Jazz in the Middle

Linking Jazz and Academic Subjects

 
 
Jazz in the Middle

Linking Jazz and Academic Subjects

 
 
Jazz in the Middle

Linking Jazz and Academic Subjects

Jazz in the Middle

Jazz in the Middle fosters connections between core subjects and the arts. Public Middle School students learn jazz concepts, experience music performance, and write creatively.

Blues & Poetry connects academic learning & jazz in the language arts classroom, combining interactive musical experiences and literacy skills in partnership with Youth Speaks poet mentors.

Freedom & Jazz explores concepts of freedom through the medium of jazz. Students learn about the percussion traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, and New Orleans through listening, writing and performing in partnership with Youth Speaks poet mentors.

Jazz & the American Spirit helps students understand how the American spirit is reflected in the evolution of jazz. Students explore the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Era through a series of improvisational interactive exercises.

"Jazz in the Middle continues to be an important part of my journey. I was blessed to have amazingly passionate teachers who helped shape me into the musician I am today, and I want to pass that same love of music on to as many others as I can." — Terrence Brewer, JIM Teaching Artist since 2010.

"JIM was really fun and it boosts your self-esteem!" — 6th grade student