Each April, my students and I explore a Jazz appreciation unit. We listen to different jazz recordings, study the history of jazz, play jazz chord progressions, and even improvise some solos. I always enjoy the unit and my students seem to as well!
Today I will share some online jazz resources. Stay tuned for more lesson plans and other resources for teaching jazz appreciation!
- PBS Kids Jazz Site - excellent site for student exploration. We use it at the computer center and I encourage my students to "click around" (today's student loves to self-direct their learning through exploration and this website is perfect for that)
- Smithsonian Jazz - a great resource for the history of jazz (oral histories, recordings, archives, photographs) as well as JAM events around the country.
- MENC Jazz Lesson Plans - free and also member-only lesson plans and other resources
- Ken Burns' Jazz PBS site - the well-known mini-series documentary by Ken Burns. The in-depth look at the history of jazz, broken down by era, is extremely helpful and interesting.