- Students will understand how the development of jazz can be viewed as a metaphor for America.
- Students will learn how improvised jazz is a reflection of American democracy.
- Students will understand how jazz music uses improvisation, and how jazz improvisation differs from classical composition.
- Students will learn how the blues has continued to inform and influence jazz musicians throughout jazz history.
- Students will learn how jazz is a particularly American art form, drawing on the rich tradition of American cultures.
National Council for the Social Studies
Curriculum Standards for Social Studies II: Thematic Strands
Strands I–VI, X
National Center for History in the Schools
National Standards for U.S. History
Era 3: 3 / Era 9: 1, 4
National Standards for Arts Education
Music Standards 6, 8, 9
National Standards for Civics and Government
Standards 1, 3, 5
Expeditions Geography Standards