As we continue to “bridge the gap” between The Civil War and The Civil Rights Movement, students are exploring the special role music played in the growth and culture of African Americans. We listened to clips of jazz music and talked about how the music made us feel. We noticed that when listening to Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasie that we felt both happy and sad at the same time. Similar to the continued challenges that African Americans faced after The Civil War, jazz music helps to embody the joyous feeling of winning the war and the sad feeling of not fully being free. Students explored jazz instruments, musical terminology and will continue to learn how African Americans brought with them to America a tradition of using music to accompany and define activities of their lives.