- 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.
I hope that you will take some time to explore the truly American art form that is Jazz and its rich history. There are so many opportunities for cross-curricular instruction, for meaningful listening opportunities, and for unlimited creativity!