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

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FALL 2018 SESSION
OCTOBER 6 - NOVEMBER 24

with Kelly Clingan and Eric Verlinde

Choose your class:

  • Saturdays, 10:00-10:45 AM

  • Saturdays, 11:00-11:45 AM

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

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.

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


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

*WeBop: Saturday, Nov 10 classes are being held at Meter Music, 2110 E Union St.

TUITION
We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies.

  • To pay $215, do not enter any code on registration check-out page

  • To pay $160, enter code ONESIXTY

  • To pay $120, enter code ONETWENTY

  • To pay $80, enter code EIGHTY

  • To pay $45, enter code FORTYFIVE

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!

REGISTRATION
Register online HERE. You should receive a confirmation email from our online registration system Active.com when you complete registration. If you don't receive a confirmation email from Active.com, please contact us to insure we have your registration. 

Please review our cancellation policy


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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Eric Verlinde

Pianist Eric Verlinde has excited audiences worldwide with his energetic and passionate performances. He is in high demand and is constantly performing, refining the sound and creating new music. His different groups create music that is creative, spontaneous, superbly structured and melodic. Currently, he works with Josephine Howell at El Gaucho, The EntreMundos Quarteto (a Brazilian samba ensemble) and a number of top Northwest musicians.

He has played music with legends like: Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Mark Murphy, Luis Conte, Thelma Huston, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Cattlet, Bryan Lynch, Hadley Caliman, Francine Reed, Bobby Medina, Thomas Marriott and Bill Waltrous.


Questions about WeBop? Please contact us.