What We're About at Seattle JazzED
A little background
Seattle JazzED is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which was founded in 2010 by Laurie de Koch, Shirish Mulherkar, Clarence Acox and Robert Knatt. Laurie wanted kids to get great music education opportunities, regardless of what school they went to or how much money they had.
JazzED started out with two jazz ensembles that met weekly. Since then, the roster of programs has grown to include many more ensembles, masterclasses, a summer program, vocal jazz, strings improv workshops, combo training, an all-city girls band and jam sessions. Now over 500 students from 70+ different schools come through the doors every year.
Seattle JazzED empowers students of all skill levels and backgrounds to realize their full potential through exceptional music education.
Racial Equity Statement
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 by keeping issues of racial equity centered in our work. We will strive to understand, support and reflect the communities that we serve.
What We Do
Programs and Financial Aid
Seattle JazzED's year round music programs include big band ensembles, master classes, workshops and summer camps. We're known for innovative educational initiatives like the New Works Ensemble, the Girls Ellington Project and the Summer Jazz Ambassadors program. We offer financial aid and payment plans for every single program. You can read a more detailed overview of our programs here. And you can learn more about how to apply for financial aid here.
If you're still not sure where to start, contact us and we'll walk you through it.
What We Value
It's not just about jazz.
JazzED offers excellent music education by engaging dedicated, professional instructors and a comprehensive curriculum that challenges our students to reach their full potential as musicians.
JazzED provides education to all, regardless of ability to pay. Through prudent fiscal management and resource development, we ensure our program can provide significant assistance to all families. We actively recruit under-served students with the goal of having an inclusive and diverse community.
JazzED is a community of music students from diverse backgrounds who work and learn together. JazzED also seeks to develop citizenship by providing students with opportunities to perform, volunteer and mentor in the broader community.
JazzED instills in our students a set of values that creates not only successful musicians but successful human beings. Along with musical skills, our students learn the values of discipline, focus and teamwork. Through numerous performance opportunities, students also learn to take risks and conquer fear.