Big Band Ensemble Placements

Students will be placed in an ensemble by Seattle JazzED educators based on their playing and sight-reading abilities in a group setting. The placements are designed to place your student in the JazzED Big Band Ensemble where they will best learn and be challenged. If you have any concerns about the charts once they're released, please contact kelly@seattlejazzed.org.

There is a $25 placement fee. If the fee is a financial burden, please use the code WAIVER at registration check-out to waive the fee.

PLACEMENT CHARTS - AVAILABLE 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO PLACEMENT DAYS
Each chart will represent a different educational “grade level”. Students will likely find one chart more challenging than the other. In other words, one chart might be “too easy” or one might be “too hard”. That is just fine!

Grades 5 & 6 and Grades 11 & 12 will have two songs. The other groups will have three songs because those are the ages that we typically see the biggest spread in ability. Time should be spent practicing equally on all of the material provided in your grade group.

Each chart will have the following parts:
Alto 1, Tenor 1, Bari, Tpt 1, Tpt 3, Bone 1, Bone 3, Bass, Drums, Piano, Guitar. (Flute or Clarinet when available. Clarinets should play the tenor sax part if no clarinet part is provided.)

>> REMINDER: CHARTS AVAILABLE TWO WEEKS BEFORE PLACEMENTS <<

GRADES 5 & 6
Placement time: Saturday, Nov 16, 9am-11am

GRADES 7 & 8
Placement time: Saturday, Nov 16, 11:30am-1:30pm

GRADES 9 & 10
Placement time: Sunday, Nov 17, 9am-11am

GRADES 11 & 12
Placement time
: Sunday, Nov 17, 11:30am-1:30pm


New Works Ensemble & JazzED Youth Orchestra Placements

NEW WORKS ENSEMBLE
Sunday, Nov 17, 9am-11am (grades 9-12) 


JAZZED YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Sunday, Nov 17, 11:30am-1:30pm (grades 7-12)

You will meet one-on-one with the ensemble director Wayne Horvitz. Please prepare a piece you are currently working on and come ready to sight-read and discuss your musical interests and experience. 

Placement slots are first come, first served in your grade time frame.  


JazzED Drumline Project Placements

JAZZED DRUMLINE PROJECT
Saturday, Nov 16, 11:30am-1:30pm (grades 7-12)
Students will be evaluated for placement based on their rudiments. Students should bring their sticks, there is no music to prepare ahead of time.

Participation at the JazzED Drumline Project placements is according to student grade based on the schedule below. Students will have their placement in a first come, first serve order in their time frame. The placement evaluation should take no more than 10 minutes once it's their turn.


Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble Placements

NINA SIMONE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Saturday, Nov 16, 9am-11am (grades 7-12)

You will meet one-on-one with the ensemble director Shaina Shepherd. Students will evaluated on rhythm, tone and range, and asked to harmonize and hold melody.  You may bring a prepared piece to sing but it is not required.

Placement slots are first come, first served in your time frame.  


PLANNING TO TRY OUT FOR MORE THAN ONE ENSEMBLE?
If you want to be placed in a Big Band Ensembles AND either the New Works Ensemble, New Works Orchestra, JazzED Drumline Project or Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble, please prepare according to those placement instructions as well. We will pull you from the Big Band Ensemble placements for a brief one-on-one placement with the relevant educator.

IMPORTANT: Depending on competition for certain instrument spots, we usually cannot place students in both a Big Band Ensemble and the New Works Ensemble. If you try out for both, you may be placed in one or the other. In recent years the only instruments we've been able to place in both ensembles have been trombonists due to a shortage.


PLACEMENT
Your ensemble placement will be emailed after placements, within 1-2 weeks. If you accept your placement, you will then register for your ensemble and select your tuition level and payment plan at that time. Weekly rehearsals (and sectionals for certain ensembles) begin in January.

There is a $25 placement fee. If the fee is a financial burden, please use the code WAIVER at registration check-out to waive the fee.


Planning ahead!

SLIDING SCALE TUITION
We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. 

Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $1,175, $235/month, do not enter any code

  • $925, $185/month, enter code NINETWENTYFIVE

  • $675, $135/month, enter code SIXSEVENTYFIVE

  • $425, $85/month, enter code FOURTWENTYYFIVE

  • $250, $50/month, enter code TWOFIFTY

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer  

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!