January 2013 – Assistants now recruited. This is a pilot project and we will be recruiting again in 2013-14 for projects in other areas across North.

Tom ShermanJazz North is seeking to recruit up to three Assistant Music Leaders to work on a jazz outreach project in North Yorkshire primary schools, alongside lead musician and LCM graduate Tom Sherman (pictured).

If you’re a full time or recently graduated music student who is interested in delivering music outreach activities with children and young people, this is an ideal opportunity to get gain some ‘real-world’ experience, develop new skills, be mentored by an experienced practitioner, and help inspire tomorrow’s musicians.

This project aims to introduce children aged 7 – 11 from three different primary schools across North Yorkshire (in Leyburn, Selby and Ryedale) to the jazz idiom through a series of creative composition and performance workshops.

Depending on their availability, Assistant Music Leaders may be able to work with one or two schools.

This project is delivered in partnership with Live Music Now, NYMAZ and the North Yorkshire Music Hub.


  • Attending an initial performance at the school given by Three Jazz, followed by a planning meeting between school staff and musicians
  • Participating in a further planning meeting prior to the start of the project with the lead musician to agree a programme of work
  • Assisting the lead musician to deliver a series of 4 x half day creative workshops in school, culminating with a final outcome performance
  • Engaging with the evaluation process, including being interviewed by an external evaluator and attend the CPD session.


February – March 2013. Dates are to be arranged with individual schools


£50 per day during project delivery

Travel expenses where applicable: shared car transport may be arranged in some cases


SKILLS: Essential

  • High level of musicianship: performance, improvisation and composition skills
  • Good understanding of different jazz sub-genres
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to relate well to young people, school staff and others involved in project delivery
  • High levels of commitment, enthusiasm and motivation
  • Commitment to the values of music outreach work
  • Willingness to develop new skills and adopt a flexible approach


Experience of working with children and young people in formal education
or non-formal settings

Experience of collaborative working


Successful applicants will be required to undertake a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Disclosure.

To apply for this role, please use the Contact form outlining your skills, experience and interest in this role.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Friday 21 December

Shortlisted applicants will be informed in the New Year and invited for an interview on Wednesday 16 January 2013 in Leeds.

If you require any further information, please contact Nigel Slee at Jazz North