Free in-person sessions in schools


We realise that there is a decline in young people playing woodwind and brass in schools. To address this, we will work with schools to identify groups of 10 young people who would benefit from learning a musical instrument, but currently do not have access to an instrument or lessons. We will give the 10 students an instrument (from our alto saxophones, trumpets, tubas, and flutes available), if they commit to weekly lessons and individual practice. Students who are taking part in this project will own the instrument for as long as they are practicing and playing it, and NYJO will support their musical journey through weekly small group instrument lessons, after school or during lunchtime.

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in finding out more.

About NYJO

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire audiences across the UK, through engaging participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra to a multifaceted organisation that is committed to supporting and developing musicians of all styles and standards. Whether you want to become the next emerging artist or simply play for fun – we’re here for it.

The NYJO Learning programme nurtures young musicians through high-quality workshops, courses and performance opportunities. We value access, inclusivity and progress at all levels and believe in the power of musical participation as a tool for personal growth. We run weekly workshops at our home at Woolwich Works, an arts venue in South East London, and work around the country with Music Services, Hubs, and Schools to widen access to music education opportunities across the UK.

Contact details

Vikki Maudave | Head of Learning | [email protected]