Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Seattle JazzED
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Seattle JazzED is your home for excellent music education. We welcome students in grades 4-12 at all levels. Any student can start their instrumental or vocal music education at Seattle JazzED and continue through high school graduation. Students and families can expect:
  • An excellent music education with a comprehensive curriculum taught by dedicated, professional instructors.
  • To get the tools you need to learn and grow at JazzED. Sliding scale tuition, as well as a free loaned instrument, is always available.
  • To work, learn, and grow together building a musical community reflecting the gender, racial, and economic diversity of the greater Seattle area.
  • To learn courage, compassion and creativity. Jazz music teaches a lot more than the notes on the page!

Contact Information

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Last Name
3201 E Republican St
Address 2
206 324-5299

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
Pre-K, K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Jazz: Singing, Playing general music instruments, History/Cultural Context


Previous School Partnerships
Alki Elementary, Seattle Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Seattle Billings Middle School, Seattle Cascade K-8 Community School, Shoreline Cedar Way Elementary, Mountlake Terrace Covington Elementary, Kent Dearborn Park Elementary, Seattle Dunlap Elementary, Seattle Eastside Academy, Bellevue Mt. Erie Elementary, Anacortes Fidalgo Elementary, Anacortes Gatewood Elementary, Seattle George Daniel Elementary, Kent Giddens School, Seattle Glenridge Elementary, Kent Hawthorne Elementary, Seattle Hazelwood Elementary, Newcastle Highlands Elementary, Renton Horizon Elementary, Kent Island View Elementary, Anacortes Jackson Elementary, Everett Jewish Day School, Bellevue John Hay Elementary, Seattle John Rogers Elementary, Seattle Kimball Elementary, Seattle Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle Madrona Elementary, Seattle Maple Elementary, Seattle Marvista Elementary, Normandy Park McGilvra Elementary, Seattle McMicken Elementary, SeaTac MLK Jr. Elementary, Seattle Montlake Eementary, Seattle Mount View Elementary, Seattle Seattle Nativity School, Seattle Olympic Hills Elementary, Seattle Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School, Seattle Puget Sound Day School, Seattle Queen Anne Elementary, Seattle Rainier Prep, Seattle Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, Seattle Roxhill Elementary, Seattle Scenic Hill Elementary, Kent Seattle Nativity School, Seattle Stevens Elementary, Seattle St. Therese Catholic Academy, Seattle Syre Elementary, Shoreline The Bush School, Seattle The Valley School, Seattle Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Seattle Van Asselt Elementary, Seattle Westhill Elementary, Seattle West Seattle Elementary, Seattle Whittier Elementary, Seattle Woodin Elementary, Bothell
Other Trainings or Certifications
WeBop certification by Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample #1 - WeBop: Little ones ages 8 months - 5 years stomp, strut and swing to joyous rhythms of jazz. Babies and toddlers get their musical start with WeBop. 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. Sample #2 - JazzED In-School Residency Description: You have the students and the classroom. We bring the curriculum, teacher a nd equipment. What we offer to partner schools:
    • exciting pre-K and K-8 curriculum focused on America’s Music

    • class schedule tailored to fit your needs

    • music teacher with classroom experience

    • all supplies provided

    • music program that fits your budget

    • peace of mind (and happy families!)

Our Pre-K and K-8 Curriculum Core Tenets:

1. Jazz is a Black American art form shared by all cultures domestically and internationally.

●      Our curriculum gives students a musical foundation through the rich, historical lens of jazz.

●      Students learn about the origins of jazz as a uniquely American art form, including the history of jazz and blues and the ways that jazz continues to influence music created today.

●      Students learn to appreciate and understand the importance of past and present artists and composers in many genres, including jazz, Latin music, hip hop, popular music, world music, and Western classical music.

2. Jazz uses improvisation and individual interpretations as a powerful means of expression.

●      Ours is an active music-making curriculum that aligns with the National Core Arts Standards of Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting.

●      Through improvisation and individual interpretation, students develop self-expression and understand how music can tell stories and even affect social change.

●      JazzED K-8 dovetails effectively with further instrumental and choral instruction at the secondary level.

Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development
We offer teacher professional development in the following areas: -Racial equity in the music classroom -Gender equity in the music classroom -Teaching improvisation at any age -Teaching jazz

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Jazz is a Black American art form and we believe that a jazz experience is critical for SPS students. Seattle JazzED education director Kelly Clingan, former Washington Middle School band director, will help you design a class that matches your student and curricular needs. You’ll find us flexible, responsive, and a joy to partner with.    
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Social Studies American History Black American History
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
General Music Beginning Vocals Beginning Instrumental Music Improvisation Blues lyric composition Performance skills
Testimonials from Schools
“JazzED is a welcome addition to Rainier Prep’s campus. This is most students’ first chance for music education and already several have sought opportunities for more, outside of school. The JazzED team have been flexible, enthusiastic and always ready to make this the best possible experience for Rainier Prep students.”
— Joan Hsiao, Rainier Prep School Administrator
“Thank you so much again for coming out to Hazelwood today! You truly provided an amazing and unique live music experience for our scholars. I’ve been getting so much positive feedback about what a great assembly it was. I hope we can have you back again soon! ”
— Kerry, Renton School District
“Thank you so much for the amazing workshop. I know the students got a lot out of it as did I.”
— Christopher Angelos, Band Director at Mariner High School


$100 per hour of student contact. Please inquire about sliding-scale fees if you want services for a Title 1 school.


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JazzED Drumline Project Ensemble
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JazzED students get their start in music working with excellent educators.
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JazzED beginner choir students perform.
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JazzED beginner piano students play their final concert of the season.
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Summer Jazz Prep Camp ends on a high note.


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Students talk about what it's like to be part of JazzED.
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Mateo, a JazzED student, finds a home in music at JazzED.
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Ava finds her musical family at JazzED.