Jazz Education Resources

  • A Passion for Jazz – History of jazz music origins, styles, and musicians featuring timeline, glossary, photos, festivals, webcasts, guitar & piano chords, scales, online lessons, and teacher locator
  • Boxley Music Fund – A non-profit organization established to support live jazz music programs for performance and education within the Greater Snoqualmie Valley and beyond.
  • Cornish College of the Arts – Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in the performing and visual arts, multiple public programs, and extension courses.
  • Edmonds Community College – The Music Department provides students a wide range of opportunities to learn music and grow as a performer. Student ensembles at Edmonds Community College have numerous performance opportunities throughout the academic year, including Jazz Band and Jazz Workshops.
  • Essentially Ellington at Jazz at Lincoln Center – A free program for high school jazz bands that aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives, and inspire performance.
  • Ev Stern’s Jazz Workshop – The workshop, which is organized into eight-week sessions, was created in 1994 to help aspiring jazz musicians of all ages, levels, and instruments attain their goals.
  • Garfield High School Jazz – Garfield High School Jazz is one of the truly outstanding high school jazz programs anywhere in the world. There are three bands in the program: Bands I and II are directed by Clarence Acox, and Band III is directed by Jacob Zimmerman.
  • Greta Matassa Workshop – The Seattle-based vocalist offers various workshops, including Jazz Singer Workshop, Vocal Bootcamp, Rhythm Section Performance, and Scat/Improv Series. She also offers private lessons and practice aids.
  • Jazz Education Network – Dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.
  • Jazz Everyone – Compiled by the late, great bebopper Willie Thomas, Jazz Everyone offers lessons, videos, and playbacks for musicians of all levels.
  • Jazz Night School – A non-profit organization offering year-round ensembles and instruction for aspiring jazz musicians – instrumentalists and vocalists – of all ages
  • Jazz Port Townsend – Whether you’re a journeyman performer, aspiring professional, or an enthusiastic beginner, the week-long workshop at Jazz Port Townsend, held in the summer, is the perfect opportunity to meet other excellent musicians, soak up a week of jazz in a seaside paradise, and leave as a better musician.
  • JAZZed Magazine – A publication created for jazz educators which provides practical, hands-on information to help school and independent music educators teach jazz to high school and college students.
  • Lead Cat Press – Music education for guitarists
  • Learn Jazz Piano – Jazz piano forums, articles, and other jazz resources
  • Maple Leaf Music Space – A collaborative music education space located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle. Directed by Ev Stern, the Music Space provides workshops, private lessons, and jam sessions to local musicians of all ages, instrument and styles.
  • Music Works Northwest – A non-profit community music school offering music lessons, music therapy, and performance experiences for all ages, located minutes from downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue.
  • Off the Wall School of Music – Provides “the funnest” music lessons in Seattle for piano, guitar, drums, bass, voice, and violin.
  • Roosevelt High School Jazz – Led by Scott Brown, Roosevelt Jazz is part of the dynamic performing arts department at Roosevelt High School, a public school in Seattle. The program consists of three instrumental big bands and one vocal jazz group, all supported by the Roosevelt Jazz Booster Club.
  • Seattle Central Community College – The Music Department at Seattle Central College provides an inspiring environment that engages all students and ensures that music serves as an essential element in the college’s intellectual, experiential, and cultural life. The Department advocates a dynamic variety of approaches to music, including individual and collective expression, performance, observation, analysis, and reflection.
  • Seattle Drum School – Founded in 1986, the Seattle Drum School has established itself as the premier vocational music school for drum set, guitar, bass, voice, piano, horns, and musical studies in the Northwest. From beginners through professionals we offer private and group instruction for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
  • Seattle Jazz Experience – A two-day festival for high school and college jazz students, produced by Cornish College of the Arts, in association with Seattle JazzED, Earshot Jazz, and the Seattle Center.
  • Seattle JazzED – Seattle JazzED offers year-round music programs including big band ensembles, master classes, workshops and summer camps, and is known for innovative educational initiatives.
  • Shoreline Community CollegeThe Music Department at Shoreline Community College, with over 20 faculty members, is the largest among the state’s community colleges, allowing a student to choose from a full range of offerings, including jazz history, popular music theory, private and group vocal and instrumental instruction, music appreciation, and more, as well as 13 performing groups which include the Shoreline Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Chorale, and jazz combos.
  • The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music – The School of Jazz at The New School, founded in 1986, is one of the most influential institutions of its kind. The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor approach to learning, its progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and our access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City.
  • Tacoma Jazz Association – A non-profit organization established to support live jazz music programs for performance and education within the greater Tacoma region.
  • Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz – The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit education organization, was founded in 1986, with the mission to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college-level training by America’s jazz masters and to present public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the globe.
  • University of Washington School of Music – The UW School of Music is committed to studying and performing the greatest music of all time, and to pioneer new directions in creating the music of today.
  • The Vera Project – The Vera Project fuels personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art, including workshops in drum tuning, live sound, and private classes.

Local Jazz Instructors

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