Who We Are

We were founded in 2010 with one simple mission: Make sure every young person who comes through our doors gets an excellent music education. Our goal? 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.

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.

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.

 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

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 free loaned instruments, is always available.  

A Musical Home

At JazzED students work, learn, and grow together.  You'll connect with your community through public performance, mentoring opportunities and playing with kids from different schools. We strive to ensure that our student body reflects the gender, racial and economic diversity of the whole Seattle region.

The Whole Person

We want you to be not only a successful musician but a successful person.  Along with musical skills, you'll learn focus and teamwork at JazzED.  You'll build confidence through performing and taking creative risks.