Posts Tagged ‘Progressions’

Field Trip: SJZ Progressions Students Visit SF Symphony Youth Orchestra

May 10, 2017

This guest post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard recaps the field trip Progressions students recently took to see an open dress rehearsal by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Thanks to the support of Haynes & Boone, LLP, Santa Clara Vanguard and San Jose Jazz, Progressions students and family members took a field trip to watch the dress rehearsal of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra last Saturday. Progressions brass instructor and former member of …

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Fall Update from Progressions Director Julie Rinard

November 17, 2016

 This fall, Progressions officially launched its fourth site, an advanced track at Bridges Academy. It includes participants who have been a part of Progressions for three-plus years, bringing together 20 students from Meadows Elementary School, Santee Elementary School, Bridges Academy, CCA (College Connection Academy) and Ace Franklin-McKinley. Instrumentation for the new track includes saxophone and baritone (in addition to the existing clarinet, flute, trombone and trumpet). We look forward to seeing how the new instruments …

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Progressions: March 2015 Update

March 10, 2015

Progressions has been busy this past month! Our Intermediate Band recently had a double coming-out party, so to speak, and this past Saturday Progressions students got to watch renowned pianist Alexander Ghindin play a triple encore solo piano concert at Foothill College thanks to a partnership with the Steinway Society of the Bay Area. Saturday, February 28 18 Intermediate Band kids performed to a supportive crowd at the Mayor’s Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit …

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Spring 2015: What’s On Deck for Progressions

February 1, 2015

Progressions students and staff been hard at work these past few months. The fall semester culminated with a full house Nucleo performance on Saturday, December 6 at Santee Elementary School featuring 125 proud Progressions students. The intermediate band played the entire version of The Sky and Jingle Bells, our beginning band gave their first ever public performance, our 2nd and 3rd grade singers sang Hip-Hop Reindeer, a cool holiday tune that got the crowd on …

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Progressions Begins the 2014/15 School Year

October 24, 2014

At the close of the Progressions 2014 summer session, the band kids were asked to return their instruments for cleaning and repair. Most did so with a sense of reluctance. Some were mysteriously absent on that last day and had to be tracked down. I understand–by August these kids had become very good friends with their instruments. As annoyed as I was at having to coordinate this extra effort, you can’t really blame the kids …

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Notes from the Classroom (and Beyond)

September 24, 2014

Progressions Director Julie Rinard periodically shares her student interactions with us, as part of the San Jose Jazz blog. In this update, she summarizes the vision behind Progressions, and shares the newly-kindled musical interest of one of her new students, Francisco. Many of the kids we work with come from unspeakably grim home environments and have shared difficult life stories that most of us would not allow ourselves to fully imagine. Amidst these challenges, many …

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Progressions in Focus: “When You Know Me by Name”

September 4, 2014

Progressions Director Julie Rinard periodically shares her student interactions with us, as part of the San Jose Jazz blog. In this update, she recalls how introducing two students helped to finally resolve an ongoing conflict. A male student from Success Academy has a trumpet that his father gave him. He is proud of that instrument and guards it with his life, so when a student from Santee kicked it the second day of camp, he …

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Progressions in Focus: Just When You Think You Have Someone Figured Out

September 4, 2014

Progressions Director Julie Rinard periodically shares stories about interactions with her students, which we post on our blog. Below, Julie recounts the program finally getting through to a troublemaker. Jesus is a kid who knows how to get under your skin. He is intransigent, an odd mix of apparent apathy and a bully. Throughout the entire 2014 spring semester at Santee Elementary School, Jesus was a daily distraction in brass class and his instrument teacher …

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Progressions In Focus: “When I Close My Eyes”

September 4, 2014

In this guest post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard, she recounts how eager her students were to begin their instrument training on recorder. Forty-nine kids attended the Progressions Summer Music Camp. Of those 49 kids, 27 signed up for the weekly music classes in July and August. The environment for the classes was relaxed, an opportunity to get to know students better and enjoy spending time together. The first portion of class was dedicated to bucket …

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New Beginnings: Launching First Progressions Summer Music Program

June 10, 2014

This is a guest blog post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard, who we feature on the blog periodically to provide an insider’s look at our Progressions initiative. In this post, she previews our inaugural Progressions Summer Music Program, which kicks off in less than a week. At this time last year, the Progressions spring semester had ended. I said my good byes to the students and knew we would not see each other until again …

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