While jazz education has grown within Higher Education in the UK since the mid 1980s, the teaching and learning practices of jazz (and related music) that model highly effective classroom and instrumental pedagogy, are largely underused. This omission is significant.
Over 95% of jazz graduates do not enter the classroom teaching profession. The current music education workforce is highly under-represented in this area. Additionally, few music educators claim to have had any training in jazz.
Jazz in Education UK seeks to advocate and facilitate formation of curricular policy and teacher education that will address and solve these pressing issues.
Jazz in Education UK believes jazz and improvised music needs to occupy a more prominent position in music education in the UK.
Please use our list of resources relevant to jazz in education. This is not exhaustive and a work in progress.
- Teaching and Learning
- Jamey Aebersold Handbook
- Black History Month playlists
- Dave Frank (piano)
- Hal Leonard Jazz Piano for Kids: A Beginner's Guide with Step-by-Step Instruction for Jazz Piano. By Richard Michael (2021): Hal Leonard.
- International Jazz Day (UNESCO/Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz) Various resources
- Jazz in the Classroom by Eddie Harvey
- National Youth Jazz Collective Online Resources
- Pattern Play by Forrest Kinney
- The Real Easy Book - Sher Music
- Black, P. (2017) On being and becoming a jazz musician: Perceptions of young Scottish musicians. London Review of Education
- Daubney, A., Spruce, G., Annetts, D (2019) Music Education: State of the Nation. London, UK: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, University of Sussex, ISM
- McKeage, K. (2014) “Where Are All The Girls?” Women In Collegiate Instrumental Jazz. GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, and Society), the on-line journal of GRIME (Gender Research in Music Education), 7(3).
- Teichman, E (2018) Something's Missing from My Jazz Band's Bulletin Board: An Autoethnographic Reflection on Making Space for Girls1 and Women in Jazz Education. The Canadian Music Educator, 59(4), pp.8-12.
- Teichman, E. (2020) Pedagogy of discrimination: instrumental jazz education. Music Education Research, 22(2), 201-213.
- Underhill, J (2022) Music: A Subject in Peril. London, UK, ISM
- Wilf, E. Y (2014). School for cool: the academic jazz program and the paradox of institutionalized creativity. University of Chicago Press.
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Article by Pauline Black published in special edition of Frontiers in Education: Jazz and Improvisat
Mentimeter results from our online Jazz in Education UK conference
Jazz in Education response to All Party Parliamentary Jazz Group (APPJG)
Music Teachers Association podcast series: talking jazz and improvisation with Simon Purcell
Jazzing it Up: article in Music Teacher Mag
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