WeBop is an early-childhood jazz education program for youngsters 8 months to 5 years of age, which provides a creative outlet for children and their caretakers to explore jazz through movement, songs, storytelling and play. The curriculum, created in collaboration with Dr. Lori Custodero, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, is based on a combination of early childhood developmental practice and jazz pedagogy. Through a partnership with a Head Start school in Washington Heights, Jazz at Lincoln Center offers 18 WeBop classes annually, free of charge.
Launched concurrently with the opening of Frederick P. Rose Hall, WeBop is an early-childhood jazz education program that lets youngsters stomp, strut and swing to the rhythms of jazz as they learn about the core concepts, instruments, and great performers of jazz along with their parents or caregivers. The 45-minute classes offer a creative outlet for children to explore jazz through movement, songs, storytelling and play. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Lori Custodero, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, the classes are grouped according to age, with the youngest level for 8 to 16 months old - the oldest level is for ages 4 and 5. For the 2011-12 season, eight-week classes will take place in the fall, winter and spring with such themes as “ABCs of Jazz,” “Meet the Jazz Band,” and “Making Jazz Friends.” In total, 54 classes will be offered, reaching more than 500 children and parents. In addition, we will continue to offer free WeBop classes through a Head Start school in Washington Heights.