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Jazz Today, Jazz Tomorrow


1. National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA

2. NAfME: The National Association for Music Education

3. For information on ordering The Instrumental History of Jazz 2-CD set, go to www.amazon.com (item # B000001YNU).

4. Student handouts may be down loaded from the Jazz in America website (www.jazzinamerica.org), printed, and photocopied.

5. Any material from the Jazz in America website (www.jazzinamerica.org) may be down loaded, printed, and made into a transparency as the instructor sees fit.


  1. Jazz Today
  2. The Future of Jazz

National Standards for United States History1 (grades 5-12)

Historical Thinking
Students should be able to:
  1. reconstruct patterns of historical succession and duration in which historical developments have unfolded, and apply them to explain historical continuity and change (Chronological Thinking Standard 1f).
  2. draw upon visual, literary, and musical sources including...folk, popular and classical music, to clarify, illustrate, or elaborate upon information presented in the historical narrative (Historical Comprehension Standard 2i).
  3. draw comparisons across eras and regions in order to define enduring issues as well as large-scale or long-term developments that transcend regional and temporal boundaries (Historical Analysis and Interpretation Standard 3d).
Historical Content
Students should be able to:
  • understand contemporary American culture (Era 10: Contemporary United States Standard 2d).
National Standards for Music Education2 (grades K-12)
Students will be:
  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (Standard #1)
  2. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. (Standard #3)
  3. Evaluating music and music performances. (Standard #7)
  4. Understanding music in relation to history and culture. (Standard #9)

The student will:
  1. gain a fundamental understanding of:
    1. what is occurring on the jazz scene today
    2. what is likely to occur on the jazz scene in the near future
  2. explore how today’s jazz reflects American culture

  1. CD player
  2. chalkboard (with chalk and eraser)
  3. overhead projector (optional)
  4. computer logged onto www.jazzinamerica.org (optional)

  1. The Instrumental History of Jazz3 (IHJ) (optional)
    1. two CDs
    2. accompanying booklet
  2. students handouts4 (one per student)
  3. overhead projector transparencies5

The instructor will:
  1. distribute student handouts
  2. discuss the styles of jazz that are being performed today and are likely to be performed in the near future
  3. discuss today's jazz with regard to American culture and society
  4. play various jazz recordings of current jazz artists

The students will:
  1. participate in a class discussion regarding:
    1. today's jazz
    2. where jazz is likely heading
    3. jazz as a part of current American society and culture
  2. listen to jazz recordings of current jazz artists
  3. follow and interact with the animated student handout entitled "Journey #8: Jazz Everywhere: Past & Present" (click on the Student Handout button on the left-hand side of your screen)

A Test Bank is provided that includes questions in the four formats listed below. At the teacher's discretion, all of the questions in each test bank may be used, or a few questions from each format may be selected to compile a shorter test.
  1. Multiple Choice
  2. Fill in the Blanks
  3. True / False
  4. Matching

The following topics and activities are covered in the Student Handout:

  1. Destination and Dates:
    Jazz Everywhere
    past and present
    radio and television
  2. Historical Events:
    The Cold War
    Voice of America
    Civil Rights Movement
  3. Vocabulary:
    Black Entertainment Television
    Civil Rights Movement
    Cold War
    hip hop
    hybrid car
    National Public Radio
    satellite radio
    scat singing
    Soul Jazz
    stereophonic sound
    Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
    Voice of America
  4. Experience the Music
    Found throughout each student handout, this section provides students with an activity to help them Experience the Music firsthand.
    SING: Students scat sing to a familiar melody.

    IDENTIFY STYLES: Students listen to a recording and identify a particular jazz style.
  5. Jazz Artists:
    Terence Blanchard
    Terri Lyne Carrington
    Willis Conover
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Vince Guaraldi
    Marian McPartland
    Doc Severinsen
    Nina Simone
    Dr. Billy Taylor
    Clark Terry
    Joe Williams

the Herbie Hancock institute of jazz
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