School of Arts

Neil Joseph Gonsalves

  • Details

  • Position Lecturer;
  • Discipline Music;
  • CampusHoward College Campus
  • Office AddressCentre for Jazz and Popular Music

Degrees Held

  • BMus (UND)
  • MMus (UND)

Research Interests

  • The sound in my head, the beat in my feet, and the inherent connectedness of it all to the world around me.

Teaching Interests

  • Performance, improvisation and composition in the areas of jazz, popular and world music
  • Jazz piano and pedagogy
  • History of Jazz and Popular Music and Music Appreciation

Publications and Creative Output

Community Involvement

  • Director for the Centre of Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) and coordinator the concert programme (seeking to expand and grow the audience for jazz)
  • Coordinator of the outreach efforts of the CJPM to local schools
  • Designer of a calendar of events to align with Jazz Appreciation month and International Jazz day
  • Fund-raiser for the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship through a series of instrumental showcases featuring jazz and popular music students, staff and alumni and hosts the Annual Jazz Jol
  • Coordinator of the UKZN jazz student participation at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown

Teaching Expertise

  • Jazz performance, improvisation, composition, history, theory, ear training
  • Jazz piano and accompaniment

Student Supervision

  • Supervised and co-supervised Honours and Masters students in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance