Iain dixon with young musicians of wakefield youth jazz orchestra

Iain Dixon working with young musicians as part of the Music For Life partnership project with Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Future of Jazz Education in the North of England 

– have your say!

How can Jazz North help jazz to thrive through our education activities from 2021 onwards? We want to hear from a wide range of people involved in jazz and music education and find out what is important to you.

Jazz North is the development agency for jazz in the North of England. We support and nurture jazz by building networks, growing audiences and supporting artists. Our annual education conferences bring together educators and artists to discover inspiring examples of work from the UK and beyond of teaching and learning using improvisation and jazz.

At this crucial moment for the sector, we are researching how we can help jazz to thrive in the North through our education activities from 2021 onwards. We want to hear from a wide range of people involved in music teaching, performing and promoting and find out what is important to you.

By completing this questionnaire, you are providing us with valuable information that will help us plan for the future and design activities that respond to your needs. Please complete our survey (closes end of January 2021)

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jazznortheducation


Jazz North Education Conference, June 2019

In January 2019 a hard-hitting report was published by The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the Incorporated Society of Musicians which demonstrated the scale of the crisis facing music education in England.

Its recommendations revealed the breadth of the problem and also how easily the some of the most pressing issues could be addressed with little or no financial cost.

We believe that the jazz sector – musicians, educators and promoters, can have a key role to make a transformational impact on young children inside our schools and through extra-curricular music making activities.

This year’s Jazz North education conference at the University of Huddersfield explored these themes and delegates were given a range of insights and practical advice from leading practitioners and professionals such as Jimmy Rotheram (Feversham Primary), Yolanda Brown, Chris Sharkey, Matt Robinson (More Music), Fatine Boumaaz (Ronnie Scotts’ Charitable Foundation) and Enrico Bertelli (Conductive Music).

We’ve now produced a downloadable conference report.


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