Developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center, WeBop is a jazz education program designed for children 8 months to five years old. Our 45-minute classes engage both the child and caregiver, through live music, dancing, story time and a racially-diverse curriculum. Families learn the core concepts, instruments, and great performers of Jazz, a vital Black American art form. 

This is a really special early music education experience. Your child will be exposed to a new genre of music as well as instruments. They are wonderful with children!
— WeBop Parent

Every 4 weeks, a live band joins the class. Super fun!

2018-19 SESSIONS
Seattle JazzED offers a fall, winter and spring WeBop session. Each session is eight weeks, with two live-band weeks at Week 4 and Week 8. Students progress throughout the terms and age groups, constantly building on what they have learned.

All WeBop classes require child and adult participation. WeBop is not a drop-off toddler program.

Fall 2018 classes >

  • Saturdays 10:00-10:45 AM with Kelly Clingan and Darrius Willrich (October 6 - November 24)
  • Saturdays 11:00-11:45 AM with Kelly Clingan and Darrius Willrich (October 6 - November 24)

Click here to register YOUR little cutie. 

WeBop classes meet at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood. Click here for map.

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

Sliding Scale Tuition Codes:

  • To pay $215, do not enter any code on registration check-out page, payment plans available
  • To pay $160, enter code ONESIXTY on check-out page, payment plans available
  • To pay $80, enter code EIGHTY on check-out page, payment plans available
  • To pay $45, enter code FORTYFIVE on check-out page, payment plans available

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount, or if you need a full tuition waiver, please contact us and we'll happily create a custom code for you! 

No pandering and no nursery rhymes. Teachers make sure kids and parents get an authentic introduction to the genre by grounding sessions in true jazz.
— New York Magazine

Video > WeBop Story Time

Meet the WeBop Directors

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Kelly Clingan

Kelly is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education.

Kelly is a frequent adjudicator at local and regional jazz festivals, including the Lionel Hampton and Reno Jazz Festivals. She also presents and teaches at regional and national music conferences including JEN, MMEA, HMEA, ASTA, CWU, Arts Schools Network and Berklee City Music.

In 2016, Kelly was named the University of Washington GWSS Alumni of the Year for her work on gender equity in jazz. In 2018, Kelly served on the 'Expanding Opportunities to Learn Jazz in After-school' Taskforce at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis. 

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Darrius Willrich

Darrius Willrich is a trained jazz pianist, a soulful singer, and an intelligent songwriter, with a love for hip-hop. Darrius’ years of experience as an instrumentalist, sideman, leader, producer and recording artist, allow him to paint soul using a rich and diverse sonic palette of warm colors and textures. In addition to his own project the Darrius Willrich Band, he has performed with many projects including Eternity Ministries Church, Michael v Prince Band, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Choklate, Maktub and Big World Breaks.

Questions about WeBop? Please contact us.