NEA Jazz in Schools
This five-unit, multimedia,
web-based curriculum is available free to high-school social
studies, U.S. history, and music teachers, to help students
explore jazz as an indigenous American art form that also
provides a means to understand American history.
The curriculum was created by the joint efforts
of The National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz at Lincoln
Center, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching
the artistic substance and perpetuating the democratic spirit
of the music, and supported by a $100,000 grant from the Verizon
In January 2006 it was released to 2,000
high-school teachers nationwide. The program intends to provide
high-school students with meaningful connections to the arts,
offering an opportunity to experience American history through
the alternative, multimedia lens of music and web-based technology.
The five units included in the kit are created
for optimum flexibility, expanding into a comprehensive series
of lessons or providing concise, one or two-day lesson plans.
Each unit includes a short introductory video, a lesson essay,
links to a wealth or multimedia resources, a teacher's guide
with tips, cross-curricular activities, and assessment methods.
This interdisciplinary approach accesses
and satisfies the lesson objectives and national curriculum
standards in the five subject areas of U.S. history, social
studies, arts education/music, civics and government, and
geography. With jazz serving as the instigator and mediator,
students are provided with an engaging insight (perspective
on) into our culturally rich American history.
Go to the official NEA
Jazz in Schools website for complete information.