Monday, May 1, 2017

NYJO Academy Mentor Scheme


The NYJO Academy mentor scheme offers hands-on practical experience for emerging jazz musicians to work in an education setting, alongside our experienced team of Musical Directors.  Mentors will receive training throughout the project and have the opportunity to support the delivery of NYJO Academy ensembles, working with talented young musicians aged 8 upwards.  The programme offers an opportunity to gain real experience from observing and being guided by experienced music leaders in a supportive and safe environment.  The scheme is for fantastically creative jazz musicians who are looking to develop their skills as music workshop leaders and equip themselves with the skills necessary to become a 21st century jazz musician.

What does the scheme involve?

Between January and July 2017, mentors will:

  • Attend NYJO Academy rehearsals at least once a fortnight during term time and support our Musical Directors in leading the ensembles
  • Take part in NYJO Academy performances and jam sessions
  • Receive mentoring support throughout the year from experienced music leaders
  • Reflect on their own development and work
  • Attend training led by leading jazz educators such as Mark Armstrong and Pete Letanka
  • Receive up-to-date training on Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • Be offered additional opportunities to co-facilitate NYJO Education projects around the country as a NYJO Ambassador

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for trainee music leaders who are:

  • Passionate about jazz education
  • Experienced performers who are ambitious about communicating their skills to young musicians
  • Well organised and reliable
  • Engaging
  • Committed to working with a wide range of young people

Ideally, applicants can demonstrate:

  • Exceptional musical skills (studying for/achieved undergraduate or equivalent level)
  • Potential to be a passionate and creative educator
  • Some previous experience of music teaching

NYJO is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


To support mentors’ time whilst taking part in the scheme we offer a bursary of £500, paid in two instalments at the beginning of each term.  Taking part in additional NYJO education projects as a NYJO Ambassador will be paid at an additional rate.

Please download an application form here and return to by Monday 14th November 2016.

Click here to find out more about the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the NYJO Academy

Before applying you’d be very welcome to attend a NYJO Academy session to find out more and meet our team.  To find out about this, or if you have any questions, please contact Claire Furlong, Learning & Participation Manager on 020 749 41733 or .