Jam Sessions

Our Jam Sessions utilize collaborative music making to encourage adult participants to engage and connect through actively making music. In Jam Sessions, the Hausmann Quartet brings together string quartet repertoire and the music for wellness activities of the music therapy organization Resounding Joy, led by internationally recognized expert in the field, Barbara Reuer, PhD.

The Hausmann Quartet serve as mentors and coaches to oversee lively jam sessions which engage participants in positive, creative music making while responding to the participants’ musical experience. Instruments used include rain drums, paddle drums, buffalo drums, tambourine, djembe, doumbek and versa drums with acoustic boxes, boomwhackers and egg shakers. No prior musical experience is required from participants.

Jam Sessions are made possible in part through the Hausmann Quartet’s work with Art of Elan as community engagement partners.

Weekly sessions are held at the San Diego Rescue Mission (120 Elm Street, San Diego, CA 92101) for residents on Monday evenings from 6-7pm: January 24, 31 and February 7, 14 and 28.

A new set of weekly sessions will start in partnership with Father Joe’s Villages, at Golden Hall (1101 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101) on Tueseday evenings from 6-7pm: February 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Monthly Jam Sessions are held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park, in partnership with the Chicano Federation and Gente Unida. Announcements of future dates coming soon!

Sessions at Veterans Village of San Diego (4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110) are currently on hold due to the public health situation, but we hope to return soon. If you’d like to support VVSD’s music program, which is facing significant funding challenges, you can do so here.