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NEA Announces New Jazz Program

The National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) recently announced the NEA Jazz in the Schools program. The program is intended to be an educational resource for high school social studies, U.S. history and music teachers and will allow teachers and students to study jazz as an indigenous American art form. The curriculum is produced by Jazz at the Lincoln Center and is supported by a $100,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The five-unit, web-based curriculum and DVD toolkit features teacher tips, cross-curricular activities, assessment methods, a timeline poster and a CD and DVD that feature video and musical excepts, alongside digital print materials. A sampler containing the first curricular unit, which addressed the beginning of jazz and the role of African Americans in its development, is available now at www.neajazzintheschools.org, and the entire kit will be available in September.

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