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Black History Month: The Development of Jazz


Although not strictly an African-American music form, jazz has been heavily influenced by the black community, starting with its earliest roots and continuing into the present time. Students should become familiar with jazz not only for its crucial place in music history but also because of its significance in twentieth century cultural history, and particularly the history of black culture in the United States.

Time Frame:

4-6 hours, not including the final group project



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