Miles Ahead Jazz Online

In Miles Ahead Jazz Online, high school musicians meet twice per week for eight weeks with some of our top jazz educators to work on improvisation, instrumental technique, jazz styles, music theory, and jazz history. One weekly meeting will be devoted to giving you a deep understanding of jazz, and the other will be a masterclass in which you’ll get better on your instrument along with a small number of students at the same skill level. With SJW’s exclusive virtual combo program, you’ll get to be part of a fantastic band and play some of the most famous jazz songs ever, as well as getting a chance to be soloist, front and center.

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

No jazz experience required! If your school does not have a music program, concurrent enrollment is not required.

Miles Ahead Jazz Online is a completely new interactive online program for high school instrumental musicians that will help you improve your technique, supercharge your improvisation skills, and give you a solid foundation for becoming a jazz musician.

Directors: Kristen Strom, Terrence Brewer, and Mike Galisatus

What do you get in Miles Ahead Jazz Online?

  • Exclusive virtual combo playing experience that is only available from Stanford Jazz Workshop
  • Focus on jazz improvisation, theory, ear training, rhythmic training, and history
  • One weekly session with one of our directors to work on concepts, composition, transcription, and more
  • One weekly masterclass with SJW faculty that focuses on instrumental fundamentals, technique, and repertoire
  • Individual feedback on playing, improvising, ensemble performance
  • Online meetings with students of similar experience levels


  • One 60-minute session with program instructor per week
  • One 60-minute masterclass with instrumental coaches per week


Miles Ahead Jazz Online full sessions: Wednesday evenings  (4PM or 6:30PM depending on class placement), and lasting for 60 minutes. First session: Wednesday, February 3. Final session: Wednesday, March 24.

Masterclasses: Friday afternoons beginning at 4 PM, and lasting for 60 minutes. First session: Friday, February 5. Final session: Friday, March 26.

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

Tuition for Miles Ahead Jazz Online: $895 per semester, non-refundable. (Limited need-based financial aid is available. Please contact registrar@stanfordjazz.org for more information.)

Tuition for Miles Ahead Jazz Online and Miles Ahead Institute: Sign up for both Miles Ahead Jazz Online and Miles Ahead Institute and receive a discount on tuition: $1,295. For information about the Miles Ahead Institute, click here. 

To apply: No audition is required for admission to Miles Ahead Jazz Online; simply register for Miles Ahead Jazz Online by clicking on the Register Now button below. Admission to the Miles Ahead Institute is by audition only.

After you register, you’ll receive information about creating and submitting your placement evaluation recording, which will enable your instructors to place you in classes with others at your same level of experience. The deadline to submit your placement evaluation recording is January 22, 2021; late registrations can be accepted, but only as long as space in the program is still available.

Click the chart below to download a PDF of our program comparison and FAQ.

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!