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Jazz at The Music Settlement (J@MS), our nationally acclaimed Jazz program, is a weekly half-day immersion program for students ages 12-18.

Students in the J@MS program concentrate on developing their skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve musical goals. The program encompasses History of African-American Music, Theory and Improvisation, Small Combo, and Large Ensemble (Big Band).

The J@MS big bands explore a range of advanced and challenging material written for large ensembles under the direction of our professional faculty. These ensembles are often selected to perform in adjudicated events, workshops, concerts, and events throughout the year, gaining valuable performing experience in a high-level context. The upper echelon of the J@MS program comprise The Dameron Institute, named after Cleveland native Tadd Dameron, a notable 20th century American composer.

Also available, Junior J@MS, an introduction to improvisation and combo playing for the young beginner or intermediate musician.  This course prepares students for the J@MS Program and acclimated them to the Saturday program environment.

Merit scholarships, general financial aid, and hardship assistance are available.  For more information, please call (216) 421-5806 ext. 100.

2021 - 2022 J@MS Program Offerings:

J@MS Program

Saturday, October 2, 2021 through Saturday, May 28, 2022 (30 weeks)
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Click here to register, or call 216-421-5806 ext. 100 for more information.

Junior J@MS

Saturday, October 2, 2021 through Saturday, May 28, 2022 (30 weeks)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Click here to register, or call 216-421-5806 ext. 100 for more information.

Center for Music Community Merit Scholarship Auditions

Monday, July 26, 2021 | TMS University Circle

Our Center for Music is pleased to announce merit scholarship auditions for the general community.  Merit scholarships are available for traditional private lessons, our J@MS Program (Jazz at the Music Settlement), and Rock & Pop Academy.  Musicians of all ages who meet the audition requirements are encouraged to auditions.

Auditions will take place at our University Circle Campus on Monday, July 26th.  Video submissions will also be accepted.

Those interested in auditioning must submit an audition application prior to Wednesday, July 21st to reserve an audition slot.  Walk-in auditions will not be accepted.

Click here to download the audition application.

Questions?  Email Nikki Claverie, Administrator, Center for Music.

J@MS and The Berklee City Music Network

Our Jazz program is proud to be a partner of The Berklee City Music Network. Throughout the duration of this widely acclaimed program, the Berklee City Music Network has generously given more than $110,000 in scholarship funds for students at The Music Settlement to attend the 5-week summer program. Our partnership with the Berklee City Music Network and the Berklee College of Music has yielded approximately $1,378,800 in scholarship funds for students of The Music Settlement to attend the summer program and the college.

Click here to read testimonials of students who have been impacted by our Berklee connection.


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