Educational Resources

Learn with us on April 30

For the 10th Anniversary celebration of International Jazz Day, we offered an exciting series of free virtual education programs featuring Herbie Hancock, Kris Bowers, Billy Childs, Antonio Sánchez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Linda May Han Oh, Lionel Loueke and other acclaimed artists.

Click here to watch the education programs.

Virtual programs included:

  • Atelier virtuel avec Lionel Loueke (FR)
  • Jazz for Kids! with Dee Dee Bridgewater (EN)
  • Taller virtual con Antonio Sánchez (ES)
  • Billy Childs: Composition Master Class (EN)
  • Master Class with Linda May Han Oh (EN)
  • Jazz on the Screen: A Conversation on Film Scoring with Herbie Hancock and Kris Bowers | Moderated by Nate Chinen of NPR (EN)
  • Jazz & Hip-Hop with Terri Lyne Carrington and DJ Khalil (EN)
  • What Is Jazz? An Introduction with JB Dyas, PhD
  • Jazz Day: A Decade of Inspiration | A conversation with Herbie Hancock and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

Announcing “Treble Leads the Class”!

Introducing Treble Clef and his best friend, Four-Four Signature!

For International Jazz Day 2021, we are thrilled to launch a new animation video to teach children basic concepts in music and math. This is the first in a series of videos produced for the Math, Science and Music platform at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. Herbie Hancock himself narrates this whimsical story of music notes which come alive to attend school together.

The videos are produced in partnership with the Young Arts and Music research group led by Professors Sue Courey and Timothy Bellavia. The animation was created by the exciting team at the Atomic Kid Studios. Music by Nick Vayenas.

Ideas for teachers

Here are some ideas on how to participate:

  • Each year, a different global city is selected to host International Jazz Day. Present a geography lesson on this year’s city and discuss how jazz is being celebrated on this special day. Watch the webcast or re-broadcast of the concert.
  • Design a record album cover inspired by a field trip to a local record store or a classroom listening session.
  • Play jazz recordings or video clips and have students write or share their reflections.
  • Discuss how jazz inspires peace, unity, teamwork and communication.
  • Organize a jazz-themed performance by your school band or choir.
  • Create a class mural or decorate your classroom with jazz-inspired drawings or posters (of instruments or musicians, for example).
  • Explore the mathematical basis of the swing rhythm.
  • Research the history of jazz in your town or city. What makes jazz in your area unique?
  • Watch one of the virtual education sessions that took place as part of International Jazz Day 2021, available in three languages!
  • Develop your own lesson plan centered around jazz – or download and use ours – and let us know how it turns out!

Share the vibrancy and vitality of jazz music with students and educators from around the world on April 30th – and all year round. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts on all continents to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact.

Once you have planned your activity, please be sure to register your event or email us and see how others are participating.

For additional ideas, visit our Toolkit or see some sample educational resources below.


Guide to Age Levels:
LSN = Learning Support Needs
PS = Primary School
SS = Secondary School
PSE = Postsecondary/Adult








Sheet Music

Teacher Tools


New York Jazz Workshop (English, SS/PSE): Warm-up Techniques with Ron Horton


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