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Learning Resource Websites
Videos from The Jazz Academy, the home of the educational initiatives of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) jazz education programs drive the organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. Their programs have been developed under the guiding vision of JALC’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, who during his visits to schools throughout our nation observed that the caliber of jazz education was often inferior to that of other fine arts. In response, JALC now offers a continuum of jazz education programs that are designed to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults. Students learn about jazz’s distinctly American heritage and history as well as its greatest musicians and compositions; they explore its connection to other art forms, and also study how to play jazz. JALC also disseminates its pedagogy and unique educational materials throughout the world.
Jazz is recognized around the world for its rich cultural heritage rooted in the African-American experience. In order to provide an ongoing education about jazz for our nation's students, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed Jazz in America, the new Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes in the United States. This is the first jazz/social studies curriculum using current Internet technology offered free of charge on a national basis.
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz launched Math, Science & Music as a new initiative that uses music as a tool to address the growing need for students to gain skills and acquire knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects while learning to think creatively. The Institute is collaborating with math, science, music and education experts at leading universities and in the private sector to develop a wealth of free engaging curricula, games, apps and other interactive online components.
The Musical Cultures of the Gulf South
Music Rising at Tulane will foster national and international study through the work of K-12 educators and university scholars. The program is dedicated to the study, preservation, and the promotion of musical cultures of the Gulf South region, including the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, as well as the Caribbean, Latin America and the African Diaspora. The initiative is housed in the New Orleans Center for Gulf South at Tulane University.
The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship. The Music Treasures Consortium is an alliance of many libraries with holdings of unique music resources, including music manuscripts, prints, and first and early editions. The Library of Congress is hosting the consortium Web site which gives bibliographic information on each item; access to the digital items is provided through links to the holding library's own Web site.
World music curricular experiences from Smithsonian Folkways’ Network of Music Educators with lesson plans available for download. The website has interactive features with games and activities for students and lifetime learners. Information about other resources from the Smithsonian Institution is also included.
Features 35 original recordings, stories about jazz musicians, and more. Visit "Jazz Classes" to hear the elegant Duke Ellington, the scat singer extraordinaire Ella Fitzgerald, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, and swingin' Benny Carter. There is also a cool Duke Ellington Interactive lesson. For those of you who want to find out more about jazz, click on "What is Jazz" to answer your questions.
Discover quality videos and standards-based activities made for Wisconsin classrooms. Young Performers Initiative is a statewide effort to raise the visibility of the arts, celebrate the creative achievements of Wisconsin youth and support the arts in education. Led by Public Broadcasting in Wisconsin, in partnership with Wisconsin School Music Association, this initiative shines a spotlight on Wisconsin’s talented young performers and those who inspire them.
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