Monday, 7 April 2014

International Jazz Day, 30 April 2014

Jazz, a Film by Ken Burns

A supplement to the excellent film documentary by Ken Burns. Find artist biographies, film clips and recordings here. For younger students use the Jazz for Kids area on the web site. 

Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Education Website
This is a terrific website developed by John Hasse and the jazz experts at the Smithsonian Museum. Included is an introduction to jazz history with a timeline.  I really love the Jazz Mixer. Select from three jazz standards and play with the sliders to control the instruments in the virtual jazz quintet as you listen to the improvised solos. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Academy

Explore the archives of films available at this website to learn from members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Lessons include warming up, practice technique on the trumpet, how to solo in a big band, and topics for everyone from babies to seniors! 

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Included in the Jazz in the Classroom video library are masterclasses with drummer Max Roach, pianist Chick Corea, and others. Find the Blues and Jazz Curriculum for 5th, 8th and 11th grade. Under the International section you can read about touring groups that may be traveling to your country. 

Bobby McFerrin

Master jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin's website is full of engaging activities and information for teachers and their students. My favorite is Sing and Play with Bobby. You can play with Bobby's layered vocal lines and see how he constructed "Don't Worry Be Happy." 

Arts Edge is the education resource for the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Jazz pianist Billy Taylor was a master at explaining jazz to people who are new to the art form in a fun, engaging way. Explore his talks and those by others. 

Check out the multimedia of the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong. There are wonderful recordings of him talking, singing and playing! 

Kimberly McCord
Professor of Music Education
Board Member, International Society for Music Education
School of Music 
Campus Box 5660
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790

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