We are pleased to announce the NYJO Academy Mentor Scheme is back for its 3rd year, with applications now open!

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 9-21.

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.

NYJO Academy Mentor Scheme

(Chelsea Carmichael: Mentor 2017/18)

 What does the scheme involve?

Between January and July 2019, mentors will:

  • Attend the NYJO Academy fortnightly to support the delivery of the Academy ensembles alongside our Musical Directors
  • Plan and deliver an entire Academy rehearsal, teaching harmony, aural skills and improvisation technique.
  • Lead a NYJO Academy performance
  • Perform in and facilitate a NYJO Jazz Jam.
  • Receive mentoring support throughout the year from experienced music leaders with a focus on reflecting on your development and work.
  • Attend training led by leading jazz educators such as Mark Armstrong
  • Attend main band masterclasses
  • 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?

Trainee music leaders who are:

  • Passionate about jazz education
  • Experienced performers who are ambitious about working with and communicating their skills to young musicians
  • Well organised and reliable
  • Engaging
  • Available on Saturday morning and afternoons.
  • 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 four instalments, at the beginning and end of each term.  Costs involved in any additional NYJO education projects as a NYJO Ambassador will be paid at an additional rate.


How to Apply


Applications are now closed for the 2019 cohort of NYJO Mentors. Please stay tuned for thr 2020 NYJO Mentors scheme, which will be advertised in late 2019.

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 Nicole Vardon, Learning & Participation Coordinator on 020 748 41733 or nicole@nyjo.org.uk