Arts Integrated Projects
Where does jazz belong in the schools? In social studies, or music, or language classes, even math? Jazz is American History; it’s creative art; it’s a democratic process; it’s a mathematical study of sequence and sets; it’s a communication system; and it’s a remarkable model for understanding trust, respect and the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
The Jazz Arts Group actively participates in classroom projects with school districts in ways that assist the students’ learning process. Planning sessions with teachers have led to exceptional opportunities for their students to find effective ways to understand and retain information. This integrated approach has provided students with higher-level thinking, deeper comprehension, and connectivity.
Listed below are examples of projects designed by the teachers to place skilled artists into classrooms, providing expertise and “insider” information.
- Newberry Medal Award winning book, Bud, Not Buddy
- Studio recording of You’re A Lot Like Me
- Cultural journeys of Where in the World is Reggie Jackson?
- Exploration of change: American Resilience
- Research of our neighborhood: Beyond the Blackberry Patch
- Building character: Sweet Rosa (coming soon)
- Discovering our roots: The Blues: America’s Storyteller (coming soon)
- Making cultural connections: Musica de las Americas (coming soon)