Get ready to swing and dance to the jazzy beat! This month we will be exploring one of our country’s most cherished art forms, jazz. Jazz is an important part of our American history and we believe that children should be introduced to it at an early age. What is jazz? Jazz is a genre of music that originated in the African-American community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was developed from blues and ragtime. Throughout the month of April, students will learn about the history of jazz and some of its pioneers.