Here are some of our favorite links to organizations that offer more connections for Jazzistry’s approach to American history and culture. We appreciate the teachers and students who have alerted us to wonderful new virtual resource–like our friend Julie, a Girl Scout working on her Junior Music Badge and Claire, a music loving student–who both found us online and shared some of these great sites so we could share them with you:
WEMU 89.1 FM Radio or Online Web Stream
The DJs at Jazzistry’s great, long term partner are kicking out blues and jazz almost 24/7. They are one of a handful of radio stations still doing this.The public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, WEMU/ 89.1 FM, is a local treasure devoted to traditional and cutting edge Jazz and Blues. It can be web streamed ANYWHERE in the Universe!
Good resource on musical aspects of Jazz including music theory, specific instruments, musician education, and other connections.
A rich site that includes many oral histories with jazz greats, activities, lesson plans They are also home of the annual JAM Celebration—Jazz Appreciation Month, April. Free posters and other resources available.
National Endowments for the Arts web-based curriculum and DVD took kit that explores jazz. Great companion for Jazzistry—both before and after the LIVE Band comes to visit!
Jazz at Lincoln Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz.
A companion Web site to the production by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, JAZZ celebrates America’s greatest original art form.
A rich national repository of documentary films about American Roots culture, including the tapes of Alan Lomax, the great ethnomusicologist of the early 20th century. Documents many of the contributions to American culture of ethnic and regional groups. There are video and audio clips, transcriptions, teaching ideas and suggested reading.
Library of Congress
The American Memory Collections include visual, audio and photographic collections. The African American Music of the 19th Century collection includes on line copies of sheet music, oral histories and artwork.
Kennedy Center Teaching Resources
Free standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom.
National Association for Multicultural Education
Many useful resources and teaching ideas in the broad and deep realm of multicultural education. NAME spans the spectrum of education from preschools through graduate schools. Resources for teaching about race and racism in American history multicultural content. An active listserv is another great teacher resource.
Tulane University’s Center for Jazz Research
This rich collection includes oral histories, recorded music, photographs and film, sheet music and other materials.
Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music
Collections include Archives of African American Music, the Latin American Music Center, the Hoagy Carmichael Papers and other extensive historic American primary sources and extensive books and manuscripts. Some sections of the collection are available on line.
Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection
Photographs, audio samples, sheet music, film, and historical resources of the town where jazz began.
Folklife in Louisiana
Louisiana’s traditional culture as seen in essays, books, audio and video clips and biographies.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a rich repository of primary resources and research on the cradle of jazz, New Orleans. Articles uncover things like the 200 year old history of the Second Line tradition.
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Everything Louis Armstrong, this site includes many features related to the history and present day musical life of Louisiana. One of its richest sections includes photos, interviews, film and audio clips, quotes and tributes to Louis Armstrong.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York Public Library’s Schomburg Collection of African American historical materials is now largely on line. It includes extensive manuscripts, visual and audio resources tracing the lives and contributions of African Americans through out American History.
Jazz Origins in New Orleans, National Historical Parks’ website of the small, informative National Park museum in the French Quarter. They give walking tours of the Quarter that are worth getting up early if you are in NOLA.
One of the repositories of resources, articles, recordings at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Has lesson plans and classroom teaching ideas.
Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
Utilizing the vast resources of print, photos, recordings and other documents there are many ways to explore the songs of American, especially those in the blues and jazz traditions that have evolved into a unique art form here in the Americas.
Musical terminology can be mystifying for students. Thanks to an enthusiastic student music lover, Claire, who shared this link with us, here is an in depth list that defines musical terms.