NEA Arts Magazine

NEA Jazz in the Schools

This year, the Arts Endowment also launched NEA Jazz in the Schools, an educational resource for high school teachers. This five-unit, web-based curriculum and DVD toolkit explores jazz as an indigenous American art form and as a means to understand American history. The website, www.neajazzintheschools.org, features an overview of the initiative, including a video introduction, and the first of five curriculum units. The curriculum was produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center, and supported by a $100,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The announcement was made at a January 7th press conference in Long Beach.

NEA Jazz in the Schools will include a teachers' guide featuring tips, cross-curricular activities, and assessment methods. Each kit also includes student materials, a timeline poster, a CD, and a DVD featuring video and musical excerpts along with all print materials in digital form. The complete kit will be available in September.