The Ellensburg Strum-Along series continues in 2020!

Make Music Ellensburg

Jan Jaffe, Director & Teacher


"Miss Jan" is an experienced, certificated teacher and performing singer-songwriter living in Ellensburg, Washington. She has a Master of Music Education from Central Washington University with experience teaching private lessons, K-12 music classes, community ensembles, summer camps, and a variety of musical workshops.

Jan is especially passionate about sharing music with people who "always wanted to learn" or "never thought it was possible."

See Jan's professional profile at .



Music is for everyone. 

Music participation should be available to all people regardless of age, skill, or circumstance.

Enjoying, creating, & sharing music produces healthier, happier people. Our hearts & minds are opened, bodies are challenged & strengthened, & spirits find new ways to connect. Music also has a subtle way of encouraging problem-solving, self-esteem, self-discipline & responsibility. In short, music is important!

Classes & Lessons


We offer a range of lessons, classes, workshops, ensembles, & relaxed gatherings - as well as referrals to other teachers & opportunities.

See our current offerings on the class Calendar. Ongoing: private lessons for all ages (guitar, piano, voice, ukulele).

Past examples: guitar classes, songwriting workshops, preschool music classes, a class for parents of music students, a drum set workshop, sing- & play-alongs, student appreciation events, & more!


Child Private Lessons

"Our children started at ages 5 and 7 taking piano lessons from Jan, and thrived under her instruction. Jan is patient, energetic, great with kids, and musically talented in the extreme. I highly recommend her as a music teacher!" 

- Jorji K., 2013 

(Click here to see the original review on LinkedIn)

Families Learning Together

"Jan is a positive force in all lives she touches. I have never felt braver trying music than under Jan's guidance. And my 6 year old is flourishing in his Ukulele lessons with 'Miss Jan.'" 

- Heather H., 2018 

(Click here to see the original review on Facebook)

Preschool Music Explorers

"Miss Jan is an incredible teacher! She really connects with the kids and makes music fun for everyone." - Anna K., 2018 

(Click here to see the original review on Facebook)

" Miss Jan is so creative, talented and kind and I would highly recommend her preschool music class to anyone! She creates such a warm atmosphere and a fun learning environment. 😊 " - Holly G., 2018

(Click here to see the original review on Facebook)

Adult Private Lessons

"Jan is an excellent music teacher. She brings her expert skills and positive energy to make a fun learning environment. I am currently taking guitar and voice lessons from Jan and have not just learned a great deal, but enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend Jan as a music and voice teacher and any student is lucky to learn from her." - Genevieve J., 2014 

(Click here to see the original review on LinkedIn)

Adult Guitar Class

"I met Jan Jaffe through Bellevue College where she taught my adult beginning guitar class. I was a first time student with no previous experience with this instrument.

Jan was such a wonderful instructor! She taught us primary guitar chords and musicality in a very non-intimidating and creative way. She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm into the classroom and is very patient and fun to learn through. I really enjoyed learning guitar under her tutelage - I highly recommend Jan for group or private music lessons." - Gina J., 2013 

(Click here to see the original review on LinkedIn)

Professional Partnerships

 Local Music Teachers, Performers, Events Coordinators -- Let's collaborate.

We are happy to refer to other community teachers and resources when we cannot fill a need. 

Would you like to be on our contact list for work opportunities?

Please get in touch!