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training programme for young educators

Ambassador 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.

An inspirational and unique professional development scheme for early careers musicians interested in leading a wide range of “creative music” (improvisation and composition) projects for young people (aged 8-18).

Founded in 2013 and regularly supported by the Fenton Arts Trust, the Ambassadors scheme is led by NYJC’s multi-award winning Artistic Director, Issie Barratt, supported by a diverse team of highly acclaimed professional musicians, expert in leading creative music projects for all ages and levels of ability.

Fenton Arts Trust

Are you interested in joining the NYJC Ambassador Scheme?

Places are offered from a selection process comprising an application form, short interview and completion of a DBS check. All places are free.

Many of the Ambassadors Scheme’s 36 graduates are now regularly supporting NYJC regional and national programme of work.

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

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

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”

NYJC’s 2020 Ambassadors Scheme in partnership with the University of Birmingham is currently working with 8 recent music-graduates (based in the East and West Midlands), four of whom are NYJC alumni who went on to study jazz at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and focuses on working with NYJC newly establishing East Midland Creative Hub in partnership with a number of the region’s leading music venues and music education providers, all of whom are looking to widen their pool of local creative music leaders

university of birmingham

The Ambassador Scheme offers a true apprenticeship in leading small group creative music making.”

We look forward to rolling out the initiative and working with future Ambassadors in other regions, as we gradually establish more creative hubs in other areas of England.

A brilliant opportunity to not only observe creative music workshops led 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”

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

The scheme has equipped me with the tools to be able to effectively lead ‘creative music’ ensembles”

Are you interested in joining the NYJC Amabassador Scheme?