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Listening for History: Using Jazz Music as a Primary Source
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Designed as a teacher resource, a packet identifies resources and approaches instructors can use to incorporate jazz into their history classes. Materials are identified by historical era, from the roots of jazz prior to World War I to...
Jazz and World War II: A Rally to Resistance, A Catalyst for Victory
9th - 12th
Students examine the impact of WWII on the development of jazz music and consider how jazz music helped to boost morale of both soldiers and those left at home. They identify the function of jazz as a cultural export and discuss its...
Crescent City Gumbo: Race and Jazz in New Orleans
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What gives New Orleans its special character? Its flavor? Its texture? Its sound? Is it the beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, or the mansions in the Garden District? Is it the Shotgun...
"Jazz is About Collaboration": Jim Crow Laws And Segregation
6th - 12th
Students explore development of jazz music in the 1930s by forming imaginary jazz bands which tour several cities in Depression-era America. Jazz band members create imaginary identities for themselves, develop publicity for their tour,...
What Did I Do To Be So Black And Blue: How Did Jazz Influence Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
How did jazz influence Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man? Class members read some of Ellison's non-fiction writings about blues and jazz, listen to records, watch videos, and engage in student-centered discussions. They then produce podcasts...
Music and Animation: 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
7th - 12th
Music has been used to convey thoughts, feelings, and the human condition for thousands of years. Your class will analyze several songs hear in the animated classic, "Charlie Brown." They will listen to several jazz pieces from the show,...
Dance of the Times: African-American Expression of Jazz
6th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Music enthusiasts discover the birth of jazz and explore a variety of images showcasing African-Americans' expression of the music. Taking part in a grand conversation, pupils discuss the myriad of emotions that come to be from reviewing...
The Summer Fun Summer Learning Music Unit
1st - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Take note. Soul music. Gospel music. Country music. Summer comes alive with the sounds of music as program participants learn about various genres of music, create instruments, and write and perform songs about the facts and traditions...