Seattle JazzED was founded in 2010 with one simple mission: Make sure every young person who comes through our doors gets an excellent music education.
Our goal is that every JazzED student will experience the life-changing magic of teamwork, accountability, confidence, and empowerment that comes from a dedicated education in the quintessentially Black American art form that is Jazz.
Who We Serve
Grades 4-12 are welcomed at all levels, to audition for a jazz band ensemble, take a one-day workshop, or spend a week in summer honing skills. Or all three!
Not to toot our own horn but we are known for some awesome educational opportunities, from the New Works Ensemble directed by renowned composer Wayne Horvitz; to the Girls Ellington Project, Seattle's premier all-city girls' jazz band; to Summer Jazz Ambassadors, a multiage swingin' summer band with training in public speaking and mentoring.
Have little ones? Kids ages 8 months to 5 years can move and groove at WeBop, our early-childhood class for babies and toddlers.
JazzED at a Glance
900+ students served annually
113 schools from 74 zip codes represented
42% of students receive a loaner instrument and/or scholarship
Kudos: 2017 National Jazz Hero Award from Jazz Journalists Association, 2015 Seattle Mayor's Arts Award, 2014 Golden Ear Award from Earshot Jazz.
Our Commitment to Equity
Seattle JazzED believes that achievement of our core mission - to empower ALL students with exceptional music education - requires an organization-wide commitment to dismantle systemic racism, sexism and economic inequality by keeping issues of equity centered in our work. We will strive to understand, support and reflect the communities that we serve.
What We Value
It's about more than jazz.
Excellence in Education
Expect an excellent music education with a comprehensive curriculum taught by dedicated, professional instructors.
An Open Door
You can get the tools you need to learn and grow at JazzED. Sliding scale tuition, as well as a free loaned instruments, is always available.
A Musical Home
JazzED students work, learn, and grow together building a musical community reflecting the gender, racial, and economic diversity of the greater Seattle area.
The Whole Person
Jazz music teaches a lot more than Jazz! You'll learn focus, teamwork, and the confidence that comes from taking creative risks.