Seattle JazzED is YOUR home for excellent music education.
We believe any student who wants to play should get to play. Maybe that’s you?
A bit about us. At Seattle JazzED we welcome students in grades 4-12 at all levels. You can play or sing in an ensemble, take a one-day workshop, spend a week in the summer honing skills…or all three!
You may already know Seattle JazzED from some of our one-of-a-kind programs: The New Works Ensemble directed by composer Wayne Horvitz; or the Girls Ellington Project, Seattle's premier all-city girls' jazz band; or maybe Summer Jazz Ambassadors, a tour-de-force ensemble with training in public speaking and mentoring.
Or maybe you’ve never heard of us until now. That’s cool too!
Here’s what you need to know: Any student can start their instrumental or vocal music education at Seattle JazzED and continue through high school graduation. We’ll take you the whole way. (You can even travel.) Check out the Jazz Prep Ensembles for Beginners to get started.
Do you already play music, or sing, and have for years? We’ve got plenty of opportunities for you too.
For a FULL list of programs currently open for enrollment, visit the Getting Started page (recommended).
If you need help figuring out where you fit in, contact us. We’d love to help you.
P.S. Don’t let cost keep you from participating. At Seattle JazzED you always choose your tuition level. Flexible payment plans and full tuition waivers are also available, no questions asked. We’re able to offer sliding scale prices because our community of families pay what they can and our community of donors give what they can.
You might be wondering: Why should I play jazz?
Good question! So glad you asked. We love jazz* because it’s a quintessential Black American art form shared across America and the world.
What’s more, in jazz you get to improvise and interpret music. It’s a powerful way to express yourself! With jazz you collaborate with your bandmates—you are responsible for each other and the performance you’re working toward. Because jazz is an improvisational music, you get comfortable with taking some creative risks and trying out new ideas. Jazz requires you to get curious, focus in and listen closely to your peers (and they’ll do the same for you.)
[To get a goose-bump inducing take on this, watch the video with Wynton Marsalis above.]
Plus we have a lot of jazz history here! As a JazzED student you’re in league with Seattle’s rich jazz tradition, which stretches from Seattle’s early Jackson Street jazz scene with Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and Ernestine Anderson, to the smooth jazz of Kenny G, through to the improvisational jazz of Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, and Industrial Revelation. You can be part of this legacy. We’d love to have you.
*While we (obviously) are super into jazz and it’s even in our name, it’s not 100% straight-up jazz here. Depending on the the ensemble or program, you may sing a gospel song, prepare a new composition (written last week!), play funk music, hone your drumline skills or solo in a Latin combo.
Our promise to you…
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 instrument, 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.
Commitment to the Whole Person
Jazz music teaches a lot more than the notes on the page! You'll learn focus, teamwork, and gain confidence from taking creative risks.
If this sounds good to you, get started today.
We’re committed to equality.
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.