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Dr Jonathan Paget

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6404, Mobile: 0403 692 222, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.218
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6404
Mobile: 0403 692 222
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.218  


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


A Fulbright and Hackett scholar, Paget completed masters and doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music (USA). An acclaimed performer on the classical guitar, he has won first prize in several national and international competitions and has appeared at significant festivals such as the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Australian Festival Baroque, and the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. He has released two solo CDs: Kaleidoscope, and Midsummer’s Night. Reviews have cited his “subtle, intimate artistry” [The West Australian], “brilliant technique” [Soundboard, USA], “up there with some of the best” [Classical Guitar, UK].

Professional associations

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

Awards and recognition

National and International awards

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

Creative awards

  • 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 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)

Journal Articles

  • Paget, J., (2013), Has Sculthorpe misappropriated indigenous melodies?. Musicology Australia, 35(1), 86-111, Australia, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/08145857.2013.761101.

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.
  • Paget, J., Smith, S., (2013), Keys from the past: Unlocking the power of eighteenth-century contrapuntal pedagogies. re-Visions: Proceedings of the New Zealand Musicological Society and the Musicological Society of Australia Joint Conference, 1(2-4 December 2010), 18-30, Dunedin, New Zealand, New Zealand Music Industry Centre.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • 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., 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., (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., (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., 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., (2014), A Treasury of the Bel Canto Guitar. Staff Showcase II; A Treasury of the Bel Canto Guitar; WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival, WAAPA Music Auditorium; Performing Arts Centre, Carine High School.
  • Paget, J., (2013), Viva La Guitarra: A Latin Celebration. Viva La Guitarra: A Latin Celebration, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Paget, J., (2013), Guitar Horizons Revisited. Guitar Horizons: New Works for Guitar, Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery, ECU, WAAPA.
  • Paget, J., (2013), A Musical History of the Guitar in Song. A Musical History of the Guitar in Song, Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery, ECU.
  • Paget, J., (2013), The Lyrical Guitar. Collection Chamber Music Concerts, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth, Cappuccino Concerts.
  • Paget, J., (2013), Romancero de la Guitarra. Grove Classics 2013 Concert Series, The Grove Library, Peppermint Grove, Cappuccino Concerts.
  • Paget, J., Blades, M., (2013), The Lyrical Guitar. Collection Chamber Series, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth, Cappuccino Concerts.
  • Paget, J., Blades, M., (2013), Dream Travels. Classical Tuesdays, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Paget, J., (2013), In Stillness and Silence. In Stillness and Silence, Trinity Uniting Church, Perth.
  • 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.
  • Paget, J., (2014), A History of English Guitar Song. Guitar in Song: Student Showcase: Guitar and Voice, St Pauls Church Menora; WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • Paget, J., (2014), Into the Dreaming: Australian Guitar Music. Into the Dreaming, Classical Tuesdays and WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival, WAAPA Music Auditorium & Carine Senior High School Performing Arts Centre.
  • Paget, J., (2013), Kaleidoscope: The Cultural Diversity of the Guitar. Kaleidoscope: The Cultural Diversity of the Guitar, Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery (ECU, Mount Lawley).

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
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Uncovering The Unpublished Chamber Music Of George Frederick Boyle
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