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Free Resources for Teachers

We've highlighted a variety of resources that teachers can access on the Internet or can order for their classrooms to help commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month. For even more tips on how to celebrate, check out the Smithsonian's booklet, Celebrate Jazz, which includes ideas for teachers, librarians, band directors, community groups, and more!

Calendar of Events

Is your school or community planning a jazz event in April? If so, the Smithsonian Institute would like to add you to their national calendar of activities. Send your submissions to Remember to include the name of the event, where it is located, the time of the event, the price, and any other information you want to share.

Find out what events are happening in your state by visiting:

If your school is one of the many to visit Washington, D.C. in April, you might want to check out the many free events celebrating Jazz Appreciation that the Smithsonian is sponsoring. Find the calendar of scheduled events here:    

Posters for Your Classroom

Every year the Smithsonian issues a poster to commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month. Teachers can receive free copies of the poster for their classrooms, while supplies last. The 2010 poster features the legendary jazz artist Dave Brubeck. You can view the poster here: 

In addition, there is some remaining stock for past posters as well. To review previous year's posters got to: Send your request for free posters to Remember to include your name, address, and the number of posters you would like to receive.

Lesson Plans and Web Sites worth Checking Out

Elementary Level

PBS has created an interactive Web site with a band that allows students to hear how different instruments sound, a timeline of significant events in jazz history, and short biographies of the "great ones" of jazz. The site also includes a section with lesson plans that integrate jazz and jazz history into the core content areas of English language arts, math, and social studies.  

The Smithsonian Jazz Class includes audio clips of some of the jazz greats demonstrating the techniques they are known for. The site also includes lesson plans for elementary through middle school students.

Secondary Level

Jazz, a film by Ken Burns, is highlighted in this Web site maintained by PBS. In addition to providing lesson plans that integrate jazz history into core content areas, this site includes numerous activities including an interactive map where students can learn about the roots of jazz in clubs and cities across the U.S., and a section that explores the basics of music and how jazz breaks the rule in the Jazz Lab. Users can also try out their keyboarding skills on the virtual piano.  

Tools for Promoting Jazz Appreciation Month in Your Community

The Smithsonian Institute has developed a variety of materials for teachers to use to help promote jazz events in their schools and communities. 

JAM logos
You may want to include the JAM logo on any of your print promotions. The logo, designed by the Smithsonian Institute, is free to use on any of your news items or educational materials.  

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
These PSAs are a great way to inform the public about your event in a short amount of time. You might also want to use them during morning announcements at your school.