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.
J@MS Fall Semester
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - Saturday, January 31, 2021 (15 weeks)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Each individual module will be 40 minutes. We're hoping to include at least one masterclass this semester. Our goal is to perform a live-streamed concert at the BOP STOP at the end of the first semester. Individual preparation time will be very important this semester and students will get a taste of what it's like to work as a real-world musician.
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.