NYJC’s Ambassadors Scheme

The National Youth Jazz Collective’s Ambassador jazz educators training scheme, offers a year long part-time training programme for young educators, led by the Collective’s team of highly acclaimed professional tutors. Thanks to funding from the Fenton Arts Trust, NYJC can offer the Ambassadors Scheme to  successful candidates free of charge, also offering travel bursaries for those based outside London. Places are offered after a selection process of application form and short interview. Because of the age range of NYJC’s membership all Ambassadors will need to be DBS checked before they can enroll on the scheme.


 “The Ambassador Scheme offers a true apprenticeship in leading small jazz ensembles.”

“ It was an incredibly worthwhile project to be included in straight out of college”.

“I have always been interested in teaching so it has been great to observe the good practice happening at NYJC.”

“The NYJC Ambassadors scheme gave me a brilliant opportunity to not only observe jazz education being delivered by some of the best tutors in the country, but also to gain valuable hands on experience of doing it myself with direct feedback from the lead tutors.”

The scheme uses a mixture of seminars, workshop observation, development days and hands-on experience of teaching young people to develop recent graduates into jazz educators. Areas covered include:

  • Generation of effective lesson plans
  • Task analysis
  • Leading small-group improvisation
  • Team leading workshops
  • Delivering Professional Development sessions and INSET days

 “Observing the experienced teachers up close also gave me a feel for both the materials and structures NYJC uses, and equally importantly, the considered approaches needed for working with a group of diverse young people”.

“The scheme has equipped me with the tools to be able to effectively lead ensembles.”

 “The skills and confidence that I picked up will continue to inform my educational work well into the future.”

“I’m so pleased to be involved with NYJC – it’s a great privilege to have been asked.”

The 2013-14 Ambassador Scheme is currently full. If you would be interested in registering for information on the 2014-15 scheme, please email with “Ambassadors scheme 2014-15”  in the subject header.

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