Improvise Like the Best Jazz Musicians You've Ever Heard

With Expert Training to Accelerate Your Growth, a Supportive Community of Like-Minded Musicians, and the Tools You Need to Play Jazz Standards Like a Pro

Until LJS Inner Circle Launches on Sunday, May 31st:


Why would you want to join the VIP Waitlist?

  • I’ll immediately send you a special Sneak Peek video so you can see what joining the Inner Circle will be like.

  • You will get invited to access the Inner Circle 1 day early. The Inner Circle launches to the public on May 31st, but you’ll get access on the 30th.

  • I’ll send you 3 weekly training videos leading up to launch. You’ll be the first to see this brand new training series called Jazz Standards Mastery Formula: The 3 Step Proven Process for Learning and Improvising Over Jazz Standards Like a Pro.

Are You Satisfied With Your Jazz Improv Abilities?

If you’re like 99% of my students and subscribers, the answer is no. Deep inside you want to feel the freedom to flawlessly navigate your instrument and improvise incredible melodic ideas, but more often than not, you feel unsatisfied, frustrated, or even stuck.

Tell me if you can relate:

  • You’ve spent countless hours practicing, jumping around YouTube and blogs, but feel aimless and like you aren’t improving quickly enough without a step-by-step plan.
  • You’ve felt overwhelmed by learning jazz standards, unsure of how to efficiently learn them, and unsure of how to start improvising over them as well as you want to.
  • You’ve felt left behind with all of the complex jazz theory. Most teachers assume you know music theory jargon, leaving you feeling embarrassed to ask questions.
  • Your jazz education is a lonely journey. You wish you had other like-minded musicians to learn from, get motivation, and share accountability.

You’ve probably struggled with some of these. I know this because I struggled with these same things when I was learning to play jazz.

Luckily, I didn’t stay stuck like this.

  • I learned the most important things to practice and how, instead of wasting years of aimless practice time working on the wrong things.
  • I figured out how to learn and practice jazz standards the right way, instead of instead of getting stuck and confused with improvising.
  • I got plugged in with mentors and a community of other like-minded musicians, instead of feeling isolated with nowhere to go for help.

Hey, I’m Brent Vaartstra, professional jazz musician, author, and educator. I’m best known as the jazz musician behind the internationally renowned online jazz education site, Learn Jazz Standards.

I want to help you get on that same path to accelerating your jazz improv skills, and get the help and support you need to break through barriers and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be.

That’s why I created a place for you to get everything you need, all in one place, under one roof…

Introducing the
Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle

I'd like to personally invite you to join my Inner Circle membership community!

The LJS Inner Circle is a premium online jazz education membership. It is my complete package of top-notch jazz training and a community platform that fosters growth and the motivation for continual musical improvement.

In the Inner Circle you get access to:

  •  In-depth courses, and practice programs to help you improve quickly
  •  Monthly jazz standard studies, to help you learn and improvise over jazz standards
  • A diverse community of musicians playing all kinds of instruments to get support and motivation

The LJS Inner Circle Helps You:

Learn jazz standards and start improvising over them

By getting a monthly study packet and training video to learn a new jazz standard alongside other members. You’ll stop being confused by jazz standards, and feel confident to improvise over them.

Find a practice plan that will accelerate your jazz skills

By getting access to all of our in-depth premium courses and practice programs. I guarantee you will improve your playing quicker just like hundreds of my current and alumni course students.

Fill in the gaps in your musical knowledge

By getting access to a growing library of beginner 101 courses on topics like music theory. You won’t feel lost or left behind in other parts of your membership. You'll have the training you need for success.

Practice alongside other musicians

By joining courses or Practice Groups on topics you need help with, or by starting your own. You can get accountability and help from other members working on specific concepts you want to improve on.

Get answers to your questions

By getting access to premium community forums and discussions. You don’t have to feel afraid to ask a question, or get help with something you’re stuck on. The community is there to help, and you can help others as well.

All Inner Circle Members Get Instant Access To:

Immediate Access to the "Jazz Standards Club" Monthly Studies

Every month you’ll get access to a new jazz standard study course so you can learn it and practice it. Here’s what’s included in the club:

  • An in-depth color-coded analysis of the jazz standard so you can understand how it works.
  • Chord tone, guide tone, and scale maps to help you map out note options for improvising.
  • An etude over the jazz standard, composed by pro jazz musicians exclusively for our Inner Circle, to help you learn musical ideas for improvising.
  • In-depth video training walk-through, to break down the jazz standard for you.

Entire Library of Premium Practice Program Courses (Current and Future)

Whether you need to work on learning essential jazz standards, ear training, the blues, or a full-on jazz practice program, my premium courses will provide great roadmaps for jazz improvement.

From my flagship course 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing, to my basic jazz theory book and course Zero to Improv, you’ll get instant access to all of these.

Learn at your own pace, when you want, wherever you want.

Our Growing Library of 101 Courses

These mini-courses will give you tools and knowledge you need to succeed in other areas of your membership and help you understand the basics of becoming a better jazz musician.

Our top-notch course platform makes it easy for you to track your progress, and pick up where you left off whenever you are ready to learn more.

A Supportive Community of Musicians

The Inner Circle community is the place to go for all your questions, asking for feedback, gaining support and getting to know other like minded musicians.

You can even join or create your own Practice Groups so you can learn and work on concepts with other members and get accountability.

You won’t just be interacting with musicians who play your instrument. The Inner Circle community is diverse, with musicians playing all kinds of instruments. This is a HUGE advantage.

All of this exclusively for Inner Circle Members!

Massive Value at a Ridiculously Low Cost

Massive Value at a Ridiculously Low Cost

Let’s not even talk about the fortune you could spend on music school, or private lessons to get this kind of training and community.

Let’s not even talk about the fortune you could spend on music school, or private lessons to get this kind of training and community.

  • For a fraction of the cost of ONE monthly private lesson...
  • For less than ONE dollar a day...
  • For less than ONE cup of coffee a day…

You get unlimited access to the best jazz education and community you can get your hands on.

Here's What Course Students Are Saying:

Here's What Course Students Are Saying:

Join the Inner Circle VIP Waitlist!

Join the Inner Circle VIP Waitlist!

The LJS Inner Circle Opens to the VIP Waitlist 1 Day Early on Saturday, May 30th (Public Launch on Sunday, May 31st)

The LJS Inner Circle Opens to the VIP Waitlist 1 Day Early on Saturday, May 30th (Public Launch on Sunday, May 31st)


Price reflects the $5/month discount locked in for lifetime of membership during our limited time 7 day launch discount period
  • Jazz Standard Club Access (Monthly Study)
  • Access to All Premium Practice Program Courses
  • Access to Beginner 101 Courses
  • Access to Premium Community Forums and Practice Groups


Price reflects the $50/annual discount locked in for lifetime of membership during our limited time 7 day launch discount period
$ 238 PER YEAR
  • Jazz Standard Club Access (Monthly Study)
  • Access to All Premium Practice Program Courses
  • Access to Beginner 101 Courses
  • Access to Premium Community Forums and Practice Groups

Until LJS Inner Circle Launch:


Not Sure If the Inner Circle Is Right for You?

Not Sure If the Inner Circle Is Right for You?

The LJS Inner Circle is NOT for everyone, and truth be told we’d prefer to help you figure out if it’s not right for you BEFORE you join rather than waste your time.

The LJS Inner Circle is NOT for everyone, and truth be told we’d prefer to help you figure out if it’s not right for you BEFORE you join rather than waste your time.


  • Beginner to intermediate jazz musicians who know music basics but are wanting to take their jazz skills to the next level. Advance players are welcome as well, but know that the content is generally geared towards these skill levels.
  • Musicians who are brand new to jazz, but already have the essential skills on their instrument together.
  • Anyone who plays a melodic/harmonic instrument (including vocalists), and wants to become a better jazz improviser.
  • Musicians who understand that real improvement only comes with practice and follow through, not cheap shortcuts.
  • Musicians that want actual practice plans and structure- not just a massive library of one-off lessons. If that’s what you want, check out my YouTube channel. I’m interested in getting you clear results.


  • Someone trying to learn a new instrument. The Inner Circle will not teach you how to play a specific instrument, especially from scratch.
  • Someone looking for instruction specific to their instrument. If you are a piano player looking for jazz piano lessons specifically, you will not find it in the Inner Circle. The Inner Circle content is geared towards working on jazz concepts all instruments need to work on. This is a diverse community which offers immense value in this regard.
  • Percussive instruments. As much as I love the drummers and would like to see them in our community, much of the course and club content is geared towards melodic/harmonic instruments, and you may not get as much value from the material as they would.
  • Musicians looking for hacks or shortcuts. While you will shorten your learning curve and be working on the right things to improve, without practice and hard work you WILL NOT get the results you want.
  • Musicians with big egos or bad vibes. The Inner Circle is a supportive uplifting community of jazz musicians of all skill levels. If you bring bad energy to the community you will be refunded and excused. We take the community culture of the Inner Circle very seriously.

Still Have Questions? Here Are Some Answers:

Still Have Questions? Here Are Some Answers:

Not just a huge library of random content. The Inner Circle provides actual jazz courses, practice plans, and monthly jazz standard studies so you get real direction and results- not a whole lot of overwhelm.

A community of musicians playing all kinds of instruments. It’s not a community of just bass players, just guitar players, saxophonists, or pianists. You’ll not only learn a lot from musicians playing your instrument, but also gain perspective from musicians playing different ones.

More than just community forums. You can join or create Practice Groups with other members to share and work on things together. If you are a part of a course you’ll be working and communicating with other members who are in that course with you.

A place to learn the way that works for you. Have a lot of time on your hands to practice? Work on one of my in-depth practice programs. Don’t have a lot of time? Work on the monthly Jazz Standards Club study and keep it light. Have a specific skill you want to work on with others? Start a Practice Group and get help from the community.

Yes. While we strongly believe you will love the LJS Inner Circle and won’t want to leave, you can easily cancel your membership at anytime. There are no hoops you have to jump through, just a few clicks of your mouse. If you are paying monthly, your subscription will not renew at the next billing cycle. If you are paying annually, you will have 30 days to ask for a refund from time of purchase.

While you may know some jazz standards that we focus on in our Jazz Standards Club, no one is ever finished studying and improving their improv over a jazz standard. Regardless of your experience, you’ll find the resources such as the etude helpful, and the opportunity to interact with the community motivating to practice and share your jam sessions. As the Jazz Standard Club library grows, you will have continual access to each study. Outside of the Club, our Jazz Standards Playbook courses feature 20 studies of jazz standards that should keep you busy.

It is possible that you may have purchased one or more of our courses prior to the release of our membership. It’s important to point out that our courses sold individually cost $95-$247 each. So for many, membership will be a better value if you were planning on purchasing one or two courses.

But it is important to remember that having access to the Jazz Standards Club, 101 Courses (which are not available a la carte), Community forums and Practice Groups adds hundreds of dollars of additional monthly value to your membership. The value of being a member is completely worth it to you, even if you have already purchased some Premium Courses.

100% absolutely yes! You can rest assured that we never process credit cards ourselves. We use PayPal and Stripe to run payments which are industry standard 3rd party services that massive retail and online businesses use for payment processing.

After purchase you will be redirected to a Welcome Page, which will give you a quick orientation so you will feel comfortable navigating the Inner Circle and know first steps. But at anytime you can go to and click the login button so you can get access to the main membership dashboard.

No! While you will come across music theory in your membership, you will have the tools you need to learn the basics. Our growing list of beginner 101 Courses goes over common theory you will come across in other parts of our membership. In addition, you will have access to our basic jazz theory eBook and Course “Zero to Improv” which will get you going.

Everything that is provided in your membership is geared towards ALL melodic and harmonic instruments. While drummers may not get as much value out of some of the material, bassists, guitarists, pianists, saxophonists, trumpeters, violinists, harmonica players, vibes players, and others of the like will get great value. All courses and studies focus on concepts that ALL jazz musicians need to be working on and will benefit from. All handouts and materials are provided with versions for C, Bb, Eb, and Bass Clef instruments.