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The cool tunes of jazz and the New Orleans area of which the musical style emerged have a strong link to African American history. While many of the instruments common to the genre had been played for decades before, during the turn of the 20th century those blaring trumpets, stringed violins, tooting cornets, squealing clarinets, and sliding trombones began to bounce to a different beat. Jazz music was brought to life by the African Americans in the southern New Orleans area.
You and your child can take part in honoring this rhythmic musical genre and the roots of which it originated from in this fun jazz-inspired project! Not only is this project a great way to sneak in a musical history lesson, but your child will be utilizing her fine motor skills in drawing, cutting, and creating her musical notes. It is these very same creative thinking habits that are known to bolster problem solving skills. So get to work with your child and let the cool notes of jazz be your inspiration! You may also want to turn on some great jazz music for the duration of the activity; check out the bottom of this page for some jazzy song ideas.