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This project was made possible by funding through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy and the Heritage Policy Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Jazz Archive Online Teaching Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Curriculum Correlations
  3. Classroom Activities
  4. Glossary
  5. Jazz Education in Canada


Welcome to the Teaching Guide for the Canadian Jazz Archive Online. Here you will find a wealth of resources to assist you in meeting the music curriculum requirements for your province or territory.

This Teaching Guide provides educators of students in grades 5-12 with detailed curriculum correlations as well as curriculum-relevant classroom activities for students to work on individually, in small groups or as a class. These materials pertain to the different strands common across the provincial and territorial music curricula: Listening, Research & Critical Thinking, and Creative Expression. All of the suggested projects make specific use of Archive material (recordings, biographical profiles, documentaries and other terrific resources), and tips on how to use the site are provided.

We have also included a musical Glossary to assist both educators and students in understanding the various musical terms and expressions used not only by musicians in general but also by jazz musicians in particular.

Finally, for those of you who are interested in pursuing jazz as a student, we have compiled, under Jazz Education, a province-by-province list of institutions across the country offering a variety of programs.

We encourage you to explore the site and the Guide and if you have any suggestions or feedback, we would love to hear from you! We hope music educators across the country will take advantage of this opportunity to bring jazz - specifically Canadian jazz - into their classrooms.