did you know more than 652,308 students of all ages were served last year through jazz at lincoln center's jazz education programs?

Developed under the guiding vision of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, these programs drive our organization's efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. We offer a continuum of jazz education programs that are designed to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults. Students learn about the distinctly American heritage and history of jazz as well as its greatest musicians and compositions.


Discover new masterpieces and hear the classics in an entirely new light as Swing University instructors guide you through jazz's storied past.

Swing University offers students of all ages a chance to learn about jazz, deepen their knowledge of the art form, and listen to some of the greatest music ever put to record. In addition to the flagship 8-week Jazz 101, 201, and 301 courses—designed by Phil Schaap—you can now enhance your live concert experience with a variety of specialty courses, including classes on the Blues, Jazz Vocalists, and Miles Davis.

Fall term
Jazz 101: A Beginner's Guide to Jazz
New Orleans Jazz
History of Jazz Drumming
Winter term
Jazz 101
Jazz 201: A Fan's Guide to Jazz
Women in Jazz
Jazz-Rock Fusion
Spring term

Jazz 101
Jazz 301: An Expert's Guide to Jazz
Jazz Vocalists
Miles Davis

Single classes also available

WeBop is an early childhood education program that offers young children ages eight months to five years a creative outlet for exploring jazz through movement, songs, stories, and play. Children learn about the ideas, instruments, styles, and great performers of jazz. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Lori Custodero, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Fall Term
Sep 18–Nov 11, 2018
Spring Term
Mar 12–May 13, 2019
Winter Term
Jan 8–Mar 3, 2019
Summer Term
Jun 4–Jun 30, 2019
WeBop Family Jazz Parties

Interactive 45-minute concerts featuring a live band, vocalists, and lots of dancing.

Jul 14, 2018 – 1pm & 3pm
Dec 8, 2018 – 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Mar 9, 2019 – 1pm & 3pm

Themes and personnel TBA

Single classes also available