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Preservation Hall Foundation Unveils Preservation Hall Lessons

Free, online database designed for K-12 students features lesson plans for musical instrument education, cultural and historical perspective of New Orleans music

NEW ORLEANS – The Preservation Hall Foundation unveiled Preservation Hall Lessons, a free series of online of music lessons for k-12 students co-created by the foundation and members of the Preservation Hall community of musicians. Preservation Hall Lessons, designed for teacher utilization in either a digital classroom or in-person, includes content focused on introductory and advanced techniques for the range of instruments in a traditional jazz band, stylistic tips, as well as the cultural and historical context of New Orleans music.

“Preservation hall is committed to celebrating the wisdom of the musicians who perform here for generations to learn and benefit from,” said Ben Jaffe, Preservation Hall Foundation Board Chairman & Co-Founder

Whether a classroom is “in-person” or virtual, whether students play instruments or simply enjoy music, whether one is seeking creative ways to teach math or social studies or art, there is a wide range of lessons to meet a variety of needs. Lesson plans are searchable on the database according to grade, subject, genre, topic, and discipline.

There are currently 22 lesson plans featuring exclusive videos and support materials, with more scheduled for the site in the months and years ahead. Each lesson includes an outline of educational standards addressed, the lesson’s objectives, and how to apply and evaluate that lesson.

The lesson plans include safe, natively hosted videos, Google Docs and Slides, and various tools and links are provided to support each exercise. This complimentary resource is available for all teachers across the country and applies to all grade levels aligned with National Arts and Common Core standards.

“Preservation Hall’s lessons are transforming student learning experiences. It’s digitally-savvy resources and immersive learning approaches will make students feel like they are in the Hall. Music in their bones and content in their minds, what an exciting time to learn!” said JoDee Scissors, Preservation Hall Lessons Co-Developer & Founder of PaperPlanes ED.

Nothing could replace the experience of a live performance or lesson at Preservation Hall, but these lessons reflect the spirit and revered traditions celebrated at the Hall by its cherished musicians.

The Preservation Hall Foundation would like to extend a special thanks to the Pincus Family Foundation for its invaluable support in developing Preservation Hall Lessons.

For more on Preservation Hall Lessons, visit


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