Teaching Artists

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KEXP’s Teaching Artist Program connects teachers and nonprofit leaders in the Pacific Northwest with professionals working within the music and radio industries to enrich curriculum and connect with students. We want all young people to feel encouraged to consider and pursue careers in creative industries.


We recognize that there’s an opportunity gap when it comes to access to the arts. KEXP’s Teaching Artist Program is centered on racial equity, which is why we encourage the following partnerships:

  • Title I eligible public schools that are 50%+ BIPOC and 50%+ free/reduced lunch. To see if your school is eligible, check out: Washington State Report Card.

  • Organizations and groups that primarily serve youth of color who are furthest from educational justice.

  • Local artists, especially BIPOC teaching artists who can reflect the identities of the students they are serving. Teachers of color makeup 11.1% of teachers in Washington, while students of color are 45.6% of students in Washington; students of color rarely see their identities represented by their teachers: read more here

We prioritize building relationships with public schools and organizations in Seattle, although we welcome partnerships with other communities within King County. 

Does your school, organization or group meet any one of the partnership criteria above? Please contact engagement@kexp.org or fill out a request form.

  • Martin Sortun Elementary (2018)

  • Catharine Blaine Middle School (2018)

  • Nova High School (2018)

  • Pacific Lutheran University (2019)

  • Franklin High School (2020)

  • Jewish Day School (2020) 

  • Showalter Middle School (2020, 2021, 2022)

  • Career Academy at Truman High School (2020, 2021)

  • TAF@Saghalie (2021)

  • Decatur High School (2021)

  • Jefferson High School (2021)

  • John Muir Elementary (2021, 2022)

  • Alan T Sugiyama High School (2021)

  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary (2022)

  • Seattle Sound Girls (2018)

  • The Residency (2018, 2019)

  • Career and Technical Education Program (2018)

  • Seattle Center (2019)

  • TeenTix Art Fair (2019)

  • Totem Star (2019)

  • Northwest Folklife (2019)

  • After School All Stars (2019)

  • Career Connections at Home (2020)

  • Pacific Science Center - Curiosity at Home (2020)

  • Colorization Collective (2022)


We have teaching artists who are professionals in the following areas:

  • Radio DJing

  • Audio Engineering

  • Videography

  • Music Journalism

  • Broadcast Engineering

  • Music

  • General Music Industry

If you require another type of industry professional working within the music radio industry please specify your area of interest in the Teaching Artist Request Form. We also have capacity to connect students to professionals working within the arts nonprofit sector.


Teaching artist formats include, but are not limited to: 

  • After school clubs

  • Workshops 

  • Panel participation

We offer in-person and virtual classes.


This program is available at no cost to Title I eligible public schools, as capacity allows.


Contact engagement@kexp.org.


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