“Jazz in the Schools” is a new web-based, multimedia curriculum from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that explores jazz as an indigenous American art form and as a means to understand American history. The five-unit, web-based curriculum and DVD toolkit are available free of charge to high school teachers of social studies, U.S. history, and music. Lesson titles include The Advent of Jazz: The Dawn of the Twentieth Century; The Jazz Age & The Swing Era; Bebop & Modernism; From the New Frontier to the New Millennium; and Jazz: An American Story. Each unit includes a teachers’ guide with teacher tips, cross-curricular activities, and assessment methods, as well as student activities, period photographs, video footage, related musical excerpts, and links to additional resources. The curriculum was produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to jazz, and supported by a $100,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

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