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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.

2020 - 2021 J@MS Program Offerings:

Winter/Spring 2021 Semester -- J@MS Online Program 

ABOUT J@MS Winter/Spring 2021 VIRTUAL PROGRAM

J@MS Winter Spring Semester 2
Saturday, February 13, 2021 through Saturday, May 29, 2021 (15 weeks)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Combos
  • Jazz Theory
  • Rhythm Section Styles
  • Piano Class
  • Horn Section Styles
  • Rhythmic Studies
  • Individual Playing
  • Group Classes

Our longstanding immersive jazz studies program will remain online for the 2021 winter/spring second semester. Study and play one of America’s most important original art forms from the comfort of your own home, in small and medium sized Zoom sessions on Saturday mornings.

Curriculum each day will include 40-minute modules in jazz combo, jazz theory, rhythm section styles, piano class, horn section styles, and rhythmic studies. J@MS faculty includes prominent NE Ohio, and national jazz musicians and educators.

Students must have the following technological capabilities:

A laptop, tablet, or desktop that has a reliable internet connection (ethernet connection recommended)

- Access to the video platform Zoom (J@MS faculty will specify if other platforms are necessary prior to the semester)

- Earbuds or headphones (Bluetooth recommended)

- USB microphone (if accessible)

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


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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