New Students

Beginning, intermediate, or advanced

Jazz Night School provides innovative music education designed for adults. Enjoy quality instruction for all skill levels - fun, supportive, and judgement-free. Whether you are a curious beginner or a seasoned performer, we have a place for you.

Schedule a skills assessment

We strongly encourage all new students to schedule a complimentary skills assessment so we can help you figure out the best place to start. This is NOT an audition, but a conversation about your musical experiences, goals, and interests.

Jazz Night School prides itself in placing students into ensembles and classes that will provide challenge while remaining accessible to their skill level. See Jazz Night School's Small Jazz Ensemble Levels Matrix for reference. 

If you want to begin now, but we're currently mid-session, we recommend scheduling a skills assessment now and we can help you get started!

In-person learning

If you are fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask at all times while indoors, Jazz Night School is excited to welcome you back for In-Person Combos

Online learning

Jazz Night School provides Live Online Classes and Online Combos and we welcome students from all locations. Using Jamulus and Zoom, students are able to PLAY together even when they can't BE together. 

What is it like to learn with us?

As a student at Jazz Night School, you'll be part of a friendly, supportive community that shares a love and deep appreciation for jazz music in all its various forms. Your development as a musician is our primary educational goal. Whatever your skill level, our program can help you improve your musicianship and discover your own unique musical voice. For new students, we provide a complimentary introductory session that includes a skills assessment. This session gives you a chance to share your goals and interests and helps us point you to the most appropriate offerings. Each quarter we offer a wide variety of classes and workshops on improvisation, harmony, ear-training, and specialized topics. Our online classes feature lots of discussion and opportunity for questions and answers. There are no grades at Jazz Night School; rather, instructors give each student individual feedback on an ongoing basis. Everyone's effort is valued. When public health restrictions are relaxed, we will return to offering group ensemble opportunities that culminate in a short performance at a local nightclub. This is a fun-filled evening where friends and family come to applaud student efforts and cheer them on to new heights of musical expression!

We understand that most of our students have important life commitments such as work and family. There may be days that you have to deal with a sick child or a pressing work deadline and you aren't able to put in as much practice time as you would have liked. We get it. Our goal is to support your musical aspirations at whatever pace you are able to sustain at this time in your life.

“I am working to become a proficient, artistic player. Jazz Night School gives me real experience in this direction.”


Jazz Night School instructors are some of the finest musicians and educators in Seattle’s vibrant jazz community. Some have learned their art through old school traditions and others have studied at premier institutions such as Berklee College of Music, Eastman, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and University of Miami. 



Please contact us through our website or call us at (206) 722-6061 if you have any questions.