Act-Belong-Commit Education Program

Education Brochure

The Act-Belong-Commit WAYJO Education Program is an important component of WAYJO’s annual program.

WAYJO tailors its events to the needs of its audiences, from young children to high school students and their teachers, and performances and workshops are designed to suit most educational requirements.

WAYJO invites schools to engage with our musicians and leverage their talent and experience to create quality experiences that enrich classroom or private teaching.

And if your school can’t participate, WAYJO has a number of events that students can attend with family to gain a better understanding of jazz performance.

If you or a family member are studying music, check out what WAYJO has to offer!

For more information on our Education program, call WAYJO on (08) 9471 1950 or email

The WAYJO Education Program is supported by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.

School Concert-Workshops

As part of our “An American Jazz Story” program in 2019, WAYJO offers three School Concert-Workshops, Downstairs at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth – Fridays at 3pm.

Featuring guest artists Mariel Bildsten (Trombone, USA), Dick Oatts (Saxophone, USA) and concerts focused on jazz styles from New Orleans, Detroit, New York and Cuba-Miami, these workshops are an engaging way for students and educators to experience the nest jazz artists visiting Perth and new insights into a variety of styles.

Fri 3 May – Dixieland Stomp: New Orleans Jazz featuring Mariel Bildsten – Trombone (USA)
Fri 2 August – Central Park North: New York Jazz featuring Dick Oatts – Saxaphone (USA)
Fri 6 September – The Afro-Cuban Explosion: Miami Cuban Jazz featuring Steve Richter, Iain Robbie & Adolfo Chavez (Aus)

Please visit our Concert for Schools page for the full details.

Jazz for Juniors – Concerts & Primary School Incursions

2019 Jazz for Juniors Concerts run first Tue & Wed of the school holidays, with 9.30am & 11.00am sessions first Tuesday & Wednesday of the April, July & October School Holidays Downstairs at The Maj – be sure to book soon for this popular event!

Tue 16 & Wed 17 AprilMeet the Jazz Orchestra
Tue 9 & Wed 10 JulyA Journey Through Jazz
Tue 1 & Wed 2 OctoberDizzy Disney

Recommended for 7 year olds and younger, Jazz for Juniors runs for approximately 40-minutes, with interactive songs where young children learn about jazz instruments and styles. There’s also approximately 20-minutes after the concert to try some instruments specially designed for little people!

After sell-out seasons at His Majesty’s Theatre, WAYJO is now also offering Jazz for Juniors Incursion Concerts to early primary school students. WAYJO members will travel to your school or day care centre for the performance – bookings are limited, so act fast!

High School Incursions

Lead by WAYJO’s Assistant Music Director Gemma Farrell, a quartet consisting of WAYJO members and alumni will perform for your school.

The quartet, consisting of Gemma Farrell (Saxophone), Tim Voutas (Piano), Kate Pass (Bass) and Talya Valenti (Drums), will perform for the students, explaining each role within the ensemble (Melody, Chords, Bass and Rhythm) and what each section needs to know to effectively improvise to a piece of music.

After explaining different ways to approach improvisation, students will be invited to play with the quartet with a few improvisational activities such as using notes in the blues scale, focusing on the rhythm, call and response etc.

We will happily answer any questions about studying jazz at a tertiary level, how to join WAYJO, or any other musical enquiries the students may have.

Booking this 1-hour workshop also entitles the school to 15 complimentary tickets to one of our School Concert-Workshops.

Young Women in Jazz

Are you a female musician aged 14-25 and would like to learn about jazz and improvised music?

Through a series of workshops and performances, young women are encouraged to explore and develop their skills in jazz techniques including improvisation.

Lead by some of the most dedicated, driven and talented local female jazz artists, Young Women in Jazz is open to musicians of any ability aged 14-25. This unique program includes weekly workshops at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and an opportunity to perform at The Ellington Jazz Club.

Presented in association with Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA), this 8 week intensive workshop series isa great way to build support networks, re ne your skills andmeet like-minded musicians.

Workshops Saturdays 2 May – 20 June, 2.00pm – 4.30pm at WAAPA- ECU, Mt Lawley. Two workshops will be held with touring artist Kristin Berardi & the legendary Judy Bailey.
Performance Sunday 21 June, 6.00pm at The Ellington Jazz Club
Registrations close Fri 24 April, 5.00pm online at

Presented in association with the Sydney Improvised Music Association, and supported by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

WAYJO Regional Tour

Regional Tour is a highlight for almost every WAYJO member’s calendar. Not only do they experience an intensive week of playing and honing their skills as a band, but they get to share their music with people, from all walks of life, all over Regional WA. This year WAYJO will be embarking on two Regional Tours.

May 13-18 in 2019, the Monday Night Orchestra will be visiting the South-West Region of WA including Bunbury, Busselton, Albany and Mandurah. WAYJO has visited these areas on previous tours and has strong bonds with several schools including Busselton Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar (Albany) and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar.

September 16-19 in 2019, Tuesday Night Orchestra head North to visit Moora, Merredin and Geraldton. We were so blown away by the response of audiences in 2018, we wanted to do a follow up tour to cement our relationships with schools and venues in these areas.

Regional audiences are extremely important to WAYJO, and we can’t wait to hit the road once more.