The resources below provide a rich variety of resources to support instructional and artistic practice, and ways collaborate with peers. Extended curriculum guides, discussion forums, and video and audio recordings offers an opportunity for students and educators to learn from experts in the fields of history and music.  




Goals of Jazz from A to Z

  • Enrich the historical and cultural knowledge of students and teachers through an integrated study of both jazz music and American/World history.
  • Develop and maintain historical thinking in history classes by engaging students in meaningful activities that apply knowledge and skills.
  • Empower students and teachers with skills and knowledge of jazz in its historical context so as to have a meaningful experience with works of music.
  • Enhance student musical performances.
  • Support humanities education through the inter-disciplinary study of history, literature, music, and art. 

Desired Outcomes of the Jazz from A to Z Educator Workshops

Initial Outcome

            Teachers will compose lesson plans integrating Jazz from A to Z content, resources and strategies that elevate students’ cultural knowledge and historical thinking skills in American/World history classes.

Short-term Outcome

            Jazz from A to Z will design educator workshops integrating history, music, literature, and the arts that will stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration in Arizona schools.

Long-term Outcome

            Arizona educators will consistently integrate history, literature, music and the arts in district curriculums, so that every history student experiences the arts throughout his/her schooling.


Explore local and national jazz performances, events, and curriculums



HomeBase Poetry is a spoken-word venue in Phoenix, AZ which has developed national level events, concerts, a record label (NSN Records), numerous poetry and soul music cd's, and a nonprofit (HomeBase Foundation) focused on developing youth's artistic, academic, and life skills.  Find out about the future events and projects of HomeBase Poetry at their website. 

Jazz in AZ cultivates interest in jazz through youth education, scholarship opportunities, and community outreach. See what’s going on with Jazz in Arizona by clicking the link. 

KJZZ 91.5

KJZZ 91.5 is an Arizona NPR station which brings news, talk, and fine jazz programs to listeners daily.  Use this link to access the program schedule, Jazz and Blues playlists, and Jazz events.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has a wide variety of performances year-round.  Follow this link to check out their Jazz events!



Jazz Academy

A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance.

Giants at Play: Life with Jazz Legends

Life Magazine offers these unique photographs by Gjon Mili of Jazz legends Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley and others.

Interplay Jazz & Arts

Interplay Jazz & Arts offers holistic learning experiences for musicians and artists of all ages.  They offer workshops, camps, master classes, and other learning and performance opportunities in a beautiful, nurturing setting in Vermont.  

Jazz Arts Group of Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America’s oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz.  You can find performance opportunities, Jazz research, and Education Programs at their website. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting the best of the American arts, to creating model programs of artistic excellence and broad national reach that expand audiences for the arts. With the resources and varied formats offered by this curriculum, we hope to enliven American history and bring a unique human perspective to events that make up our cultural heritage.

NEA Jazz in the Schools takes a step-by-step journey through the history of jazz, integrating that story with the sweep of American social, economic, and political developments. This multi-media curriculum is designed to be as useful to high school history and social studies teachers as it is to music teachers. Here you can find lessons containing an opening essay, video, music, photographs, and discussion questions about Jazz.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Part of The Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Jazz in America offers public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world, helping students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self-image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage.  Check out their lesson plans and Jazz Resource Library including images, a glossary, audio, style sheets, and more!

Historical Context Outlines with Resources

Power Points

Historical Thinking Activities

Music Resources

Literature Resources

Elementary Literature Activities

Elementary Literature Analysis

High School Literature Activities

High School Literature Analysis


Music Review Project

Lesson Plan

Teacher Resources 2015-2016 The Gershwin Legacy

Content Outlines

Power Points

Historical Resources

Literary Resources

Poetry/ Literature Activities

Musical Resources

Analysis Guides

Lesson Plan

Content Outline


Historical Context


Secondary Sources

Primary Sources

Protest Song Project

Musical Resources

Voices and Quotes Activity

Analysis Guides

Lesson Plan