SFJAZZ In the Community
SFJAZZ brings world-class jazz artists out of the concert hall and into the community, connecting youth and adults, students and professionals, musicians and non-musicians, with a diverse array of interactive workshops. Since 1984, SFJAZZ has reached out to youth and adult audiences with in-school performances and programs in intimate and informal settings.
Our partners include the Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco, Out Of Site, Old Skool Cafe, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), the San Francisco Unified School District, Yerba Buena Arts & Events, Youth Speaks and others.
Jazz In the Middle
Established in 2001, the Jazz in the Middle (JIM) program provides public middle school students with curriculum-based residencies, linking jazz and academic subjects in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classroom. JIM was created by SFJAZZ in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to address the need for arts education in middle schools. Offered free to public middle schools, the JIM curriculum complies with government guidelines and district content standards, and extends into the classroom, where SFJAZZ Artist/Educators engage students in a process of creative transformation.
Jazz In Session
The Jazz In Session (JIS) program collaborates with SFUSD schools in strengthening existing jazz programs as well as fostering continued expansion through teacher support, hands-on clinics and professional development for school faculty, band directors and administrators. The goals of the program include our efforts to support the District’s “Arts Education Master Plan” in making music instruction – in particular jazz music education – accessible to a significant portion of the San Francisco public school population.
Summer Outreach Clinics
Our roster of renowned professional musicians and educators enables SFJAZZ Education to offer a year- round calendar of outreach activities, including:
- Clinics in Bay Area High School jazz bands with saxophonist and HSAS Director Paul Contos and other leading professional musicians
- Free summer workshops in Oakland schools, open to all high school-aged participants*
- Coaching and Mentoring for student ensembles
- Open Rehearsals and much more!
SFJAZZ Education presents FREE summer jazz workshops for High School students
High School students of all walks of life who play an instrument are welcome.
Taught by leading Bay Area educators and limited to 25 students, each FREE workshop is designed to improve core skills, including improvisation, sight-reading, rhythm and much more, in a fun and welcoming environment.
SFJAZZ Education works closely with Bay Area peer organizations and schools in creating exciting programs for people of all ages. Our partners include the SF Unified School District, Museum of the African Diaspora, Youth Speaks, the Jazz Heritage Center, Yerba Buena Arts & Events, Out Of Site, Old Skool Cafe, The Jazzschool, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and others.