NYJO Academy South-East. What is it?


We are proud to host the NYJO Academy South-East here in Deal, in a dynamic partnership between the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Deal Music & Arts.  This brings the very best in jazz education to our corner of the country, fostering and nurturing new talent.

The Academy provides regular opportunities for young musicians in the region to learn about all aspects of jazz performance. Workshop days are held during school holidays and the sessions focus on such elements as small jazz ensemble skills, improvisation, harmony and ear training, group composition and ensemble leadership skills. As the academy gathers size and momentum, there are also plans to introduce a big band ensemble for some of the more experienced players.

Using a mainly repertoire-based approach, the participants work on one or two songs each session, tackling a variety of strategies for interpreting the material. There are no restrictions in terms of instrumentation or standard, although it is recommended that participants have been playing for at least 2 years and have a reasonable understanding of their instrument. The majority of learning will be done by ear, so there is no need to read notation, although sheet music will be provided for certain players on occasion should it help their understanding of the material.

Who leads it?
The workshops are led by experienced musician and NYJO Associate Educator, Joe Browne, with the help of an outstanding tutor team of ambassadors from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Joe is a musician, composer and workshop leader, based in London. Having studied jazz saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire and Berklee College of Music, he now enjoys a busy schedule on the London music scene. As an educator, Joe is known for his jazz and creative workshops. He regularly delivers projects for the likes of Trinity Laban Conservatoire, The Philharmonia and The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2018 he has been an Associate Educator for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), leading their Cumbria, Lancashire, Hull and now, South-East regional academies. He is musical director of the jazz programme at Deal Music and Arts, delivering their Jazz Journey project and the Creative Jazz Weekend.

Goodwin Academy, Hamilton Road, Deal CT14 9BD

Academy dates for 2021/2022
Registration will be at 10.00am each day with the workshop starting at 10.30am and running till 4.00pm.
Monday 14th February 2022
Monday 4th April 2022
Tuesday 31st May 2022
Saturday 9th July 2022 this will be followed by a performance that evening as part of the Deal Festival as warm up for the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra

In addition to the regular local workshops, it is hoped that there will be an annual opportunity for all the NYJO regional academies to collaborate at a residential summer school, involving group workshops, performance opportunities, jam sessions and tutor concerts.

How can I find out more or get involved?
Contact Deal Music & Arts:

Click on the image below for an application form.