NYOS Ambassador Programme

21.01.2022

Introduction

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) recognises the challenges many young people face in building a career in the music industry, and the need for paid work experience and training opportunities. That’s why we have created 18 Ambassador roles to provide a structured programme of training and work experience suitable for young people aged up to, and including, 25 years old.

NYOS has appointed 6 Jazz Project Ambassadors to support the delivery of our outreach work in local authority schools in Glasgow over the next 10 weeks. 

The Jazz Project Ambassadors will work with teachers and instrumental tutors in Bannerman High School, St Andrews Secondary and Hillhead High School in Glasgow to deliver a 10-week programme of jazz-based project work to pupils. The Ambassador team will be supported by the local authority teachers, as well as receiving direction from NYOS Jazz staff. As the project develops, the Ambassadors will become more involved in developing the project delivery and responding to the needs of the participants. Below you will find weekly updates from our Jazz Project Ambassadors including images, videos and blog posts. Enjoy!

Jazz Project Ambassadors:

From left to right:

Chun-Wei Kang, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire

David Flanagan, Orkney (Project Coordinator)

Rachel Tait, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire

Jack Cruttenden, East Kilbride

Matt Carmichael, Glasgow

Amelia MacPherson, Glasgow

 

Phase 2 - WEEK FOUR, 17 - 21 Jan

And we are back! Welcome everyone to a new year and the beginning of our next phase.
We hit the ground running this week, meeting new students, starting new charts and getting stuck into modal improv and free jazz – yes!

For those pupils working with us last year, well done jumping back in! We were glad to see how much you remembered - especially the Chameleon melody!

This week we also got everyone to improvise, it was brilliant to see all the students give it a go. A challenge for next week? A full chorus to your favourite tune!

See you next week!

 

WEEK THREE

This week was the last before the Christmas break, we’ve had such a brilliant time these past 3 weeks meeting the students and getting stuck in rhythm, melody and improv. 

We revisited Sonnymoon for Two and started a new chart - Chameleon – for them to work over the festive break. It’s been great to see all the students develop their improv playing and becoming more confident playing new music out of their comfort zones. Well done everyone! 

Have a lovely break, see you on 17 January 2022!

WEEK TWO

It was great to be back at the schools for week 2. This week was all about finding the groove, playing as a group, and giving improv a go! A good recap of C Jam blues and got stuck into Sonnymoon for Two.  

We know it can sometimes be a bit nerve wracking at first to solo, but the students got started by playing a simple rhythm on a couple of notes, took turns leading on some call & responses, and then for those who wanted to try gave a few bars improv a real go! Well done everyone!!

It is always amazing to see the growth in confidence, we’re looking forward to what we’ll cover next week! Have a fantastic weekend everybody!

WEEK ONE 

Wow! What a great week and fantastic start to the 10-week Jazz Ambassador Schools Project. We’ve had so much fun meeting all the students, and we’re really looking forward to being back next week.

This week we started with a fun introduction to rhythm and melody, it’s never too early to learn about the pentatonic scale! We also spent time watching Oscar Petersons C Jam Blues.

Next up is exploring playing in a group, and maybe, a touch of improv… let’s go!