Listening for History: Using Jazz Music as a Primary Source

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Designed as a teacher resource, a packet identifies resources and approaches instructors can use to incorporate jazz into their history classes. Materials are identified by historical era, from the roots of jazz prior to World War I to post World War II, and include the musical genre, artist, and songs that serve as examples of the jazz of each era.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • For the analysis of the compositional and performance aspects of the music, coordinate the lesson with instrumental and vocal music teachers
Classroom Considerations

  • Include as part of a study of The Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, or Black History month

  • The seven-page packet includes background information, suggestions for activities, discussion questions, and a template for a music analysis tool



  • Lacks detailed plans