No experience required, beginners welcome. Learn from top educators, including choir director, Seattle gospel legend Cora Jackson and percussion director, Tony Sodano from the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline.

Choose from flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, upright bass, guitar, piano & vocals, or drums. Students are reading music and playing songs within weeks. Parents can look forward to performances throughout the year.

The tuition for Jazz Prep Ensembles is pay-what-you-can. See below for sliding scale options! Enter code WAIVER at registration to participate for FREE.

Wondering what Seattle JazzED is all about? Click here to learn more about us and our mission to make sure every young person who comes through our doors gets an excellent music education.

JazzED is incredibly valuable to your child’s education and personal growth. Plus it is so much fun for them and the whole family!
— JazzED Parent

You can learn to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, upright bass, guitar, piano, drums OR vocals in the Jazz Prep Ensembles. Different ensembles rehearse at different times. 

Mondays and Wednesdays. 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Piano & Choir Prep Ensemble (piano and vocals) with Darrius Willrich, Cora Jackson and Sherrell Mitchell

    • Every student will have 30 minutes in small group choir, 30 minutes in small group piano, and 30 minutes in large choir.

Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • String Prep Ensemble (upright bass and guitar) with Kelsey Mines // SOLD OUT

  • Percussion Prep Ensemble (drums) with Tony Sodano

 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Brass Prep Ensemble (trumpet and trombone) with Ricardo Luna

  • Woodwind Prep Ensemble (flute, clarinet, and saxophone) with Dan Wickham // SOLD OUT



  • Jazz Prep Ensemble classes begin the week of October 1, 2018 and run through Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

  • No classes on Oct 31, Nov 12, Nov 19-23,
    Dec 24-31, Jan 1-4, Jan 21, Jan 30, Feb 18-22, March 21, April 8-12.


  • Mini-Performance: Thursday, December 13th at 6:30pm at JazzED in the MLK FAME auditorium. Dress rehearsal on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30pm.

  • Final performance: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the location TBD.

Ensembles rehearse at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood. Click here for a map.

The encouragement and support our daughter has received from the staff and students in the Jazz Prep Ensembles has been life-changing for her.
— JazzED Parent

We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the sliding scale payment that works for you! 

  • $235 per month, do not enter any code

  • $135 per month, enter code ONETHIRTYFIVE

  • $50 per month, enter code FIFTY

  • $25 per month, enter code TWENTYFIVE

  • Full tuition waiver, enter code WAIVER

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer.

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

Students can play an instrument they already own or rent, but please check with us before you register to ensure that it's part of our curriculum. Seattle JazzED can loan instruments free of charge to students who need assistance. To inquire, contact us.

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to register. No previous musical experience required. Please register your student(s) online HERE. You should receive a confirmation email from our online registration system when you complete registration.

Please review our cancellation policy

Please email Program Manager, Robert Babs, at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).