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Dr Matthew Styles

Lecturer- Contemporary Music

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6065, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2111
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6065
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2111  


Matt is the coordinator of Bachelor of Music Honours, head of cross-genre saxophone studies and Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


Dr. Matt Styles has built a local and international career as a classical, jazz and ‘cross-over’ saxophonist, performing and teaching in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. With more than 25 years teaching at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, Matt specializes in the interpretation,  pedagogy and performance of classical, jazz and multi-genre or ‘cross-over’ works. The Western Australian, Singapore & Tasmanian Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s also utilize Matthew as their principal saxophonist.

In 2004 Matthew received a Churchill  Fellowship focusing on jazz and classical pedagogical and performance studies with Dr Otis Murphy and Dr Tom Walsh, Dr. Eugene Rousseau. Currently Dr Styles is Head of Classical and cross-genre saxophone department, leads 4th year Contemporary ensembles (Popular music. RnB, Soul  and Fusion music), teaches Contemporary Music research, is Head of the Honours in Music program and supervises Honours, Master’s and Doctoral students.

In 2008, Styles completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at UWA discussing Schuller’s idea of Third Stream Music and the cross-genre works of Mark-Anthony Turnage. He has presenting his findings throughout Australia and Asia and more recently, has been investigating a holistic approach to saxophone  injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Awards and recognition

National and International awards

  • 2004 Churchill Fellowship

Research ares and interests

Dr Styles has research interests in cross-genre saxophone pedagogy, performance and interpretation techniques, as well as Third Stream Music categorisation and saxophone injury rehabilitation and prevention.


  • Bachelor of Music with Second Class Honours, The University of Western Australia.
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, The University of Western Australia, 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Saxology: recasting third stream music for the saxophone ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $23,560.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Trezona, J., Styles, M., (2015), Converging Paths: Classical Articulation Study and the Jazz Saxophonist. Jazz Perspectives, 8(3), 259-280, Oxon, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/17494060.2015.1089580.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Styles, M., (2018), Shanghai American School Middel School Composition Project - Family Mart. Shanghai American School Middel School Composition Project, Shanghai American School, Shangai, Matt Styles.
  • Styles, M., (2017), One for saxophone and CD. One, Astute Music paper publication, Astute Music.
  • Styles, M., (2019), Seasons of Life. Season of Life, Churchlands Senior High School Concert Hall, Western Australian Wind Orchestra.
  • Styles, M., (2018), Best of Bernstein. Best of Bernstein, Pete Concert Hall, West Aust Symphony Orchestra and ABC Classic FM.
  • Styles, M., (2018), Tenacity. Tenacity, Tallis Room, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music , Melbourne International Saxophone Festival.
  • Styles, M., (2016), Nemesis. Pipe Organ Plus: Nemesis, St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle , Pipe Organ Plus.
  • Styles, M., (2016), Adaptation of Symphonic Orchestral Performance Practices for the saxophone. Various events with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dewan Filharmonik, Malaysia, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Styles, M., (2015), WASO: Ravel's Bolero - Saxophone. Classics 8: Bolero, Perth Concert Hall, WASO.
  • Styles, M., (2015), Mix't Trio - Cappuccino Concerts. Mix't: Cappuccino Concerts: Home by 11, Peppermint Grove Library, Cappuccino Concerts.
  • Styles, M., (2017), Saxology; Home by 11. Saxology; Home by 11, ABC Studios, ABC Classical FM.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Self-accompaniment and improvisation in solo jazz piano: Practice-led investigations of assimilation, ostinatos and 'hand splitting'
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The composer as bricoleur: Notions of contemporary opera in the genesis of a short film
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The application of konokol to guitar improvisation and composition
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Towards interaction: Combining jazz techniques and idiomatic writing for varied ensembles. A collection of musical works -and- an exegesis
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Phantoms, an original jazz trio studio recording -and- dispelling phantoms: An Australian bassist exploring assumptions of jazz practice, an exegesis
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