Welcome to the NYJO VIRTUAL ACADEMY! As an invited member, you will have full access to a selection of resources specifically designed to help you practise, perform and improve from wherever you are.
As always, our mission is to inspire, educate and bring people together – so let’s enjoy doing that in some new and exciting ways!
The NYJO ‘Minus One’ project has been specifically designed to keep band-based education at the forefront of our offering. Here you’ll find a selection of interactive tracks drawn from NYJO’s extensive library of recorded music.
Suitable for grades 6-8, this new interactive experience provides a challenging but rewarding exercise for committed learners to use in their current practise sessions. Each instrumentalist that falls within NYJO’s standard line-up can now recreate playing in an ensemble setting from their own home, whenever they like.
No matter where you are, you’ll be able to simulate the feeling of joining a real-life NYJO rehearsal session and continue to develop all of the skills unique to playing in a band.
You will need to download the backing tracks and upload into the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of your choice. You will then be able to mute your instrument and perfect your part over time. You can find a list of free DAW’s currently available here.
Our Suggestions for those unfamiliar with DAW’s is to familiarise yourself with either of these free offerings:
Suitable for all aspiring jazz musicians, this exclusive video series will deliver comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks, brought to you by some of our leading Associate Educators from around the country.
Each episode will also include additional resources to guide and support viewers throughout the learning process.
From comping and soloing to specific skills associated with ensemble-playing for multiple instruments (including vocals), we thought it was important this series seeks to address a range of topics with every instalment.
If there’s something you’d like us to cover, send us a message and we’ll pass your comments onto the team!
Here you’ll find some charts and backing tracks to accompany the ‘Jazz Tunes You Should Know’ playlists, available for YouTube and Spotify.
These can be used by any student looking to improve their ability to harmonise and improvise, whilst familiarising themselves with era-defining jazz compositions.
If you would prefer to listen along via Spotify, you can find the same playlists here:
Each performance included should take you on an important journey of learning and appreciation (no matter how many times you’ve heard it before!).
To get the most out of the experience, ensure that you take note of how each performer approaches the tune in question. Study and observe all aspect of their individual approaches to playing their chosen instrument. What makes them unique?
This application is much closer to the way people learned back in the day rather than relying on notation; so take the things that resonate with you for whatever reason and use them to influence your next practise sessions.
This will only serve to make you a more responsive, thoughtful musician over time.
Below you’ll find some additional links to public domain big band parts, which the NYJO MD team has matched to online recordings.
This comprehensive list will allow everyone to practise and play along to a real live big band. These pieces range in style and difficulty and feature links to the original recordings allowing you to study the phrasing, articulation and time of the band.
As with the NYJO Minus One tracks, gradual practise is recommended before attempting to play along with an entire recording. In doing so, you should be able to gain real insight into the heart of the big band tradition and the styles that make up its musical foundations.
Whether you prefer to download and print, or just display the chart on a device of your choosing, we advise that you use the associated playlists to provide you with some guidance.
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