During the school year, SJW offers several innovative jazz programs for students and adults. The Giant Steps Big Band offers regional big band classes and performances in different locations around the San Francisco Bay Area. Open by audition to talented middle school students, the bands are led by jazz educators with track records of notable success teaching at the middle school level. Support faculty address the curricular needs of individual instruments, and additional instruction and practice is provided via online practice tools.
The Giant Steps Jazz Singers is a weekly class for middle school singers that focuses on jazz ensemble singing as well as good fundamentals such as intonation and blend. The Giant Steps Jazz Singers perform each semester with their instrumental counterparts in the Giant Steps Big Bands.
Our Miles Ahead Improv Sessions are hands-on classes that give adults and talented high school students the fundamentals of jazz theory and improvisation. By the end of the five weekly sessions, students will have the tools they need to be able to begin improvising over nearly any jazz composition or jazz standard they encounter. The Miles Ahead Jazz Piano class offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced jazz piano instruction; this class meets only once per year, from mid-June to mid-July.