In the Classroom

Dear Educator,

Welcome! The resources offered here are designed to help you use the PBS JAZZ video series and companion Web site in music, social studies, math, and language arts classes. JAZZ may be taped off-air and used for up to a year following broadcast, or you may choose to purchase it through Shop PBS for Teachers. The lesson plans may also be adapted for use as stand-alone resources.

(Note: This poster/teaching guide was originally distributed in print form to middle school music educators throughout the United States. It is available here for downloading in .pdf format and requires the Adobe Acrobat plug-in.)


Chiaroscuro is working closely with educators to bring jazz into the classroom. Some of the top Chiaroscuro artists are doing workshops with high school students in an effort to expand the reach of jazz music. 

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“I am overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available on this site! A couple of years ago, it was very difficult to find web sites that were as child friendly as this! As a result, I have not used the internet as a tool in my classes — that will change, because I will definitely be sharing this site with my students, and I will use these great lessons as well.”

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