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BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Jazz at The Music Settlement (J@MS), our nationally acclaimed Jazz program, is a weekly half-day program for Northeast Ohio students ages 12 - 18.
Students in the J@MS program develop their skills and knowledge while learning how to perform a wide range of different styles within Jazz music. The program includes History of African-American Music, Jazz Theory and Improvisation, Jazz Keyboard Class, Small Combos, and Large Ensembles (Big Bands). J@MS students build camaraderie as they learn from our esteemed, professional faculty: all prominent musicians and educators throughout Northeast Ohio.
The J@MS big bands explore a range of advanced and challenging material written for large ensembles. J@MS small combos allow students to experience what it’s like to play in an interactive, professional group. J@MS groups ensembles are often selected to perform in adjudicated events, workshops, concerts, and community 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 under 12 years old. This course prepares students for the J@MS Program and acclimates them to the Saturday program environment.
J@MS Department Head
Annual merit scholarships are available by audition, and generous financial aid and hardship assistance are available to those that qualify. For more information, please call (216) 421-5806 ext. 180.
Our J@MS 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.
Nearly all of these students received substantial scholarship support.