What Is WeBop?

In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Jazz at Lincoln Center has canceled all concerts, performances and classes in Frederick P. Rose Hall, The House of Swing, effective immediately through May 16, 2020.

If you are registered for a Swing University or WeBop class during this time period, we respectfully request that you consider donating the remaining value of your registration to JALC in support of the institution and the jazz musicians we employ during the period of closure. Please consider one of the following options and at your convenience contact us with your preference.
• Donate the value of your credit as a tax-deductible contribution.
• Request a refund to your original method of payment for the remaining balance of your class registration.

For the fastest service, please email us at customerservice@jazz.org or webop@jazz.org with your preference from the above options. You may also call us at 212-258-9877 (between the hours of 11:00AM-5:00PM, Mon-Fri) if you have any questions; due to an anticipated high call volume it may take longer than normal to get back in touch with you.

WeBop is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s award-winning early-childhood jazz education program for children ages eight months to five years, which invites families to stomp, strut, and swing to the joyous rhythms of jazz! We strongly believe in children’s natural ability to improvise and we are committed to exploring their creativity through fun interactive classes!

“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

 

“I love how everything is so age appropriate and interactive. I feel like I can take what we did in class and apply it at home in a modified way, using play lists or scatting since my child likes to babble right now. It’s great!”

WeBop Parent

Our curriculum combines early childhood developmentally appropriate practices and jazz pedagogy to provide musically authentic experiences. Like jazz musicians, WeBoppers move freely within a commonly understood structure, an environment that encourages all to participate in an improvisatory spirit, each contributing in their own way to create a unique ensemble.

WeBop is organized in 8-week terms, and each class is led by an instructor with the support from a piano accompanist. Classes incorporate both live and recorded music that provide opportunities to explore jazz through movement, songs, storytelling and playing small percussion instruments. In addition to these activities, guest musicians visit the class twice per term (weeks 4 and 8) to introduce families to a live jazz band, reinforcing the repertoire and concepts learned in class. We offer 4 different thematic terms where families will learn about the core concepts, instruments, styles, and great performers of jazz.

Classes are 45-minute long are structured as a child-adult experience.  WeBop is not a child drop-off program.

Not available for a full WeBop term?

Join us for our Single Classes or our Family Jazz Party concerts!

WeBop is produced in collaboration with Lori Custodero, Teachers College, Columbia University.