SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy


Jessica Messere, Manager
Ulysses Owens, Jr., Artistic Educator in Residence
Erez Dessel, 2020-2021 SMF Jazz Academy Music Director Fellow

SMF Jazz Academy aims to empower the whole student by instilling life-long skills of academic, social, and musical achievement. SMF Jazz Academy is completely free to all Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students, open to all music levels, and conducted virtually for 2020-2021.

SMF Jazz Academy is offering a new instrument for its virtual beginners: the melodica! Beginning level students will learn jazz on the melodica, a wind instrument with a small keyboard controlling a row of reeds, and a mouthpiece at one end. Intermediate/Advanced students will learn how to play jazz on either saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, or drums.

Participants of Fall 2020 SMF Jazz Academy receive:

  • Instrument Rental (if needed)
  • Weekly Private Lessons (Intermediate & Advanced students)
  • Jazz History & Listening Class
  • Jazz Composition & Music Technology Class
  • Weekly Delivered Snack Packs
  • Virtual Performance Opportunities
    …and MUCH MORE!

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, SMF Jazz Academy’s program site was held at the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary. SCCPSS and 21st Century Learning Centers have been gracious to allow a partnership for the use of their facilities and resources.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

SMF Jazz Academy is made possible by generous supporters and sponsors.
Thank you!
Ron & Susan Whitaker, founding sponsors
Investment in SMF Jazz Academy is provided by the City of Savannah
Sponsored by Marla & Morris Geffen, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Walter Lynch & May Wall, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and Anne P. West
Sponsored in part by The Hodge Foundation, Junior Jazz Foundation and Widespread Panic’s Tunes for Tots
Partial support provided by Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Kole Management Company, The Krystal Foundation, Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon and United Community Bank