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Jazz in America
Learn all about jazz.


Jazz in America, sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, provides lesson plans and other resources that trace the development of jazz as a part of the American music culture.
This well-designed site uses photographs and sound to enhance the information. Real Player is required for listening to the audio clips.
Navigation through the site is easy and intuitive. Each page has a link back to the home page in the upper left-hand corner. There is also a handy help section for first-time visitors.
Students, teachers, or anyone interested in this style of music will enjoy the resources here. A complete resource library is available that includes a timeline, a glossary, photographs, audio clips, a list of important "firsts," information on selected artists, style sheets, and a history of jazz education. The program aims to help "students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self-image, and a respect for their own and others' heritage." Lesson plans for grade 11 and 8 are currently available with plans for publishing grade five in the near future. Each of the sixteen lessons addresses standards for U.S. History and Arts Education and includes a teacher's guide, handouts, assessments, and links to the supporting media. The focus of the lessons is the music and the role it has played in American culture. Classroom teachers have permission to download, print, and photocopy as needed.