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Smithsonian Jazz

Smithsonian Jazz offers sound clips, information about jazz events, a directory of jazz societies (by state and country), links to other jazz websites, and four online "classes" featuring Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Carter. April is Celebrating Jazz month

Published by Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:Performing Arts
Themes/Keywords: Grooving

Jazz, keyboard, musicians, improvise

Essential Question(s)
1. Jazz is an unique American form of music. When is the best time to incorporate this form of music in the curriculum?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How can classroom teachers with limited music background include this in their lessons?
2. How much training will a teacher need to teach this form of music?

Extension and Activities
1. Use this site during the month of April and through the year to celebrate Jazz music. Pick pieces to play and have students compare the pieces during the month. Have a Jazz party and share their favorites in video presentations.

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