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Mar 01, 2021 2021-03-01

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Cultural and Historical Perspectives of New Orleans Music

The Preservation Hall Foundation has unveiled Preservation Hall Lessons, a free series of online music lessons for K–12 students co-created by the foundation and members of the Preservation Hall community of musicians. The lessons include content focused on introductory and advanced techniques for the range of instruments in a traditional jazz band, as well as stylistic tips and the cultural and historical context of New Orleans music. Whether a classroom is “in-person” or virtual, whether students play instruments or simply enjoy music, whether one is seeking creative ways to teach math or social studies or art, there is a wide range of lessons to meet a variety of needs. The lesson plans are searchable on the database according to grade, subject, genre, topic, and discipline. Currently 22 lesson plans feature exclusive videos and support materials, with more scheduled for the site in the months and years ahead. Each lesson includes an outline of educational standards addressed, the lesson’s objectives, and suggestions for applying and evaluating that lesson. The lesson plans include natively hosted videos, Google Docs and Slides. Various tools and links support each exercise. Available to teachers across the country, this complimentary resource is suited to all grade levels and is aligned with national arts standards.

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