This class will begin a week late on Monday, June 28th.
Come join the fun and build your jazz performance skills in a guided rehearsal setting. Combos culminate with an end-of-session performance.
A critical component in jazz education is developing the ability to play in a small ensemble setting. Participating in a combo is a great experience for developing musicianship skills of playing in time, using dynamics, listening and interacting, all while working on feel, soloing and accompanying.
Students will convene weekly via a Jamulus server to learn and work on music, and play together in real-time, from remote locations. Visual contact is provided through Zoom when needed (students need a free Zoom Video Conferencing account to participate visually).
Components required to use Jamulus are an audio microphone (or two), plus mic-to-computer interface, a wired connection to a modem/internet router, headphones (preferably "closed-ear"), and possibly a headphone amplifier. More info on using Jamulus is provided below.
Punctual attendance and desire to learn to play jazz/desire to improve. Students supply their instrument.
Homework is comprised of playing assignments based on the ensemble music and individual needs.
This is a 10 week course, meeting online once a week for 90 minutes.
The current quarter runs from June 24, 2023 to September 01, 2023. The performance dates are September 1st.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Beginning, intermediate, or advanced
Jazz Night School is a vibrant and welcoming community-based nonprofit music education program that is home to hundreds of like-minded learners. Our school offers great opportunities to meet other dedicated jazz students and artists. Whatever your skill level, we have a place for you.
Schedule a skills assessment
We strongly encourage all new students to schedule a complimentary skills assessment so we can help you figure out the best place to start.
At this time, Jazz Night School is providing live online classes and we are welcoming students from all locations.
What is it like to learn with us?
As a student at Jazz Night School, you'll be part of a friendly, supportive community that shares a love and deep appreciation for jazz music in all its various forms. Your development as a musician is our primary educational goal. Whatever your skill level, our program can help you improve your musicianship and discover your own unique musical voice. For new students, we provide a complimentary introductory session that includes a skills assessment. This session gives you a chance to share your goals and interests and helps us point you to the most appropriate offerings. Each quarter we offer a wide variety of classes and workshops on improvisation, harmony, ear-training, and specialized topics. Our online classes feature lots of discussion and opportunity for questions and answers. There are no grades at Jazz Night School; rather, instructors give each student individual feedback on an ongoing basis. Everyone's effort is valued. When public health restrictions are relaxed, we will return to offering group ensemble opportunities that culminate in a short performance at a local nightclub. This is a fun-filled evening where friends and family come to applaud student efforts and cheer them on to new heights of musical expression!
We understand that most of our students have important life commitments such as work and family. There may be days that you have to deal with a sick child or a pressing work deadline and you aren't able to put in as much practice time as you would have liked. We get it. Our goal is to support your musical aspirations at whatever pace you are able to sustain at this time in your life.
Jazz Night School instructors are some of the finest musicians and educators in Seattle’s vibrant jazz community. Some have learned their art through old school traditions and others have studied at premier institutions such as Berklee College of Music, Eastman, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and University of Miami.
For Jazz Night School's Live Online Combos, students will convene weekly via a Jamulus server to learn and work on music, and play together in real-time from remote locations.
Components required to use Jamulus are an audio microphone (or two), plus mic-to-computer interface, a wired connection to a modem/internet router, headphones (preferably "closed-ear"), and possibly a headphone amplifier.
Needed for Live Online Combos
- Computer and access to the internet
- Modem/router that you can connect to using an ethernet cable - DO NOT USE WIFI
- Ethernet cable (just mentioned)
- Free Jamulus software. Instructions and access to downloads:
- USB audio interface "Input Box" (such as Behringer UM2, Scarlett Solo or 2i2, or others, $50-$200)*
- Microphone(s), mic cable(s), and mic stand(s):
- One each, if your instrument is acoustic and can pick up your speaking voice well enough.
- One each, if your instrument is electric and you just need a speaking microphone (keyboards, electric guitars, etc. plug directly into your USB audio interface "Input Box").
- Two each, if your instrument is acoustic and the mic placement you need for your instrument does not pick up your voice when you speak. *If you need two mics, your USB audio interface "Input Box" will need to accept two mics.
- 1/4" cable if you play an electric instrument
- Headphones (SPEAKERS WILL NOT WORK): Over-ear headphones are best to block direct sound from your instrument (if acoustic). NOTE: Be sure you have the correct connection/plug for the headphone jack on your USB audio interface "Input Box". Some headphones use 1/4" plugs and some use mini plugs.
- Headphone amplifier and cable to connect to "Input Box" (this is optional and needed only if your "Input Box" headphone output is not strong enough). Jazz Night School is using Rockville RHPA4 headphone amps ($30).
Tips for using Jamulus
Once you have your equipment working and you are connected to the Jazz Night School Jamulus "rehearsal room" (server name to be provided in your registration confirmation), you will hear everyone present in the “room” in your headphones. When playing music with others in Jamulus, the three main things to pay attention to are:
- The volume of your instrument, should be loud enough to send good volume to others. This is set with the level controls on your USB audio interface "Input Box".
- Your headphone mix, i.e., how loud you and each person are in your headphones, and where they are panned in your headphones. Panning helps you separate and hear each person you're playing with. Volume and pan are controlled by the Jamulus interface on your computer or device. Everyone controls their own headphone mixes.
- The delay. When you play your instrument, you may perceive a delay in hearing your sound in your headphones. The amount of delay is determined by numerous factors, but if you set your headphone volume loud enough for your room/original sound to be secondary, you will get used to adjusting your timing to be in sync with the combined parts coming from the whole group.
Jazz Night School Live Online Combo equipment
Jazz Night School Live Online Combo equipment is available to students who have difficulty managing technology, or don’t want to purchase, or cannot afford to purchase equipment of their own. Our kits allow students to simply plug in and connect to our online rehearsal room. At this time there is no rental fee required for using a JNS Live Online Combo kit but suggested donations of $50 to $100 per ten-week session will gratefully be accepted to help with the equipment fund.
Participation in live online classes at JNSParticipants are expected to treat online class meetings as if they were attending class in the JNS building, which includes behaving professionally, treating others with courtesy and respect, refraining from using profanity or socially offensive language, wearing appropriate clothing, and avoiding inappropriate surroundings.
Students need to have and use a camera and microphone when attending web-conference class meetings. Students are expected to join from a suitable, quiet location with a device that permits participation in the class activities.
Before you start
Before attending your first Zoom live session, we ask that you complete the following tasks:
- Install the Zoom app on your computer, and enter the Zoom classroom test link.
- Review our best practices for attending a Zoom classroom live session.
- Familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform by reviewing the provided content.
Installing and joining a Zoom meeting
If you have never joined a Zoom meeting before, you will be prompted to download and install a Zoom application the first time you join a meeting.
Here is a short video that walks you through the process of installing Zoom and joining a meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iap0Ffl5Lg
Use the link below to access a test Zoom classroom. Accessing this test Zoom classroom will ensure that you have the Zoom app installed and that your internet connection, speakers, and microphone are all working properly and are compatible with the platform. Click to Join Meeting Test.
Zoom Best Practices
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the Zoom best practices below to help you and your fellow participants have a great experience in each live session:
- Restart/reboot your computer before the start of your meeting, at least within the prior 24 hours.
- Ensure you have a fast, stable internet connection. Wired connection is recommended; use wireless only if reliable. This will help ensure your connection does not falter or drop during the meeting. Avoid using any form of free public wi-fi (i.e., coffee shops, hotels, etc.). You can connect with wireless but quality may be poor.
- Secure a quiet, distraction-free physical location to attend your session.
- Do not join the session from a cell phone while driving/commuting in a car.
- Avoid having more than one computer or device within earshot logged into the same meeting, as it may cause a distracting echo effect for ALL participants in the session.
- Use a headset, not desktop speakers. This will help to ensure an echo-free meeting environment. Better yet, use a USB media headset which also includes a microphone. Connect it, and install the driver BEFORE entering the online meeting.
- Tablets may not have all the features that the computer versions of the Zoom app have.
- If your audio is not working well, you can try turning your video off.
- Students who are playing for the instructor should probably have their microphone's "Original Sound turned on" (indicated by the label in the top left corner of the screen "Turn off Original Sound").
Below are some Zoom video tutorials that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the platform before your first live session. Take particular note of how to mute and un-mute yourself.
The following are Jazz Night School’s policies—please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Registration and Payments
Ensemble registration is not solely on a first-come, first-serve basis. Roster requirements and student requests (1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices) factor into the assembly of each ensemble. Ensemble placements will be announced just prior to the beginning of the session.
Payment of tuition and fees is due upon registration for Jazz Night School, and attendance requires payment in full by the first meeting of a session (unless special arrangements have been made). Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Please note: Tuition not received in full by the first meeting of a session will incur additional $10 charges per week.
Offerings may be cancelled if there are not enough students enrolled.
Annual Registration Fee
A yearly registration fee is required from Jazz Night School Fall, Winter, and Spring Session participants. Our school year runs from September through August and only one registration fee is required per year, regardless of the number of offerings a participant enrolls in. Summer Program participants are not required to pay the annual registration fee.
Late Payment Fees
Unless special arrangements have been made, tuition not received in full by the end of the first week of a session will incur additional $10 charges per week delinquent.
Bounced checks will incur a $50 fee.
Classes and Ensembles—There will be no credits, refunds or make-ups for absence or withdrawal by student. Homework assignments may be provided upon request. Make-ups will be scheduled for any instructor absences.
Refunds cannot be given once classes/ensembles have begun.
Jazz Night School’s goal is to make opportunities available to everyone. Partial and full tuition waivers are available. Learn more at our Tuition Assistance page.
JNS Instructors and staff are here to help you. Ensemble students should expect that a majority of their rehearsal time is spent playing music, that individual feedback will be given every week, and that learning music aurally and/or orally (without printed music) will be encouraged whenever possible.
Student Code of Conduct
JNS strives to provide an empowering environment for everyone to develop their authentic musical voice. We emphasize positive collaboration through listening and appreciation of the contributions of fellow students. Be supportive, kind, respectful, and civil to fellow students and instructors. Respect each person’s unique set of challenges and gifts. Students who are unable to conduct themselves in this manner may be asked by instructor(s) or staff to leave or stop attending their JNS studies, may forfeit tuition, and may lose the privilege of future enrollment. Students are asked to come to class prepared but we prefer attendance even if students are not able to prepare. Each student will have the opportunity to advocate for their own musical development - ask questions, make suggestions, and share your concerns with your instructor or staff. If you have to miss a class or performance, no problem - but please email your instructor and/or fellow students to let them know.
Please leave all areas completely free of all trash and personal items. No food, drink, or gum in the rehearsal rooms and no objects on the pianos. Eating is permitted at the lobby window counter. Students are expected to assist with the upkeep of common areas, rehearsal rooms, and equipment by returning all items they use to their proper locations (for example but not limited to music stands, cymbals, mic stands, amplifiers). Use the student door code (provided to students at the beginning of each term) to enter the building. If you forget your code, please wait for another student to arrive; do not ask students in class to open the door for you, as it is disruptive to the classes. Instructors and students are welcome to use the JNS copy machine for JNS printing needs.
Practice Room Booking
Enrolled JNS students are welcome to use un-booked rehearsal room time for their personal practice. Booking and use of rooms by non JNS students for lessons or other rehearsals are also welcome for $15/hour (if commerce is involved).
The end-of-session performances are a vitally important culminating experience. They are your opportunity to communicate with your authentic musical voice to a friendly and enthusiastic crowd. Be sure to enter the end-of-session performance date(s) in your calendar at the beginning of every session. The end-of-session performances are an opportunity to showcase all of your hard work during the session. For the performances, be sure to dress to impress and invite your friends & family. JNS staff will work hard to accommodate any performance time change requests, but may not always manage to rearrange the schedule, especially at the last minute.
Recording, Performance, and Photography Release
All performances presented by Jazz Night School (JNS) students/ensembles/performing groups and any persons performing or working with them (known collectively hereafter as “Students”) as part of JNS’s curricular or extra-curricular events may be audiotaped, filmed, videotaped or photographed. In addition, JNS may engage in commercial audio recording, film, video and photography projects featuring its Students.
JNS reserves all rights to these audio recordings, films, videotapes or photographs (known collectively hereafter as “Recordings”), including the right to broadcast, license, assign, and distribute the Recordings and derivatives thereof in all media, for any purpose and without limitation.
All Students assign to JNS all copyright and other rights in such performances and Recordings, including any rights to proceeds earned from commercial distribution or other use of the Recordings. In addition, Students’ names and likenesses in the published materials associated with these Recordings may be used by JNS and its agents. JNS is released from any claims arising out of broadcast, commercial distribution and promotion of these recordings. All rights in and to a composition will remain sole property of the composer(s). The Recordings may also be used to promote JNS and its programs.
Jazz Night School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, use of service animals, national or ethnic origin, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law in admission of otherwise qualified students; in providing access to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Jazz Night School; or in its administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.