Jazz Lesson Plans for Elementary School Students K-5

We posted a video lecture from J.B. Dyas of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz recently in which he provided suggestions for maximizing jazz in the classroom from both a musical and a historical perspective. Here’s another resource for new ideas regarding jazz and education for students in grades K-5.

The website PBSKids.org has a section dedicated to jazz, with lesson plans created by educators that can facilitate learning and are coded by language arts (LA), social studies (SS), music (MU), and math (MA), all using jazz as a foundation. The site was developed as a companion site and a means to integrate the PBS Jazz video series by Ken Burns that originally aired in January 2001 into the classroom.

PBS Jazz Lesson Plan website link

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