Educational Resources

2020 Virtual Forum

On April 30, 2020, we presented a series of free online educational master classes and discussions featuring some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians. Sessions were streamed via Facebook Live, with all six official United Nations languages represented:

  • Arabic: Reharmonizing Arabic Music with Tarek Yamani
  • English: Lwanda Gogwana: The Art of 145
  • English: Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo Workshop for Kids
  • English: Panel Discussion with Nate Chinen, Marcus Miller, Sibongile Khumalo: Jazz Day in 2020
  • French: Le jazz en française avec Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Mandarin: A Bu’s Master Class
  • Russian: Igor Butman’s Master Class
  • Spanish: Taller virtual con Danilo Pérez

Click here to rewatch all of the free educational sessions, no Facebook account required.

Other 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?
  • Develop your own lesson plan centered around jazz – 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.









Sheet Music

Teacher Tools



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