Jazz Education Resources

This space features lessons, songs, videos and articles created by JECO members for use in classrooms and studios, ages K through adult. Publications by our membership are also made available for personal study. Thanks to their generosity, we can share these teaching and learning resources with all JECOhio.org visitors.

If you have a lesson, published article or presentation you'd like to share, please attach it to an email addressed to submissions@jecohio.org for review. We love hearing about what fellow jazz educators are bringing to their classrooms and rehearsals.

Free Big Band Chart

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Jazzy Ohio by Bill Burns (4th grade)
An original composition about great jazz artists from Ohio. MP4 Video - PDF Lyrics
For the lead sheet and MIDI piano accompaniment to this song, JOIN JECO today!

Take the "A" Train Dance by Bill Burns (grades 2-5)
A movement activity for grades 2-5 to be used with "Take the A Train." The online lesson is available to members! MP4 Video 

Miles Davis Poem - rap to accompany the melody of "So What" from the album Kind of Blue - Bill Burns  (4th grade)

Beboppers 101 - Bill Burns (1-6 general music)



Jazz theory PDFs
Major modes ~ Major modes in bass clef ~ Mel. minor modes ~ Mel. minor modes in bass clef ~ The Cycle ~ Practice matrix

Swing Rhythm Rules and Trumpet Jazz Warmup - Wayne Markworth


JECO Documentary
Music on the Ohio: The Call of the River provides an historical overview of steamboating in general, and the music and musicians that performed on those steamboats. It features interviews with riverlorian Travis Vasconcelos, historian Willam Kenney, and showboat musician Pat Carr.