Jazz Appreciation Month


Recording available soon: April 18, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT: Council for Jazz Education Town Hall “Energize and Expand Participation in Your Jazz Program”

Jazz Is for Everybody: Student Voices Supporting an Inclusive Approach to Jazz Education” – 2021 NAfME Council for Jazz Education Town Hall


April 19, 2022: Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education presented a peer-to-peer jazz informance on April 19, featuring the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet. Hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona, the “informance” – a combination of performance and educational information – was presented by five of the Baltimore/Washington, DC area’s most gifted high school music students along with 14-time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz legend Herbie Hancock, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet recording artist Sean Jones, and renowned jazz educator Dr. JB Dyas. Learn more at hancockinstitute.org.

What Is Jazz, and Why It Is Important to America

Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and 14-time GRAMMY-award winning jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Watch now.

International Jazz Day 2022 Registration Now Open on jazzday.com

Registration is now open for International Jazz Day 2022, with participants invited to add their April 30 events to the official calendar and map on jazzday.com.

Jazz Education’s Unexpected Outcomes

While we are all fortunate with the type of students we have the opportunity to work with, many parents and fellow educators do not see all of the hard work it took by everyone to go from the first rehearsal to that final performance. Attention to detail with subtle nuances of style and technique did not just emerge with the talent of the students. The rehearsal process before the performance included listening lessons as well as performance techniques. Historical and contextual connections were explored as students connected through the musical compositional genius of Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, and Hank Levy, just to name a few. One way of establishing the importance of jazz education as well as validating evidence of the hard work you and your students have demonstrated is the construction of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)s currently used in many states.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Fundamentals Series

Jazz at Lincoln Center is excited to offer a series of Jazz Fundamentals videos. Join drummer Bryan Carter and his band as they explore, explain, and perform some of the basic concepts of Jazz in a fun and swinging set!

Exploring Jazz: Jazz Fundamentals from Jazz at Lincoln Center

Teaching Music in the 21st Century, with Wynton Marsalis, Part 1

Teaching Music in the 21st Century, with Wynton Marsalis, Part 2

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How You Can Celebrate Jazz in April — and Throughout the Year


7 Cool Ways to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

Every April, we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Not every school participates for various reasons: lack of a jazz program and/or lack of understanding of jazz being some. Even without a great understanding of Jazz, this can be a great learning opportunity for you and your students to enjoy and appreciate this great music.

Get to Know the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters

Watch the virtual concert online now. The National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters—Stanley ClarkeDonald Harrison, Jr.Billy Hart, and Cassandra Wilson—and kicked off a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the program with this concert.

Hot Jazz Saturday Night is a radio program hosted by Rob Bamberger, available on WAMU-FM. Teachers can listen to the past week’s show for one week directly online, and other related stories are available well.

Check out the webinar “Hands-On Jazz for Young People – The Birth of Jazz: New Orleans” webinar by Sharon Burch

Bringing Jazz Into the Classrooms

Dave Brubeck

Celebrate the music of the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet as you engage students in a cross-disciplinary set of classroom projects and activities through this video series and curriculum created by Jazz at Lincoln Center!

The Council for Jazz Education is one of two NAfME Societies and 14 NAfME Councils that serve various NAfME constituencies.  

More Jazz Resources and Announcements.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has many great resources for learning about and celebrating jazz in April, including a poster for your classroom which is included in the April issue of NAfME’s Teaching Music. You can also request your 2022 JAM poster online soon, although quantities are limited. The 2022 theme is “Latin Jazz and the Spirit of ‘Cachao’ López.”

Jazz Appreciation Month 2022 poster


Why Every Month Should Be Jazz Appreciation Month

Each April, in observance of Jazz Appreciation Month, many music educators bring jazz instruction, jazz history, and other jazz activities into the classroom. Three teachers whose students were chosen for NAfME’s 2014 All-National Jazz Ensemble discuss why they believe teaching jazz throughout the school year offers valuable benefits for them and their students.

How Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement Intertwine

Jazz is the low moan of a saxophone, the growl of a trumpet, or staccato notes on a snare drum. Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) describes the art form as “a mingling of the musical expressions of all the people who came to the United States, by choice or by force; people from Africa, Europe, Latin America, as well as people who were already living in the U.S. Jazz was created by mixing together music from field chants and spirituals, to African rhythms and folk songs.”