The JAZZ-Is-TREE: How American music grew through the decades

Our symbol for the evolution of American music--JAZZ. The JAZZ-Is-TREE is still growing and blooming across the world

The Art of Jazz: The Works of Aaron Douglas, Harlem Renaissance Artist

We love sharing some of the many great resources we have discovered in the JAZZistry journey. Enjoy the beautiful art of Aaron Douglas, an important Harlem Renaissance artist whose mural art is above.  Many great ideas come from the students and teachers we have met in our travels. Enjoy by clicking below:



 Some of Our Favorite Website

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– 89.1FM
Our long-time co-sponsor is one of the few 24-hour Jazz & Blues stations. Special weekly shows include Sunday morning old jazz (1890s-1940s) and Afro-Cuban jazz, Saturday evenings. Live-stream it from their website.

Learning for Justice  (formerly known as Teaching Tolerance )
This outstanding, beautiful, multicultural magazine for pK-12 teachers and parents is FREE and published quarterly by this project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their anti-racist, inclusive materials help promote understanding and social justice. They are thoroughly researched and artfully presented.

Library of Congress, Civil Rights Project

–Library of Congress, African-American Band Music & Recordings, 1883-1923

–National Gallery of Arts’ Uncovering America, Harlem Renaissance site

–The Annenberg Learner Project has many excellent resources including:

• Democracy in America, a course in civics, provides a deeper understanding of the principles and workings of American democracy. 

• The Civil Rights: Demanding Equality unit brings to life the roles that individuals played in changing our understanding of equality both socially and politically.

• American Passages: A Literary Survey series covers 500 years of American history from a literature perspective. 

• Southern Renaissance with Zora Neale Hurston and Richard WrightBecoming Visible with James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison

• Search for Identity with Toni Morrison and Alice Walker are especially powerful units that can inspire thoughtful conversations about racism. 

Additional Important Articles: 

• How to Teach Controversial Topics and Civil Debate

• Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

• Talking About Race

• “Moments like now are why we teach…

• Preparing Students for Difficult Conversation

• Books About Racism and Social Justice