Miles Ahead Institute Online

This exciting after-school program will give advanced musicians an accelerated overview of the essential repertoire for jazz musicians, as well as insight into the ways that individual musicians create and apply vocabulary when they improvise. Miles Ahead Institute is designed for students approaching college and professional playing situations. Open by audition only, this class can also be taken with the Miles Ahead Jazz Online class.

Steven Lugerner and other SJW faculty artists will address these critical topics every professional jazz musician needs to learn and master.

This class can be taken with the Miles Ahead Jazz Online class. Find out more about Miles Ahead Jazz Online by clicking here. 

For all high school instrumentalists
currently enrolled in their school music programs

By audition only.
If your audition is not accepted, you’ll be placed in a Miles Ahead Jazz Online class that is perfect for your skill level and for your needs as a developing jazz musician.

If your school does not have a music program, concurrent enrollment is not required.

Miles Ahead Institute is focused on getting familiar with the most essential tunes, concepts, and vocabulary for a pro jazz musician to know.

Director: Steven Lugerner, with additional presentations by SJW faculty artists.

What do you get in Miles Ahead Institute?

  • One weekly session with the director or guest artist
  • Accelerated introduction to a large number of essential jazz tunes
  • Introduction to transcription and the analysis of vocabulary


Miles Ahead Institute sessions: Classes will be on Thursdays from 5 pm – 6 pm. First class meets on Thursday, March 10.

All times are Pacific Standard Time.  Schedule subject to change.

Tuition for Miles Ahead Institute $395 per semester, non-refundable. (Limited need-based financial aid is available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.)

To apply: Admission to the Miles Ahead Institute is by audition only. Register for Miles Ahead Institute by clicking on the Sign Up Now button below. After you register, you’ll receive information about creating and submitting your audition. If your audition is not accepted, you’ll be placed in a Miles Ahead Jazz Online class that’s perfect for your skill level and needs as a developing jazz musician. If you attended Miles Ahead Institute last semester, or our Jazz Institute Online 2021 program, you will be automatically accepted to the program.

Faculty and masterclass coaches

Important information

Warmup No. 1: Dorian mode. Get in shape with the SJW faculty!

Warm up No. 2: Mixolydian mode. Get your technique together by playing along!