San Jose Jazz

San Jose Jazz

San Jose Jazz is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to enrich the community through education and performance. The organization’s purpose is to enhance the recognized value of arts to the individual and society; to use music and events to bring people together; and to help build a stronger, more vibrant community through the arts.

San Jose Jazz is renowned for producing one of the finest live music events in the U.S.: the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. In 2011, the festival presented 100 performances on 10 stages drawing 40,000 spectators and participants. This organization also produces a variety of other Jazz concerts, events, and education programs that are bringing creativity back into our schools.


  38 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Santa Clara




Program description

Progressions is all about changing lives by helping low-income, at-risk youth in our community identify, cultivate and celebrate their gifts through music education and performance.

Progressions is an evidence-based, K-12, youth development program that uses music to connect with low-income, at-risk students, challenges them with a rigorous music education program, helps them build a pro-social community, and stays with them until they graduate from high school. The program’s mission is to help keep participants in school, out of gangs, and on the road to becoming better students and contributing citizens.

Developed in 2009 and tested in spring 2011 as a pilot program in the Franklin-McKinley School District, Progressions has worked with over 450 children to date. Currently, the program works with 135 2nd-6th grade students at Santee Elementary School, Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary School and Success Academy, where music education is complemented with supporting resources and opportunities that foster a community of families that actively supports their children’s growth and development.

Booking / scheduling contact

Julie Rinard

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Music
Cultural Origin: African, Asian, European, Latino, Middle Eastern, Multicultural, Native American
Program type: Performance, Student Showcase Opportunities, Workshops & Classes
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: Fine Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Monday – Friday during the school year

Available times:

After school


Franklin-McKinley School District

Fees / Ticketing:

Tuition free