Exploring Black History & Social Change with Jazz
4th Grade Students
Jazz4Freedom is a program developed for 4th-grade students linking Jazz to Black History in Pennsylvania and beyond. Taught by our experienced teaching artists, 4th graders are first engaged with a Pre-show workshop about the Harlem Renaissance and growth of jazz in Philadelphia. The highlight of Jazz4Freedom is a field trip to see Kimmel Center’s Jazz4Freedom Performance featuring music, dance, and commentary on social change throughout history. Students are inspired by a Post-show workshop which links the Civil Rights Movement to jazz and provides the opportunity for reflection on the continuation of social change. Finally, classroom teachers are empowered to continue the discussion through study guides connecting Jazz4Freedom to academic standards in Social Studies and Language Arts.