Progressions - San Jose Jazz

Progressions

Our music education & youth empowerment program provides the benefits of music education

Changing lives through music

Progressions is an El Sistema-based and culturally responsive music and youth development program that is all about changing lives by helping low-income, at-promise youth in our community identify, cultivate and celebrate their gifts through music education and performance.

Progressions is the only youth music program funded by the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force

An evidence-based program, Progressions uses music to connect with students, challenge them with a rigorous music education, help them build a pro-social community and stays with them through eighth grade. The program’s mission is to narrow the opportunity gap for at-promise students, expand equitable access to the arts for all, and advocating for music education as a necessary core subject for a well-rounded and inclusive 21st-century education.

In the first six months of the 2019-20 school year, we reached 1,000 students in six Title 1 school sites in the Franklin-McKinley School District with instrument training, ensembles, homework support and mentoring.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic closed schools and put the program on hiatus, we’ve continued to work with our students via home learning packets, videos and online events. We hope to renew instrument training and ensembles in 2020-21. 

Work with us!

We currently seek a music educator/mentor to join our Progressions after school music program team at Windmill Springs School in the Franklin-McKinley School District. Our mission? To advocate for equitable music education for all students, and to empower families and communities through music education and performance.

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Progressions Program Overview

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THE PROGRESSIONS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN AMAZING ASSET AND OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY. WITHOUT IT, FEW KIDS WOULD EVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE EXPOSED TO MUSIC EDUCATION AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE AND DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR OVERALL PERSONAL GROWTH. I BELIEVE FOR SOME, PROGRESSIONS IS THEIR HOPE, THEIR ESCAPE, THEIR PLACE TO SUCCEED. AND THAT IS PRICELESS.

– Magdelena Moore, Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary Principal

Program contact:
Hugo Garcia, Progressions Director
hugog@sanjosejazz.org
408 713-6366

Donate an Instrument

With your donations, we look to secure enough instruments to continue to provide a free instrument to all students that want to participate in Progressions

See you August 13-15, 2021 for the next Summer Fest!

We regret that we have been forced to cancel the 2020 Fest, due to the uncertainty and overriding public health concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer Fest is a beloved, 30 years-strong tradition and we are committed to bringing it back next year, stronger than ever.

In the meantime, we urge all of you to stay home, and stay safe. Check out the calendar for our new, online events including “Live From Home.’ As soon as public health standards allow, we’ll resume our weekly, co-sponsored Session at Five Points and South First Friday programming.

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