contextual study. Two lecture-recitals -and- an exegesis
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  A contextual study of boris asafiev's musical form as a process and an application of concepts to his sonata for solo viola
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Pier francesco valentini's II leuto anatomizzato (c.1650): A translation and commentary investigating transposition, intabulation, and other aspects of Roman lute practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Vital performance: Culture, worldview, and romanticist performance practice with application in franz liszt's consolations and annees de pelerinage premiere annee
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Towards a declamatory performance in Schubert lieder
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Uncovering the unpublished chamber music of george frederick boyle
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Performance practice in hungarian folk music and its relationship to the style hongrois

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Beyond the wall. An opera for children in 2 acts. -and- toward a more engaging operatic genre for children. an exegesis.
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